Apple has become the most the valuable company in the world. Many of the products they offer have revolutionized the way we use computers and handheld devices these days. Their Headquarters is located in Cupertino California, where they design, develop, and create their consumer electronics, computer software, and many online services to their customers. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded the company in 1976 to develop and sell personal computers that they created. They are now the largest information technology company and the largest publicly traded company in the world.
The Apple I was the first computer that they offered for sale. It was a computer kit, designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. During their first few years of operation, their company grew by leaps and bounds. Their revenue would double every four months. Apple II was the next computer model offered and offered business applications like VisiCalc, a spreadsheet program to help businesses run easier. In 1980, the company went public, generating more capital than any IPO since the Ford Motor Company and created more millionaires than any other company in history.
The Macintosh was the next big computer for the company. The computer worked with a laser printer and offered a desktop publishing program, starting the entire desktop publishing market. Not long after, a power struggle occurred within the company, ending up with Steve Jobs leaving the company and starting NeXT Inc. The company went through hard times after his departure. One bright spot was the introduction of the PowerBook, which is the design of all modern laptops. The company tried to branch out into other electronic products areas but were unsuccessful and they had a hard time keeping up with PCs and Microsoft.
In 1997, the company purchased Steve Jobs company, NeXT Inc., bringing Jobs back to the company. The return of Jobs brought profitability back to the company. The iMac was released, which was a big hit and sold eight hundred thousand units in their first few months. The company then launched the iPod, a portable digital audio player. This was one of the biggest successes for any product ever created. They sold over one hundred million units in six years. They also launched iTunes, where they offered online music downloads at a low price. iTunes quickly became the market leader in online music sales.
The success of the iPod lead to the revolutionary iPhone. The iPhone was one of the first smartphones and lead the way to the mobile computing era we now live in. Almost everyone has a smartphone in their hand these days. After the wildly successful iPhone, they launched the iPad, a tablet that worked as well as a computer. Tablets have now taken over much of the computer market share. They also launched AppleTV and the AppleWatch to help people be even more connected than they ever have before. They have stores all over the world with geniuses that can help you with any of your products. If you need any help regarding your device or service, simply contact Apple here.