Apple has turned 40. It's been an eventful four decades for the firm, lurching from near demise in the 1980s to becoming the world's most profitable company thanks to a hit factory of devices since the turn of the millennium.
V3 has put together a list of what we consider the company's 10 most important devices and inventions in the past 40 years that have helped Apple become not just the biggest technology company, but the biggest company in the world.
10. Apple I
The machine that started it all, the Apple I, was designed and built by Steve Wozniak in 1976 after inspiration struck during a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club.
Once Woz had worked out the design, Steve Jobs set about securing a deal to sell them through a business called The Byte Shop at $500 a pop, and then to consumers for $666, because they liked repeating digits. Nothing Satanic. That may sound cheap but it was about $2,700 in today’s money.
The specs were somewhat basic by today’s standards: a 1MHz CPU and 4KB of memory, expanding to a whopping 48KB using expansion cards.
Still, while you didn’t get a lot of computing power for your money by today’s standards, you did get a bargain - if you held on to it.
The Apple I regularly fetches six-figure sums at auction, underlining just how fundamental the device was to the history of Apple and the computing landscape.
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