Coming up: Apple turns 30

Coming up: Apple turns 30

Summary: Coming up: On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded in Mountain View, CA.  The company incorporated in early 1977, and introduced the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire the same year.

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Coming up: On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded in Mountain View, CA.  The company incorporated in early 1977, and introduced the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire the same year.  The Apple II had a 1 MHz MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor and 4 KB of RAM, expandable to 48 KB. The 48 KB version sold for $2638. About the same amount of money today gets you an iMac with a 2GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed, from 512 MB to 2 GB of RAM and much, much more thanks to Moore's Law, Steve Jobs and thousands of others. We'll have more coverage next week...

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  • Happy 30th

    The Apple II was one of the first computers I used, mostly because it was just entering the schools in my district, 'round about 1983. Like every computer of the time it came with a programming language. Apples were easy to program, due to built-in Applesoft BASIC. There was a lot of knowledge shared about them, plus there were programming magazines around that introduced me to how to write software for them. It was always exciting to see what someone else was doing with them, though the people doing the exciting stuff were programming in machine code (hexadecimal). The breadth of software available for it made the Apple II the go-to platform for getting work done, running educational software, or playing the latest game. Its library of educational software was difficult to beat.

    The most memorable titles for me were Karateka, Star Blazer, Choplifter, and Drol (all by Br0derbund Software--God, what a great company that was!), Terrapin Logo (by Terrapin Software), and Robot Odyssey (by The Learning Company). Loved 'em all!

    By the way, www.itconversations.com has a great series of MP3 recordings of a speech Steve Wozniak gave at a recent Gnomedex conference. He gave his background story of what led him to create the first Apple computer, and then the Apple II.

    Happy 30th.
    Mark Miller
  • I would like to see Steve Jobs

    recognized as the real driver behind the personal computing
    revolution in the world. It isn't just about being at the right place
    at the right time nor just the engineering features. He has shown
    more than enyone in the business that he understands what people
    need and want and putting all the priorities together to come up
    with market leading products.

    Bill Gates may be the richest in money but Steve Jobs is far richer in
    brains, creativity and making real breakthroughs happen.
    mlindl