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Some companies seem to have a knack for revolutionizing any market that they enter. They produce innovative new
products that sell in huge numbers, change people‟s expectations and become world famous. In the movie world,
for example, you may know Pixar and Dreamworks. Online, you are probably familiar with the Google and
Facebook. In the computer world, there is one name that instantly comes to mind. That company is Apple.
The beginning of Apple is a legendary story. In 1976, twenty-one year old Steve Jobs started the company
from his family home in California. He worked with computer scientist Steve Wozinak, and businessman Ronald
Wayne, to develop, build, and market a persomal computer, their first product. These first computers were not very
slick or professional, but they were definitely innovative. The Apple I was the first low-cost computer system to
have built-in video capabilities. This means it was able to display its output on a TV screen. Following the success
of Apple I, Apple launched a second computer in 1977. This model came with its own monitor and keyboard and
was called the Apple II increased when it was chosen as the platform for the first spreadsheet program, called
VisiCalc. This made the Apple II popular with business users as well.
Apple‟s next innovative success came in January 1984 when it released the Apple Macintosh. It was the
first commercially successful computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI). Before the
Macintosh, computer users operated their computer by typing instructions on a keyboard. Now they could operate
their computer by pointing and clicking on the GUI with a mouse The Macintosh inspired many similar operating
system, including Microsoft Windows.
Visionary founder, Steve Jobs, left Apple in 1985 and the company‟s reputation for innovation seemed to
leave with him. However, when Jobs returned to his old job in 1996, he quickly revitalized the company. Most
people are familiar with Apple‟s success since Job‟s return. Starting in 1998 and continuing to the present day,
Apple has release several new and very popular production including the iMac (1998), the iPod (2001), the iPhone
(2007), and finally the iPad (2010). All these products combined stylish good looks with a powerful, simple to use,
operating system – a combination that is very popular with customers. These days, Apple‟s reputation for
innovation is second to none.
What was special about Apple‟s Macintosh?
It has a mouse and a graphical user interface.
It was the first computer with a monitor and keyboard.
It was the first computer to have built-in video.
It could display its output on a TV screen.
A. It has a mouse and a graphical user interface.
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