Published On: Aug 25 2011 11:45:37 AM EDTUpdated On: Sep 12 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhones as well as Apple's version of a smartwatch at its "big event" Tuesday. Look back at the products that have defined Apple and changed the way we live.
Apple I (1976) -- Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it, while Jobs orchestrated the funding and handled the marketing.
Apple II (1977) -- One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. The product line continued until 1993.
Lisa (1983) -- Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp.'s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse.
Macintosh (1984) -- Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it.
NeXT Computer -- After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The world's first Web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today's Macintosh and iPhone operating system.
iMac (1998) -- The radical iMac was the first step in reversing Apple's slide when Jobs returned. Easy to set up, it was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer.
iPod (2001) -- Apple's expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod's success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.
iTunes Store (2003) -- The iTunes store simplified buying digital music and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008.
iPhone (2007) -- The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing -- it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness.
iPad (2010) -- Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.
iPad 2 (2011) -- Apple released the second version of the iPad, complete with front and rear-facing cameras for video, a much faster processor and a dramatically thinner look.
iPad 3 (2012) -- CEO Tim Cook presents the newest iPad, which features a 'Retina Display', apps that are scaled up and an A5X processor on board - which Apple is calling 'twice as fast.'
iPad 3 (2012) -- Phil Schiller, senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, speaks about the new iPad's specific features during an Apple event.