Happy 37 Apple II

Where were you in 1977?

On this day in 1977, the Apple II computer went on sale, and the PC moved from the garage to the mall. Developed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the Apple II was the first successful mass-produced microcomputer designed for home use. It came standard with 4 kilobytes of memory, game paddles, and a demo cassette with some programs on it. Most people used their televisions as monitors. This occurred in the mists of time before the Internet. When card catalogs ruled research and librarians still sshhushed rowdy students.

The Apple II sold for about $1,300. As a reflection of Moore’s Law, today that same money will buy you an iMac, with 4 gigabytes — one million times the original amount — of memory, a sleek backlit 21-inch monitor, and a 2.7 gigahertz processor.

Happy Birthday Apple II  !!!

Source: The Writer’s Almanac