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Apple Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, CA and was incorporated on January 3, 1977 (Apple, 2010). The company was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Jobs also asked his former colleague from Atari, Ronald Wayne to join them in their startup. Wayne designed the first Apple logo. In early 1976 Jobs approached a local company store, The Byte Shop, said they would be interested in the machine, but only if it came completely assembled (Foljanty, 2010). The shop ordered 50 Apple I computers which sold for $666.66. The three owners would assemble the Apple Is at night in their garage still managed to deliver the ordered Apple Is in ten days. In April of 1976 Ron Wayne resigned from Apple Computer because he felt the financial risk was too great since Steve Wozniak had not been legally released from HP. In the fall of 1975 Wozniak put the finishing touches on the Apple II prototype. After Apple was incorporated it hires their first ad agency. Foljanty (2010), “Rob Janov, employee of the agency designs the Apple logo that is still in use today.” (1976 - 1979: The Beginning, para.). In 1980 Apple went public and the stocks’ value increased significantly. In August 1981 Apple introduced IBM’s first personal computer the IBM-PC it became a great success even though it was slower than the Apple II (Foljanty, 2010). On January 24, 1984 the Macintosh is released. Foljanty (2010), “It was an easy to use, all-in-one desktop computer with graphical user interface.” (1976 - 1979: The Beginning, para.). On August 15, 1998 the iMac was released and become the fastest selling PC in history. With the release of the iMac it helped reintroduce Apple to the public and announced that the company would focus on the design and aesthetics of its products. In 2001 Apple introduced its first iPod which is a portable digital audio player. The first iPod started as a 5 gigabyte player that was capable of storing around 1000 songs. Since the release of the first iPod Apple...
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