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Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, two good friends from

high school, started a revolution that will never end.

They invented the first Apple computer (Slater 3) The

Apple I, they called it, ran on one megahertz and had

eight thousand bites of memory and only eight bits of

pixels on the screen (Levey 5). By today's standards that

is absolutely nothing. Much like people of today, the

first testers of the computer did not even take it


It wasn't until the Apple II came out in 1977 that

people paid attention to the Apple computers. The Apple

II was almost exactly like the Apple I, but it was

comparatively inexpensive, at $1,298 (Levey 11). From

1977 to 1993 Apple Computer produced and extension to the

Apple II series. Based on the MOStek 6502 microprocessor,

the first Apple II was the first personal computer with

the ability to display color graphics and to come in a

stylish plastic housing (Levey 15). From then on, Apple

updated the Apple II line further creating the Apple II+

with increased memory, the Apple IIe, which is the only

Apple computer to date to have been produced for more than

a decade, the Apple IIc, a compact version of the Apple

IIe with a faster processor and expanded memory, the Apple

IIc+, a later version of the Apple IIc, and the Apple

IIgs, the first,

last and only 16-bit Apple II, designed to produce

enhanced graphics and sound, with a much more powerful

microprocessor, and still compatible with the older 8-bit

Apple II software (Levey 24).

Even the new Apple III could not top the outstanding

performance of the Apple II series. Because of it's

outrageous price of $4,000 - $7,000, and minimal

improvements the Apple III is considered one of the

biggest bombs in the history of Apple Computers. The

next computer, the "Lisa", which was named after Steve

Jobs's daughter, whom he neglected, was a giant leap from

the Apple III. It had five megahertz, and five megabytes

of hard drive, and most importantly a Graphic User

Interface (History of Apple). (Which by the way a man by

the name of Bill Gates stole to make "Windows".) This

ancestor of the Macintosh was not a complete success.

Even though it was the best computer yet, it did not set

well with the general public. However, it was the model




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