The co-founders of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, introduced innovative ideas in 1976 that greatly impacted the computer industry. The Apple I, the first computer created by the duo, was revolutionary in many ways.
Macintosh started a revolution
The original Apple Macintosh came out almost 40 years ago, and was revolutionary in its time. It changed the way we think about computers forever, as it was such a massive leap forward compared to the IBM PC which dominated the market at the time. Before its introduction in 1981, computer technology was expensive and inaccessible to most people. Businesses had to resort to using adding machines and calculators for daily use, while more complicated work went to accounting firms or businesses that specialized in computer processing.
The Macintosh 128K presented a unique challenge to those outdated practices, offering users an affordable and powerful computing device with a graphical user interface and point-and-click mouse. This made it much easier for someone who lacked tech expertise to still run efficient projects from home or any other environment – all you needed was this one machine and you didn’t need any technical knowledge whatsoever. Even today, we can still see traces of its legacy in many of our devices that employ graphical user interfaces and point-and-click navigation methods. The introduction of the Macintosh made navigating technology accessible on a mass scale, creating a revolution in personal computing that changed the world forever.
Introducing Apple I
The first Apple computer, the Apple 1, was produced in the year 1976 in a garage located in Palo Alto, California. At the time of its introduction to the world it seemed antiquated by modern standards. What made this model special was that it was produced and sold as a kit at stores like Byte Shop, with few parts needed to begin using it; all that was required were a monitor and keyboard. This decision was revolutionary as it meant that users were not subject to buying additional peripherals in order to run their machine. The initial cost of the Apple 1 kit was around $666. Steve Wozniak hand-built every unit himself and more than 200 units had been sold by Byte Shop for individual use.
The introductory Apple product allowed individuals previously unable to access such technology an opportunity to experience working with and on a computer from the comfort of their own home or work space. By introducing and releasing the machine through popular outlets, Apple enabled those who weren’t necessarily professionals in technology have access to products previously only available to professional technicians and engineers. In this vein, one could easily argue that this single product changed our world forever: ultimately leading us up until present day where we can observe how far computing technology has advanced.