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The company's journey to the top of the tech industry was rocky after Jobs (pictured 1976) left the company in the mid-1980s after problems with his favorite project, the first Macintosh computer, and trying to oust it from managing director John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured on the left

1976: Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne started the company on April 1, 1976 when they set out to sell computer kits to hobbyists, each made by Wozniak.

The first product was the Apple I.

1977: Apple released the Apple II in June, the first mass market PC.

1981: Jobs became chairman.

1984: The Macintosh was unveiled during a commercial break for the Super Bowl and later officially unveiled during a launch event. It was discontinued a year later and Jobs left the company.

1987: Apple released the Macintosh II, the first color Mac.

1997: Apple announces it will acquire NeXT software in a $ 400 million deal that will see Jobs return to Apple as interim CEO. He officially took on the role in 2000.

2001: Apple introduced iTunes, OS X and the first generation iPod.

The first iPod MP3 music player was released on October 23, 2001 at an event in Cupertino and could record up to 1,000 songs.

Steve Jobs introduces Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh on February 6, 1984 in California.

Steve Jobs introduces Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh on February 6, 1984 in California.

Apple's then chief executive officer Steve Jobs with the iPhone

Apple's then chief executive officer Steve Jobs with the iPhone

2007: Apple introduces the iPhone.

2010: The first iPad was presented.

2011: Jobs resigned due to illness in 2011 and handed over the CEO title to Tim Cook. Job died of pancreatic cancer in October.

2014: Apple has introduced the Apple Watch. The first larger iPhones were also presented – the 6 and 6 Plus.

2015: After purchasing Beats from Dr. Dre launched Apple Apple Music to compete with Spotify and other music streaming services.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

2016: Apple returned to its roots and announced the 4-inch iPhone SE. Meanwhile, the company is embroiled in a lawsuit with the FBI over which the agency is demanding access to the locked phone of Syed Farook, who died in a shooting after a fatal attack with his wife in San Bernardino, California December had performed. The court order was dropped on March 28 after the FBI announced that a third party had been able to unlock the device.

2017: Apple unveils the iPhone X, which removes the home button to make room for a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design and a new FaceID system that uses advanced sensors and lasers to connect phones only with the Unlock owner's face.

2018: In a first for the company, Apple is introducing new features in its latest operating system, iOS 12, that encourage users to manage their devices and spend less time on them. The move was triggered by a strongly worded letter from shareholders urging the company to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction among children and adolescents.

2019: In January, Apple reports the first drop in sales and profits in ten years. CEO Tim Cook blamed some strong sales declines from China.

2020: In March, Apple is closing all brick and mortar retail stores outside of China in response to the coronavirus.

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