Apple Computer, Inc., is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. In 1971, two friends Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs decided to create a foundation, Apple Computer, the society for assembling a computer machine. On April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, started to sell the Apple I personal computer kit ; with a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—less than what is today considered a complete personal computer. This was the First Personal Computer.
The Macintosh was introduced on January 24, 1984; it was the first commercially successful personal computer with mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI).
In the second half of the 1980s, the company built market share only to see it dissipate in the 1990s as the personal computer market shifted towards IBM PC compatible machines running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.
On May 19, 2001, Apple opened the first official Apple Store: operated by Apple Inc., dealing in computers and consumer electronics.
As of September 2008, Apple has opened 230 stores in the world.
iPod portable digital audio player, designed and marketed by Apple Inc. was launched on October 23, 2001. It has evolved to include various models targeting the needs of different users. The iPod is the market leader in portable music players , as of September 2008, more than 173 million iPods had been sold worldwide, making it the best-selling digital audio player series in history. The Macworld Conference & Expo in January 2007, Steve Jobs revealed the long anticipated iPhone, a convergence of an Internet-enabled smartphone and iPod.