Apple in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-04-01 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1977-01-03 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs incorporate Apple Computer, Inc
  • 1977-06-10 Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers
  • 1980-12-12 Apple makes its initial public offering on the US stock market - 38 years later it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion
  • 1982-01-30 Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".
  • 1984-01-24 Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • 1991-05-13 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • 1992-04-14 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
  • 1997-03-02 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
  • 1997-08-06 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1997-09-16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1998-02-27 Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer
  • 2001-01-09 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos
  • 2001-10-23 Apple releases the iPod
  • 2007-01-09 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-08-24 Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 2012-04-10 Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world
  • 2012-06-15 Apple I computer sells for a record $374,500
  • 2012-08-24 Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court
  • 2012-08-24 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • 2012-08-31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012-09-12 Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6
  • 2012-12-20 Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities
  • 2013-04-30 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
  • 2015-09-09 Apple unveils the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S in San Francisco
  • 2016-02-01 Alphabet, Google's parent company surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results
  • 2016-02-17 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook
  • 2017-05-10 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion
  • 2017-09-12 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • 2018-08-02 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-08-06 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 2018-12-13 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities
  • 2019-01-02 Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company's outlook, rocking international stock markets
  • 2019-03-25 Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service Apple News+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event featuring Oprah
  • 2019-04-25 Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon
  • 2019-06-03 US federal government departments and Congress begin anti-trust investigations into large tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon
  • 2019-06-03 Apple announces it is shutting down iTunes and replacing it with three different apps
  • 2019-06-27 Chief Apple designer Jony Ive, designer of the iMac and the iPhone, announces he is leaving Apple after 30 years

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestSteve Wozniak

1950-08-11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak

Person of interestSteve Jobs

1955-02-24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

Person of interestTim Cook

1960-11-01 Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • 1967-02-27 [Jonathan] Jony Ive, English Designer at Apple Inc. (designed the imac, ipod, iphone), born in Chingford, London

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1991-03-18 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

Famous Deaths


Person of interestSteve Jobs

2011-10-05 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs