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Here's What Apple Computers Looked Like During Their Early Years

Here's What Apple Computers Looked Like During Their Early Years

On Thursday, Apple set a record as the first public company in Wall Street history to be worth $1 trillion. Here's a look back at the formative years of the tech giant.

Posted on August 2, 2018, at 5:49 p.m. ET

Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Computer Inc., at the first West Coast Computer Faire, where the Apple II computer was debuted in San Francisco, 1977.
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Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Computer Inc., at the first West Coast Computer Faire, where the Apple II computer was debuted in San Francisco, 1977.

The Apple II was designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak by the end of 1976 as the first mass-marketed personal computer.
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The Apple II was designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak by the end of 1976 as the first mass-marketed personal computer.

Joel Skolnick, a computer store manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts, displays a memory board of an Apple II computer on Nov. 15, 1978.
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Joel Skolnick, a computer store manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts, displays a memory board of an Apple II computer on Nov. 15, 1978.

Left: Jobs poses with an Apple II computer, 1981. Right: The Apple III computer was first introduced in 1980 and was intended to be aimed at business users. It was the first Apple machine to incorporate a built-in 5.25-inch floppy disk drive and high-resolution graphics built into the motherboard.
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Left: Jobs poses with an Apple II computer, 1981. Right: The Apple III computer was first introduced in 1980 and was intended to be aimed at business users. It was the first Apple machine to incorporate a built-in 5.25-inch floppy disk drive and high-resolution graphics built into the motherboard.

Journalist Elizabeth Peer poses with a range of Apple computers in New York, 1982.
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Journalist Elizabeth Peer poses with a range of Apple computers in New York, 1982.

Michela Alioto, a woman with paraplegia, undergoes physical therapy with the aid of an Apple II Plus on Sept. 24, 1983.
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Michela Alioto, a woman with paraplegia, undergoes physical therapy with the aid of an Apple II Plus on Sept. 24, 1983.

Wozniak (left center) and Apple's then-CEO John Sculley (far right), and Jobs (center) discuss the new Apple IIc at a press conference in San Francisco, 1984.
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Wozniak (left center) and Apple's then-CEO John Sculley (far right), and Jobs (center) discuss the new Apple IIc at a press conference in San Francisco, 1984.

Youth members of a local computer club in San Francisco try out the keyboards of the new Apple IIc computer on April 24, 1984.
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Youth members of a local computer club in San Francisco try out the keyboards of the new Apple IIc computer on April 24, 1984.

The Macintosh Portable computer in 1989.
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The Macintosh Portable computer in 1989.

Children use Apple computers in their classroom in San Francisco, 1994.
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Children use Apple computers in their classroom in San Francisco, 1994.

Left: Apple President and CEO Michael Spindler during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Jan. 23, 1996. Right: Two young Burmese monks walk past a billboard advertising Apple Macintosh computers on May 25, 1996, in Rangoon, Myanmar.
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Left: Apple President and CEO Michael Spindler during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Jan. 23, 1996. Right: Two young Burmese monks walk past a billboard advertising Apple Macintosh computers on May 25, 1996, in Rangoon, Myanmar.

Exhibitors show off Macintosh products at the Macworld convention in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 1996. The following week saw Apple posting a $68 million operating loss for the quarter with the expectation to lay off at least 1,000 employees.
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Exhibitors show off Macintosh products at the Macworld convention in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 1996. The following week saw Apple posting a $68 million operating loss for the quarter with the expectation to lay off at least 1,000 employees.

Baron Byron, a computer salesperson at Computerware in Palo Alto, California, demonstrates Apple's Newton device at his store on May 22, 1997.
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Baron Byron, a computer salesperson at Computerware in Palo Alto, California, demonstrates Apple's Newton device at his store on May 22, 1997.

Apple employees walk past giant computer icons adjacent to the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Feb. 3, 1997.
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Apple employees walk past giant computer icons adjacent to the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Feb. 3, 1997.

Jobs stands at a podium as Bill Gates, then the chief executive of Microsoft, appears on a video screen to address the Macworld convention and announce the new alliance between Apple and Microsoft on Aug. 6, 1997.
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Jobs stands at a podium as Bill Gates, then the chief executive of Microsoft, appears on a video screen to address the Macworld convention and announce the new alliance between Apple and Microsoft on Aug. 6, 1997.

A salesperson shows a potential customer new models during the Apple Expo show in Paris, on Sept. 18, 1997.
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A salesperson shows a potential customer new models during the Apple Expo show in Paris, on Sept. 18, 1997.

A man buys an anti-Windows T-shirt from a sidewalk vendor outside the World Trade Center in Boston on Aug. 7, 1997.
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A man buys an anti-Windows T-shirt from a sidewalk vendor outside the World Trade Center in Boston on Aug. 7, 1997.

Cars drive by an Apple Computer billboard on March 31, 1998, in Los Angeles.
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Cars drive by an Apple Computer billboard on March 31, 1998, in Los Angeles.

Apple's new iBook laptop computer on July 1, 1999.
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Apple's new iBook laptop computer on July 1, 1999.

A boy tries out an Apple iMac computer in Tokyo, 1999.
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A boy tries out an Apple iMac computer in Tokyo, 1999.

Steve Jobs in Paris on Sept. 17, 1998.
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Steve Jobs in Paris on Sept. 17, 1998.

CORRECTION

John Sculley was CEO of Apple in 1984. An earlier version of this post misstated his name and title.


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