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1976

Apple Computers, Inc. was founded by college dropouts Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Jobs and Wozniak started out building the Apple I in Jobs' garage and sold them without a monitor, keyboard, or casing.

The Apple II revolutionized the computer industry with the introduction of the first-ever color graphics.

Jobs' deal with Adobe, creator of the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), created the phenomenon known as desktop publishing.

The Macintosh personal computer debuted, establishing itself as the next standard in personal computers.

The iconic "1984" commercial ran during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl XVIII,

1985

CEO John Sculley turned down an appeal from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to license its software.

1997

Apple, in need of an operating system, bought out Jobs' NeXT Software and Steve Jobs became CEO in 2000.

2001

Apple introduced its first iPod portable digital audio player, capable of storing around 1000 songs.

The iTunes Music Store was launched in April 2003.

2007

The first version of the iPhone became publicly available.

When Steve Jobs died in October 5, 2011, Apple continued his legacy with Tim Cook.

While it may feel hard to believe now, once upon a time, every teenager didn't have their eyes glued to an iPhone and the MacBook Pro wasn't the lifeblood of your friendly neighborhood journalist. 

So how did the only reason you know the time in Cupertino revolutionize the tech industry? Dive into the past of what made Real Money Stock of the Day Apple (AAPL - Get Report) the company it is today.

Founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak--two college drop outs--in 1976, Apple has gone on to challenge the status quo, creating computers that are beautifully designed and user friendly and bringing iPhones to life. 

Here's some quick facts: 

  • Apple's first accomplishment was the Macintosh computer, which was rolled out in 1984. 
  • The iconic iPod wasn't introduced until after Jobs took the reins as CEO. The first edition of the iPod was introduced in 2001. 
  • The iPhone wasn't rolled out until 2007.

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