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Steve Jobs Media Empire Timeline

It wasn't all iPhones and MacBooks. For over three decades, Steve Jobs innovated and funded technology that touches our lives every single day.

Posted on October 6, 2011, at 12:31 p.m. ET

1976 - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak start Apple Computer and release their first product: Apple I


1977 - The Apple II is released.

1983 - Apple releases the "Lisa" desktop designed with businesses in mind. It's interface is still used to this day.

1984 - The Macintosh hits the market and becomes the first computer targeted for personal use.

1985 - Steve Jobs leaves Apple after an internal power struggle.

1986 - Jobs founds NeXt Computers, a UNIX based system, in the hopes of putting Apple out of business.

1986 - Steve Jobs purchases Pixar from George Lucas for $5 million.

1996 - Apple buys out NeXt for $429 million and 1.5 million shares of Apple stock. NeXt OPENSTEP software is incorporated into the Mac OS.

1997 - Steve Jobs becomes the CEO of Apple after the company hemorrhages over $1.8 billion.

1998 - The colorful iMac desktop is launched.

2001 - Generation One iPods go on sale.

2003 - The iTunes store opens, adding movies, podcasts, TV shows and other media to Apple's empire.

2006 - Steve Jobs sells Pixar to Disney for $7.4 billion.

2007 - After months of speculation, the iPhone is officially announced.

2008 - The App Store is released as a complement to iTunes.

2010 - Apple launches the iPad and has an 84% market share on tablets by the end of the fiscal year.

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