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Apple Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 12:25 PM EST, Wed December 17, 2014
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Apple's Mac desktop computer, which was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. In this gallery, we take a look at some of the many faces of the iconic machine. This week marks the 30th anniversary of Apple's Mac desktop computer, which was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. In this gallery, we take a look at some of the many faces of the iconic machine.
Thirty years of the Macintosh
The original Macintosh
Macintosh IIci
Macintosh Color Classic II
Macintosh TV
Power Macintosh 6100
Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
Power Macintosh G3
'Flower Power' iMac
Power Mac G4
iMac DV
Power Mac G4 Cube
Flat-panel iMac
PowerMac G5
Mac G5
Mac Pro
MacBook Air
Mac Pro
iMac, again

(CNN) -- Here's some background information about Apple, Inc.

The company declared almost $171 billion in revenue in 2013. It is currently the most valuable company in the world.

It employs approximately 50,000 people in the United States.

1971 - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak meet through mutual friend Bill Fernandez.

April 1, 1976 - Apple Computers, Inc. is founded by Jobs and Wozniak with the debut of the Apple I.

January 3, 1977 - Apple is incorporated.

February 1977 - Michael Scott becomes Apple's president.

June 1977 - The Apple II, the first personal computer for a mass market, is released to the public.

1978 - Apple releases the Apple Disk II, an external floppy-disk drive.

May 1980 - The Apple III debuts.

December 1980 - Apple conducts an initial public offering of 4.6 million shares at $22 per share, a valuation of approximately $1.8 billion.

1981 - Mike Markkula becomes president and Steve Jobs becomes chairman.

September 1981 - Apple introduces the ProFile hard disk, a 5MB mass storage system.

July 1982 - Apple introduces the Apple Dot Matrix printer.

January 1983 - Apple introduces the Lisa, a new brand of personal computer.

April 1983 - John Sculley becomes president and CEO of Apple.

May 1983 - Apple joins the Fortune 500.

January 22, 1984 - The Macintosh is introduced to the world during the Super Bowl. It launches two days later.

April 1985 - Apple discontinues the Lisa after a disappointing run.

September 16, 1985 - Steve Jobs leaves Apple.

February 1987 - Steve Wozniak resigns from his role at Apple, but technically remains an employee.

March 1987 - Apple releases the Macintosh II, the first color Mac.

March 1988 - Apple files a lawsuit against Microsoft for copyright infringement.

September 1989 - Apple releases the Macintosh Portable.

November 1990 - Michael Spindler becomes Apple's president.

May 1991 - Apple announces QuickTime, a digital media player.

June 1993 - Michael Spindler becomes CEO while John Sculley becomes Apple chairman.

August 1993 - Apple's suit against Microsoft is dismissed.

October 1993 - John Sculley resigns, and Mike Markkula takes his place.

February 1996 - Gil Amelio becomes the chairman and CEO of Apple.

December 1996 - Apple buys NeXT Software, Steve Jobs' second company.

January 1997 - Steve Jobs comes back to Apple as an adviser.

July 9, 1997 - Gil Amelio resigns.

August 1997 - Microsoft and Apple announce a five-year technology alliance.

September 16, 1997 - Steve Jobs becomes interim CEO.

May 1998 - Apple changes its OS strategy with the introduction of OS X.

August 15, 1998 - The first iMac, an all-in-one version of the Macintosh, ships out.

September 1999 - Apple releases the iBook, a more economical laptop than the PowerBook.

January 2000 - Steve Jobs officially becomes CEO.

2001 - iTunes, Apple's digital media player, is created.

March 24, 2001 - OS X debuts.

October 23, 2001 - The iPod makes its debut.

January 2002 - Apple debuts the flat-panel G4 iMac, marking the end of CRTs for the company.

January 2003 - Apple releases iLife, a suite that includes iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes, along with Safari, Apple's web browser.

April 28, 2003 - Apple introduces the iTunes Store.

October 2003 - Apple releases iTunes for Windows.

January 2004 - The iPod mini is introduced.

June 2004 - iTunes Store goes international with introductions in France, Germany and the UK.

October 2004 - The iPod gets its first color screen.

January 2005 - Apple introduces the Mac mini and the iPod shuffle.

September 2005 - Apple introduces the iPod nano.

January 2006 - Apple rolls out its first Intel-based Macs, the iMac and the MacBook Pro.

January 9, 2007 - The iPhone is unveiled to the world, and the company changes its name to Apple, Inc.

January 2008 - Apple announces the Macbook Air, their thinnest laptop at the time.

January 27, 2010 - The iPad is announced to the world.

June 6, 2011 - Apple announces iCloud, an online media storage system.

August 24, 2011 - Steve Jobs resigns as CEO. Tim Cook takes his place.

October 5, 2011 - Steve Jobs dies.

October 23, 2012 - Apple announces the iPad mini.

February 6, 2013 - iTunes sells its 25 billionth song.

August 9, 2013 - In one of many patent lawsuits between the tech giants, Apple wins two of six patent infringements against Samsung.

March 2014 - Apple sells their 500 millionth iPhone.

May 28, 2014 - Apple announces deal to buy Beats for $3 billion.

June 9, 2014 - Apple conducts a stock split, bringing the price down from $647.50 to $92.50.

September 9, 2014 - Apple unveils several new products: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a mobile payment service, called ApplePay, and the AppleWatch, a wearable computer/watch.

December 16, 2014 - Apple wins an antitrust lawsuit brought by eight million iPod owners who alleged that Apple abused its monopoly power in the music industry to force out competition.