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The magnificent man and his magic machines

The magnificent man and his magic machines

india Updated: Oct 07, 2011 00:24 IST

1976: First Apple Computer, Apple I, built in circuit board form and costing $700, debuts at "the Homebrew Computer Club" in California,

1977: Apple II, the first personal computer in a plastic case with color graphics and a 1 MHz processor, unveiled

1984: The Macintosh PC makes its debut-ushering in an era of user-friendly, visually pleasing computers using the graphical user interface that use easily recognisable icons

1991: First Powerbook released, with a new operating system, the Mac OS7

1998: Apple unveils the iMac desktop computer.

2001: Apple launches the iPod pocket digital music player for $399 with a matching online music store called iTunes, allowing users to buy and download music, audiobooks, movies and TV shows online. Digital MP3 format music takes off, as CDs wane

2007: Apple kicks off the era of the touchscreen smartphones with the iPhone, with an explosion of applications, or apps, made by independent developers

2008: Apple opens its App Store as an update to iTunes

2010: Apple begins selling the iPad, a 10-inch touchscreen tablet, which logs sales of a million units within 28 days of its launch. The combination of cool looks, Internet connectivity e-reading & video viewing stuns the world.

2011: Apple launches the iPad 2, a sleeker version of the tablet, as clones and cheaper imitations flood the world.