The Apple I (1976):
Only around 200 Apple I computers were produced; all were hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs handled the distribution and marketing of the Apple I, devising a clever advertising tagline: “Byte into an Apple.” Photo Via Ed Uthman
Apple II (1977):
Unlike the Apple I, the Apple II was designed for mass-production and broad consumer appeal. This model was also designed by Wozniak, with Jobs handling business operations for the company. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS, Anonymous
Apple III (1980):
Because of design issues, hardware problems, and a very high price tag, the Apple III was a commercial failure. Photo Via Alexander Schaells
The Lisa was the first commercial computer with a graphical interface, mouse, and cursor. However, its steep $9995 price tag kept it from being as successful as Apple had hoped. Photo Via Wikipedia Creative Commons
The First Macintosh (1984):
Apple created hype around the Macintosh with its infamous “1984” Super Bowl commercial, and announced it at their 1984 shareholders meeting to a wildly excited audience. Cheaper and more compact than the Lisa, the Macintosh became a commercial success. Photo: AP
After being forced out of Apple, Steve Jobs started NeXT Computer, focusing on high-powered machines for the science and technology sectors. Even though the NeXT wasn’t a huge commercial success, the company was bought by Apple in 1996. The NeXT’s sophisticated software served as the base for today’s Mac and iPhone operating systems.
The radical overhaul of the Macintosh was intended to regain market share for Apple. The “blue bubble” was a commercial success, catching the eye of consumers. Photo: AP
The iMac became even more popular when it was released in a range of colors with the tagline “iCandy.”
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However, the mouse that came with the iMac was largely panned by users. Dubbed the “hockey puck mouse,” it was difficult to maneuver and is commonly cited as a rare Apple design failure. Photo: Photo Via Allaboutapple.com/Wikipedia Creative Commons
The iBook’s fun clamshell design filled the consumer notebook niche, even including a handle and inviting users to take their “iMac to go.” Like the iMac, it came in a variety of fun colors. Photo: Getty Images
Power Mac G4 Cube (2000):
Although the Cube’s striking design was widely praised, its high price tag kept it from becoming commercially successful and it was discontinued a year later. The Cube lives on in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS, RICHARD DREW
iBook G3 notebook (2001):
The new all-white iBook reduced the bulk of the “clamshell” version and was lighter and faster than ever before. Here, Steve Jobs compares the weight of the all new iBook to arch-rival Dell’s competing notebook. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
OSX operating system (2001-present):
Apple’s native operating system has been widely praised for its usability by critics and consumers. It has vastly improved in the 10 years since its initial release, with the latest release (10.7 “Lion”) arriving in July 2011. Unfortunately, due to some confusing user experience changes, Lion hasn’t been the critical darling that Steve Jobs and Apple might have hoped for.
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The iPod reimagined the portable digital music player, and was the first successful device of its kind. Since its introduction, it has evolved to include a color screen and play video, and also shrank in size while increasing storage capacity. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS
The iTunes digital music store streamlined the purchase process and made it easy to sync consumers’ personal music libraries with the iPod. Later, it would grow to include movies and television shows.
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iPod mini (2004):
The colorful, miniature version of the iPod paved the way for the current Nano models that have become popular with fitness buffs. Photo: Getty Images, Steve Finn
Motorola ROKR (2005):
Billed as the “iTunes Phone,” it was another rare misstep for Apple. The phone could only hold 100 songs and the user interface was tricky to navigate. Photo: Getty Images, David Paul Morris
Apple greatly improved on the ROKR with 2007’s iPhone. The iPhone was groundbreaking in several ways; most notably, its touchscreen user interface and “apps” made the smartphone easy to navigate and use. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS, Paul Sakuma
iPod Touch (2007):
The iPod Touch borrowed the recently released iPhone’s touchscreen interface and fun applications. Thinner and lighter, phone calls were just about the only thing the iPod Touch couldn’t do. It remains wildly successful today.
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Apple TV (2007):
The “iTV,” as it was commonly called, was intended for users to seamlessly sync their iTunes video purchases with their home HDTVs. However, at $249, the Apple TV didn’t come cheaply, and the system wasn’t perfect, often displaying video in poor quality. The box itself was also bulky and cumbersome. A much updated and improved version (pictured above) was released in 2010 for $99. Photo: Getty Images, Justin Sullivan
Macbook Air (2008):
Although billed as the “World’s Thinnest Notebook,” the first generation of Airs were panned for their small hard drives, lack of features, and high price compared to the Macbook Pro line. However, refreshes of the Air line have brought the price down dramatically, while improving processor speed, hard drive space, and screen resolution. An 11″ model, added to the lineup in 2010, brought Apple into competition with netbooks. Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jeff Chiu
At first, critics called it an oversized iPod touch. But the iPad revolutionized the tablet market, becoming a critical and commercial success. An updated version, iPad 2 (pictured), was released in early 2011. Photo: AP
Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was 56, and his net worth was $8.3 billion.