Today marks the 45th anniversary of Apple, co-founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976. Wayne sold his 10% share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak just 12 days later to avoid financial risk, which is ironic in hindsight given that his stake would be worth more than $200 billion today.
Apple’s history began in the garage of Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos, California, where he worked with Wozniak to test the first Apple I computer systems in 1975. Jobs later reached a sales agreement with a small computer store named the Byte Shop in nearby Mountain View, California, which began selling the Apple I in July 1976 for $666.66. Wozniak later said he chose that price because he liked repeating digits.
From near-bankruptcy in the late 1990s to becoming the world’s most valuable public company by the 2010s, Apple has been through a series of highs and lows over the past four and a half of decades. The company has introduced several iconic products over that time, most notably including the Macintosh in 1984, the iPod in 2001, and the iPhone in 2007, with Jobs becoming well known for his charismatic keynote presentations.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reflected on the company’s 45th anniversary today on Twitter, sharing a quote from Jobs and thanking employees.
As Apple celebrates 45 years today, I’m reminded of Steve’s words from many years ago: “It’s been an amazing journey so far, yet we have barely begun.” Thanks to every member of our Apple family for all you’ve done to enrich lives. Here’s to the next 45 years & beyond!
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 1, 2021