Apple II Computer Introduced

Apple II

Apple Computer, a newly formed computer company, introduced the Apple II personal computer. Apple II was the first serious home computer, and would result in a desktop computer revolution throughout the world. The company whose two main principals at the time were Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak by 2012 Apple computer had become the most valuable company in the world.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were friends for a few years. The two had developed boxes that bypassed the phone companies billing systems to make free phone calls. Jobs worked for a while at Atari and would get help from Wozniak. Wozniak began to attend a meeting of the Home Brew Computer Club. There he became obsessed with building his own computer. When MOS Technology released and inexpensive Microprocessor the 6502 in 1976 Wozniak wrote a version of the Basic language to run on it. He brought his computer to the Home Brew Society, and Jobs who was their immediately grasped its potential. He convinced Wozniak that they should sell the computers. Jobs went to Byte Shop who agreed to buy 50 assembled computers. With that order in hand Jobs was able to turn to Cramer Electronics and receive credit to buy the parts to assemble the computers. Jobs and Wozniak worked together putting together the computers which became known as Apple I. They delivered them and were promptly paid. Steve met Mike Markkula who co-signed a bank loan for $250,000, and they continued to produce Apple I.

While producing their first computer, Wozniak was working on the design of the Apple II. The II was able to generate graphics on a TV screen and was fully functioning right of the box. The computer was shown to the public for the first time at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 16 and 17 1977. The computer revolutionized home computer being the first computer for the average consumer. Millions were produced. Apple went on to introduce the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iWatch and Apple became the most valuable company on the planet. Jobs died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.