Steve Jobs: an iHistory

Steve Jobs, the enigmatic co-founder and long-time frontman of Apple, died today aged 56.


Here we take a look at a history of his time at Apple, from when the company was formed through to the launch of its most iconic products.

1976: Apple Computer is formed, and the first computer, Apple I, goes on sale.

1977: Apple revenue reaches $1m. Apple II, which has colour graphics, is unveiled.

1980: Apple goes public, raising $110m in an IPO.

1982: Revenue reaches $1bn.

1983: The Lisa computer, named after Jobs’ girlfriend, goes on sale. It was pulled two years later. PepsiCo’s John Sculley joins as CEO.

1984: The Macintosh computer goes on sale and Apple runs the “1984” ad directed by Ridley Scott during the Super Bowl.

1985: Both Jobs and Wozniak resign from Apple. Sculley remains as CEO. Jobs starts Next Inc.

1986: Jobs buys Pixar from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $10m.


1991: Apple partners with IBM to develop microprocessors and software. PowerBook is launched.

1993: The Newton hand-held pen-based computer is launched by Apple. A company restructure sees Sculley resign and replaced by Apple president Michael Spindler.

1994: Apple launches Power Macintosh based on its partnership with IBM. Apple licenses its software.


1995: Pixar raises $140m in an IPO. Toy Story released.

1996: Apple plans to buy Next for $430m. Jobs rejoins Apple as an adviser.

1997: Jobs becomes “interim” CEO of Apple, dubs himself iCEO.


1998: Apple becomes profitable again. It introduces coloured Mac computers.

2000: Jobs becomes full time CEO of Apple.


2001: iPod, iTunes and Apple’s operating system OS X launch.

2003: iTunes Music Store is launched with 200,000 music tracks, and sells 1 million in the first week.

2004: Jobs diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and undergoes treatment.

2005: iPod Nano and video iPod are launched.

2006: Disney buys Pixar for $7.4bn making Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder.

2007: First iPhone is launched.

2008: Jobs opens an Apple event saying: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” as speculation of his illness was increasing. Bloomberg News mistakenly published a pre-prepared obituary.

2009: Jobs takes medical leave following a liver transplant, but returns to work.

2010: iPad, launches and sells 15 million in nine months.

Jan. 17, 2011: Jobs takes a second period of medical leave but remains CEO.

Aug. 24, 2011: Jobs resigns as CEO but stays on as chairman. Tim Cook is named as his replacement.

Oct. 5, 2011: Apple announces Jobs death, aged 56.

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