Having risen from a three-man project in a Californian garage, to becoming the most valuable company in the world, it is now worth almost £486billion, 40 years on.
In contrast, today the company has more than 480 retail stores in 18 countries worldwide and reported income of more than 18 billion US dollars (£12.4 billion) for the first quarter of this year. The company also recently revealed that there are now more than one billion active Apple devices being used around the world. Chief executive Tim Cook described the figure as one “no-one could have imagined”, adding that it was an “indicator of how much impact Apple has on people around the world”.
The company’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Mr Jobs leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley.
However, he returned in 1997 when the company was in financial crisis and launched the iMac the following year, the first of a string of hardware products that also includes the iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as the iTunes Store that cemented Apple’s place as an industry leader, before his death from cancer in 2011.
Since then the firm has also launched its first wearable, the Apple Watch, and continued to see an increase in sales in its MacBook line of computers despite a global drop in PC sales. The Apple Music streaming service was also launched in 2015, gaining more than 10 million paying users since then.
However, Apple has also recently been at the centre of a battle with the US government and intelligence agencies over data encryption, with the technology firm refusing to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to a terror suspect, claiming it violated user privacy and the process would make all iPhones more vulnerable.
Apple always proves itself to have some best persons on this planet who works together to do something incredible. They not only think different but they also have an ability to make their thinking and imaginations, a reality. Steve Jobs will always be missed by us, after all he was a good orchestra conductor.
Yes, we consider him as a conductor of orchestra, he directs some best people, he gave an idea and aim to them, he suffers himself a lot to let his people play the music without any interruptions and at last he gives his position to another great conductor who proves himself to be the right person after Steve. The only reason behind the company’s success is the people behind it. So, Happy Birthday to Apple, keep the change in the air always live.