The year of 1977 was one filled with numerous events to get all nostalgic about – Elvis Presley died, Roots first aired on television, Fleetwood Mac released Rumours, Star Wars premiered on the big screen, and the Atari 2600 home gaming system was released. The event that perhaps had the most significant impact on the future, however, was the release of the first personal computer.
On January 3, 1977, a company called Apple incorporated in Cupertino, California. Started by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, the company first released a motherboard that they called the Apple I. A few months later, on June 5, 1977, they released the product that would put them on the map forever – the Apple II. Coming with a whopping 4kB of RAM, a color-capable monitor, built-in keyboard, and (eventually) a floppy drive, the Apple II sold for a retail price of $1298. And if you wanted to upgrade to the lightening speed afforded by an addition 44kB of memory, you could do so for a mere $1000! What a deal!
Here is a fascinating overview of the legendary 1997 computer:
And now, a couple of memorable commercials for the Apple II incarnations that followed:
Were you the proud owner of an Apple II computer? What did you use it for and what games did you play on it? Share your memories of this computer milestone with us in our comments section, as we celebrate the evolution of Apple Computers, here at Retroland.