Apple History Timeline
Timeline Description: The Apple computer helped change the way that people functioned around the world. They took a machine that was unreachable to most people, and they put it down on their level; this changed the face of the world.

Date Event
1955 Steve Jobs is born

Steven Paul Jobs was born in California. His parents gave him up for adoption, and he was raised by an adopted family—the Jobs family.
1968 Jobs gets an internship with Hewlett-Packard

Steve was innovative and very interested in electronics. He approached Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, looking for advice and parts—instead he was offered an internship with HP.
1976 Apple Computers is born

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created what is known as the Apple Computer. They sold the computers as kits, and they were known as the Apple I.
January 1977 Apple Incorporated

Together, Steve Jobs and Steve Jozniak moved the company forward. They went on to incorporate Apple in 1977.
June 1977 Release of the Apple II

The "Steves" went on to make the Apple II, their second computer. It was enhanced with colorful graphics and sounds, and it quickly caught on.
1984 The introduction of the Macintosh

The first Apple computer was the Macintosh. Before that time, most people didn't even understand computers, but Apple helped open new doors by making computers accessible to everyone; it was a fad that quickly caught fire.
1985 Steve Jobs leaves Apple

Apple's CEO John Sculley masterminded the ousting of Steve Jobs from the company. However, Jobs went willingly, saying he was only 30 years old and had more to do with his life.
1996 Steve Jobs returns to Apple

During the eleven years he was gone from Apple, Jobs created NeXT software, which eventually created Pixar and the movie Toy Story. Apple purchased NeXT, and Jobs returned to Apple as an adviser.
1997 A partnership with Microsoft

In a $150 million deal, Apple teamed up with Microsoft. They put Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer on the Apple computers.
1998 The iMac

After opening the Apple Store, which allowed customers to customize their computers, Apple came out with a new, compact computers. It was called the iMac, and it was a hit.
January 2001 iTunes is introduced

iTunes was a revolutionary music application in its time. It was available only to Mac users.
October 2001 Apple comes out with the iPod

The introduction of the iPod set the music world on fire. It became an instant hit, and has sold hundreds of millions of units.
2005 New products

Apple continued rolling out new products. In a single year they introduced the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nana, and the iPod with video.
2006 Disney buys Pixar from Apple

Disney officially purchased Pixar from Apple in 2006. Steve Jobs joined Disney's board.
2007 and beyond Apple expands

Apple's inoventions would continue for years. They came out with the iPhone and the App Store, and eventually the iPad.