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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL, LSE: 0HDZ, FWB:APC), formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is an American multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing consumer electronics and closely related software products. Established in Cupertino, California on 1 April 1976, Apple develops, sells, and supports a series of personal computers, portable media players, mobile phones, computer software, and computer hardware and hardware accessories. As of December 2009, the company operates 294 retail stores in 13 countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. The iTunes Store provides music, music videos, television programs, movies, podcasts, iPod games, and audiobooks, which can be downloaded using iTunes on Mac OS X or Windows, and also on the iPod Touch and the iPhone. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of personal computers, the iPod line of portable media players, and the iPhone. Apple's software products include the Mac OS X operating system, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, the iWork office productivity suite, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio- and film-industry software products.

The company, incorporated 3 January 1977, was known as "Apple Computer, Inc." for its first 30 years. On 9 January 2007, the company dropped "Computer" from its corporate name, reflecting the company's ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its traditional focus on personal computers.

Apple employs over 35,000 permanent and temporary workers worldwide and had worldwide annual sales in its fiscal year 2008 of US$32.48 billion.

For a variety of reasons, ranging from its philosophy of comprehensive aesthetic design to its distinctive advertising campaigns, Apple has engendered a unique reputation in the consumer electronics industry. This includes a customer base, particularly in the United States, that is unusually devoted to the company and its brand.

Computers/consoles made by Apple:

Machines using Old World ROM

  • 1975: Apple I
  • 1976: Apple II
  • 1980: Apple III
  • 1982: Apple IIe
  • 1983: Apple IIc
  • 1984: Apple Macintosh 128K
  • 1984: Apple Macintosh 512K
  • 1986: Apple 2 GS
  • 1986: Apple Macintosh Plus
  • 1986: Apple Macintosh 512Ke
  • 1987: Apple Macintosh 2
  • 1987: Apple Macintosh SE
  • 1988: Apple 2c Plus
  • 1990: Macintosh Classic
  • 1991: PowerBook 1xx Series
  • 1991: Quadra/Centris
  • 1992: Classic II
  • 1992: PowerBook Duo
  • 1993: Color Classic
  • 1994: PowerBook 5xx Series
  • 1994: Power Macintosh
  • 1995: PowerBook PPC
  • 1997: TAM (Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh)

Machines using New World ROM

  • 1997: Power Macintosh G3
  • 1997: PowerBook G3
  • 1998: iMac
  • 1999: Power Macintosh G4
  • 1999: iBook
  • 2000: Cube
  • 2001: PowerBook G4
  • 2001: iBook (White)
  • 2002: iMac G4
  • 2002: eMac
  • 2002: Xserve
  • 2003: Power Macintosh G5
  • 2003: PowerBook G4 (Aluminum)
  • 2003: iBook G4
  • 2004: Xserve G5
  • 2004: iMac G5
  • 2005: Mac Mini

Machines Using EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface)

Other Devices