Apple turns 42 today



42 years ago today, April 1st, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed Apple Computer. The following January 3rd, the business was incorporated. Surely the two Steves couldn't have imagined that Apple would be on its way to becoming the first public company valued at $1 trillion (current market cap is $850 billion). Along the way, Apple would become known for a number of things that would turn the company and Steve Jobs into household names.

Let's take a trip down memory lane starting with the introduction of Apple's most important and world-changing product, the iPhone. To paraphrase Jobs' own "The Crazy Ones" commercial, you can love the iPhone or hate it, but it did push forward the concept of what a smartphone is, and to this day the design of the latest model is copied by countless manufacturers. Think that's an overstatement? Exhibit one, the "Notch." The OG iPhone featured Apple's ground breaking (and patented) multi-touch, which added "pinch and zoom" to our vocabulary.

After months of rumors and phony renders, Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPhone at MacWorld on January 9th, 2007. The original iPhone was far from being perfect. It ran over AT&T's impossibly slow EDGE network, did not feature MMS capabilities, and could not copy and paste. Also, it did not support stereo Bluetooth. Apple fixed some of these issues with the iPhone 3G, which was also the first model to feature the App Store. The latter opened on July 10th, 2008, with approximately 500 apps available.

Apple, as it still does to this day, tinkered with its smartphone and added virtual assistant Siri with the iPhone 4s. Over the subsequent years, the screen got larger, Touch ID was added, a plastic version didn't connect with buyers, a larger "phablet" variant of the device was introduced, and last year Apple unveiled the tenth anniversary model called the Apple iPhone X. The latter added the new TrueDepth Camera, Face ID and an edge-to-edge OLED screen.



While the iPhone might be Apple's highest grossing product, the company created the consumer tablet category when Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad on January 27th, 2010. Like it did with the iPhone, the iPad was refined over the years. First, a smaller iPad mini was introduced in 2012, and three years later the larger screened, more powerful Apple iPad Pro was unveiled. The latter was equipped with four speakers, the ability to multitask using a split screen, and came with support for the Apple Pencil. To this day, Apple still is the volume leader in the tablet market.



Back in 2013, rumors started picking up steam about an Apple smartwatch that was expected to be called the iWatch. Apple even filed trademarks to register that name in several countries. As it turned out, a company called OMG Electronics had already filed to use the iWatch name in September 2012 for a timepiece that was never made. Still, Apple had to call its wearable the Apple Watch. This was introduced on September 9th, 2014. A stand-alone version of the timepiece with a cellular connection became available when the Apple Watch Series 3 was launched last September. Apple is now the top watch manufacturer in the world, topping several companies that are much older.



On May 28th, 2014, Apple made its largest acquisition to-date with the $3 billion purchase of Beats Audio. That led to the creation of Apple Music, available on iOS and yes, even Android. Apple's music streamer was unveiled on June 8th, 2015 and launched on June 30th, 2015. It now has 38 million paid subscribers at last count, second only to Spotify.



Lastly, Apple came late to the smart speaker party with the HomePod. Trying to play catch up in a category created and dominated by Amazon, it didn't help that Apple had to push back the release of the device into this year. As a result, the HomePod was not available for the holiday shopping season last year. Despite offering a premium sound experience, the hefty $349 price tag and Siri's failure to keep up with the competition could make the HomePod a hard sell.

So what is in Apple's future? The next big product could be Apple Glasses, which is believed to be an AR headset similar to Google Glass. Rumored to use rOS (reality Operating System) and carry a model number of T2888, the wearable is reportedly going to be made by contract manufacturer Quanta. Apple Glasses could launch as early as next year, or the year after. Former Apple analyst Gene Munster predicted in 2017 that Apple Glasses will become bigger than the iPhone.

In other words, the future remains bright for Apple and we can't wait to see what the company comes up with over the next 42 years. Happy Birthday Apple!

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23 Comments

1. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Wow. Mite tl

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That's our Apple!!! May God bless them to be eternal. Go Apple, go!

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Only 42? Hahaha Nokia for example was started in 1865. But i know apple is like god for iSheep!

9. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

And where are they now? They peaked once but now they just blend in to the Android woodwork.

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Do some research before you make yourself look like a fool! Nokia does more than phones, they are huge in the network infrastructure. Every time you use your phone for example the connection routes to a Nokia device somehow. They still have 102.000 employees! Plus their upcoming 5G ReefShark is of the chart!

18. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The truth is, that Nokia delivered to the tech World much, much, more than Apple. Except of the first iPhone, Apple delivered NOTHING. Today's smartphones would be the same even without iPhone. The tech was there with millions of innovations. Apple was just fist. The bad luck for Nokia was that they are not US company, and the most troubling:- with their own OS , and that's why were killed.

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Klinton LOL! What a pathetic excuse! If apple didn't release the iphone. Did you think that android would evolve? Do you think that mobile devices such as smartphones would improved without apple? Just so you know. Google have plans to reveal the first android smartphone. But with lots of buttons!https://appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/14/exclusive-android-docs-reveal-before-iphone-googles-plan-was-a-java-button-phonehttps://www.theverge.com/2012/5/5/3001163/google-early-android-design-prototype-phone So tell me for the following tech. How will these exist in the first place? 1. MicroSD card. 2. LPDDR RAM 3. Full capacitive touch screen phone. 4. Fingerprint sensor on home buttons. 5. Mobile assistant like siri, google now, or cortana 6. Dual Camera module. 7. Mobile appstore 8. Wireless charging smartphones. 9. Stereo speaker on mobile phones. 10. RISC instruction set. 11. Mobile AR and VR technology. 12. 4k resolution on mobile devices. 13. Dolby atmos speakers. 14. DTS Surround sound for mobile devices. 15. Tablet You think that if google has no one to challenge and has made a smartphone similar to others would have done this? The technology may be there. But with no back up supporters. Who would notice these technologies? Whose company would get those millions of innovation if it was shown as a junk?

24. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Again this is not true. In 2006 Android had two test devices, the dream (all touch) and the Sooner (had a keyboard and trackpad). That's a year before the iPhone was announced. Yes, technology (including the smartphone) would have evolved if Apple never existed. In fact, it likely works have evolved faster with Apple stifling the competition with bogus patents and lawsuits. BTW, the first capacitive screen phone was the Prada.

27. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Ignoring all the BS you wrote , will just remind you that (tablet)iPad is nothing but bigger smartphone. Same OS, capability and functions. BTW Archos had phone OS tablet before Apple. Real tablets are PC tablets.

28. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Klinton Real tablets should have lots of touch capable apps. And most apps shouldn't eat a lot of memory! Real Tablets shouldn't have any necessity to use a keyboard or a mouse! And Most of all REAL TABLETS ARE IPADS! Stop bringing those windows category on tablets cause most of the time. You will be having a keyboard and a mouse on your side. Unlike ipads which doesn't require a keyboard or a mouse all the time! Even if archos had a phone OS tablet before apple. It isn't widely known device unlike apple!

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Apple is living rent free in that small plot of land you call a brain...they don’t even know or would care that you exist but you will be forever triggered by them

5. gamehead unregistered

42 years of overpriced garbage

6. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

While i did not think they were formed in 2007, I didn't realize they were that old. Well happy birthday to them.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They have the secret recipe for success. Great job.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Love em or hate em, Apple knows how to get money. Happy 42nd, some good stuff has come from Apple. I wanna see more.

16. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I'm six days younger than Apple, interesting.

20. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Apple!!!!

25. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I don't like you Apple, but I know it's good to have you around. So Happy Birhtday and be around, push hard, make others do better.

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