A Brief History of Apple’s Beginnings
Apple. This company has been synonymous with innovation and creativity ever since its inception in 1976. From the Apple I to the iPhone 4S, Apple has continually raised the bar for technological excellence. While this company is a massive Goliath among the computer and electronics industry today, it came from very Davidic beginnings.
Whenever you pull out your iPod, iPhone, Macbook, or other Apple product, have you ever wondered what brilliant was responsible for the creation of these awesome devices? Well, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are the men responsible for creating the titanic Apple Inc. However, one might think that the creators of one of the most successful corporations in the modern world would have graduated top of their class from Harvard, Yale, or any other Ivy League school. In reality, Jobs dropped out of Reed College, and Wozniak withdrew from UC Berkeley. Together, they built the company from the ground up.
In 1971, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, a 16 and 21 year-old college dropout respectively, met through their mutual friend, Bill Fernandez. Jobs interested Wozniak in developing a machine to sell. Jobs then met with a local computer store, The Byte Shop, and managed to get 50 orders together for the machine. To pay for the parts, Jobs convinced Cramer Electronics to give him the parts on credit to be paid after the sale of the machines.
After selling roughly 200 of these computers, Wozniak changed his design to the Apple II computer. However, due to their moderate success, they needed to move up a step and create their company. To do so, Jobs borrowed $250,000 by co-signing a bank loan with “Mike” Markkula. Thanks to this loan, the Apple Computer Company was formed on April 1, 1976. The name came for two reasons. One, they wanted to come before Atari in the phone book, and two, Jobs wanted it due to fond memories of working on an apple farm in Oregon one summer. Finally, with the money and a brand new design thanks to Jerry Manock, the Apple II came out in 1977. Due to their computers, Apple became credited with creating the home computer market.
“Dedicated to the memory of Steven Jobs”
by Nic Johnson