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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Macintosh Portable computer in 1989.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Steve Jobs in Paris on Sept. 17, 1998.


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

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