Apple, the name itself commands regard and admiration. The world renowned computer company is actually the brain child of perhaps one of the greatest innovators that history has ever witnessed – Late Mr. Steve Jobs. His untimely death has left a permanent hole in the heart of every computer and gadget enthusiast. Steve Jobs, with his brain child Apple Inc, in the true sense revolutionized the way the world listened to music and operated the traditional computers. The beginning of Apple Inc can be traced down to the early and mid seventies. It came into existence as the joint effort of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. They spent their teenage life in San Jose, California, famous as the Silicon Valley. Both Jobs and Wozniak were an outcast as teenagers and did not mingle well with the crowds and were high school drop out. They both first met in Hewlett Packard, where Jobs was a summer intern and Wozniak was working as a calculator manufacturer. Wozniak was a maverick of the technology product and has manufactured various devices illegally. One of his highly intriguing invention was a device which allowed people to make long distance calls. He made this device by hacking illegally the networks of AT & T. After a brief time, Jobs and Wozniak decided to time up and work towards a single direction. Where at one place Wozniak derived gratification from manufacturing intriguing devices, Steve Jobs came up with gainful strategies to market the range of personal computers to the world. The company was set up on the sacrifice of Volkswagen Bus of Jobs and HP Programmable of Wozniak. Initially, the basement section of Jobs’ house served as the “headquarters” of the company. They created their first ever personal computer on April 1, 1976. The first Apple computer was released under the name of Apple Computer Co.
Those Nostalgic Initial Stages
The first ever personal computer of Apple used TV as the display medium, which was revolutionizing in its own self as before that, no personal computers offered any sort of display. It worked much faster than other machines and provided and easy start up RAM and bootstrap code. It also offered a flexible hood which covered and revealed the machine, as and when required. The first order came from the local computer shop which offered to buy 50 computers, paying $50 for each. Both Jobs and Wozniak supplied the order themselves, spending every penny and a lot of sleepless nights. Steve Jobs also solicited Ronald Wayne to join the company and improve its functioning with his own knowledge. However the could not carry on the collaboration for long. Gaining Pace in the Seventies and the Eighties
After establishing the foothold with Apple I and registering monetary gains, Apple introduced a new and advanced version Apple II. It was really popular in that time, owing to its remodeled TV interface which aptly handled the graphics and colors. The future endeavors demanded money and thus the investments came from Mike Markkula. Markkula was deeply impressed with the success format explained to him by Steve Jobs and invested a flamboyant sum of $92,000 and further $250,000 which came as a bank loan. Markulla also played the role of mentor in both Jobs’ and Wozniak’s life and provided them with expert management and business solutions. The first CEO of Apple – Michael Scott, the person who suggested the invention of floppy, was also brought by Markulla. Macintosh, which is the most famous product of Apple, was actually the first computer to make use of graphic mouse interface. It was formed after one of the Apple employee, Jef Raskin repeatedly stressed over the need to develop easy looking computers for a common man. The beginning stages saw the incapability of Steve Jobs to manage the firm on his own. He lacked the vision and maturity of the strategist and was no linear in his approach. He later invited Sculley to help in the functioning the company. Sculley, with his years of...