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Icon:Apple I home computer, 1976

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Apple I was the first computer from a company which became one of the fastest growing in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware and software products.

Most home computer users in the 1970s were hobbyists who designed or assembled their own machines. The Apple I, devised in a bedroom in 1976 by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. In 1977 Wozniak and Jobs launched the Apple II, which established the market for personal computers.

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