The Evolution of Apple

Apple was founded on April 1, 1976, by college dropouts Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with their lesser-known co-founder, Ronald Wayne.

The company's first product, the Apple I, proved to be a huge success, with sales hitting $7.7 million in 1978.

Fast forward just a couple of years to 1980, and with sales growing to $117 million, Apple found itself in the position to be able to go public by launching its Initial Public Offering (IPO) and four-years since its inception.

The years that followed proved to be pretty turbulent, however, famously concluding with Steve Jobs being thrown out of his own company by the Apple board in 1985.

Unable to build on its initial success, sales at Apple began to flounder without the vision and direction of Steve Jobs, with the company releasing uninspiring product after uninspiring product.

In what has since proved instrumental to the company's success, Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after it acquired his company NEXT, initially returning as an advisor before soon regaining the title of CEO.

Since then, Apple has gone on to release hit product after hit product, for example, the iMac which launched in 1998, the iBook in 1999, the iPod in 2001, iTunes in 2003, and their most popular product to date, the iPhone which released in 2007.

Steve Jobs, unfortunately, passed away from Pancreatic cancer in 2011, and the mantle of steering and growing the tech titan has since passed to Tim Cook.

Check out this infographic to learn about the entire evolution of Apple, from a young upstart in the early years of computing to the tech giant that we know and love today.

Enjoy!

an infographic showing the evolution of Apple
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