Today in Apple history: Apple’s first ever computer goes on sale

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One of today's surviving Apple 1 computers.
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Friday 1 July 1, 1976: The Apple 1 goes on sale, becoming the first computer ever sold by the Apple Computer Company.

Arriving the same month Jimmy Carter was nominated for U.S. president, Family Feud debuted on TV, and the United States celebrated the 200th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, the Apple 1 is only produced in small numbers, and sells for the unusual price of $666.66.

Today in Apple history: Mac LC 520 makes a splash in education market

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Was this really almost a quarter of a century ago?
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Tuesday 28 Arriving on this day in 1993, the Macintosh LC 520 was among the first of Apple’s LC 500 series of medium-price Macs.

Selling for $2,000, it was particularly popular in educational institutions, a market Apple continues to pursue today. If you went to school in the decade of Nirvana, Bill Clinton and Pulp Fiction, this could well have been the Mac you used!

Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 goes on sale

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Do you remember the Power Mac G5?
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Thursday23Sometimes affectionately called the “cheese grater,” the original Power Mac G5 first went on sale on June 23, 2003 — offering what was then Apple’s fastest-ever machine and the world’s first 64-bit personal computer.

Check out the video of Steve Jobs introducing the computer 13 years ago today.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs shows off iPhone 3G

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The iPhone 3G was a big hit for Apple.
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thursday_9 In the music industry, they talk about the “difficult second album.” Fortunately that didn’t hold true when it came to Apple releasing its highly successful second-gen iPhone, which it unveiled for the first time on June 9, 2008.

Adding GPS, 3G data and a higher-quality build than its predecessor, the iPhone 3G was arguably just as revolutionary for what it did on the software side. iOS 2 arrived at the same time, and introduced push email, turn-by-turn navigation and, most significantly of all, an App Store — something Steve Jobs had previously been adamant Apple would’t allow.

Check out the debut of the iPhone 3G below.

Today in Apple history: OS X Snow Leopard shown off for first time

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Remember this character?
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wednesday_8 On this date in 2009, Apple introduced a version of its Mac operating system that ranked among the company’s finest desktop updates.

Join me, if you will, on a trip back to the past to check out Snow Leopard — it wasn’t as flashy as some other OS X updates, but it delivered on Apple’s core values and paved a path to a bright future for the Mac.