The corporate headquarters are in Cupertino, California.
It employs approximately 100,000 people.
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 -
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 -
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 its 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.
November 22, 2014 -
Apple sells and ships their one-billionth iOS device, a 64 gigabyte iPhone 6 Plus.
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.
January 27, 2015 - Apple reveals it posted $74.6 billion in revenue in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, the best in the corporation's history.
June 8, 2015 - Apple unveils Apple Music, a streaming music service, live radio station and social network.
September 9, 2015 - Apple introduces several new products: two new iPhones, the iPad Pro with a bigger, 12.9-inch screen, new features and colors for the Apple Watch, and a more powerful Apple TV, featuring Siri and a new remote.
February 3, 2016 - A jury has ordered Apple to pay $626 million in damages
after finding that iMessage, FaceTime and other Apple software infringed on another company's patents. In a case that has been bouncing around the court system since 2012, VirnetX accused Apple of violating four of its patents, which mostly involve methods for real-time communications over the Internet.
February 16, 2016 - Apple refuses to comply
with a California judge's order to assist the FBI in hacking the phone of one of the San Bernardino gunmen. A public letter signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook
states why the company is refusing to abide by the government's demands.
March 28, 2016 -
The Department of Justice says the FBI has "successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone,"
and is dropping the case against Apple, since it no longer needs the company's help.