Published On: Aug 25 2011 11:45:37 AM EDTUpdated On: Jan 24 2014 01:07:42 PM EST
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.
iPhone 5 (2012) -- Apple's latest iPhone is 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S but has a larger screen, a more powerful 4G LTE modem and a better camera.
iPad Mini (2012) -- The smaller version of the iPad is said to be 53 percent lighter than its larger cousin, weighing about as much as a pad of paper.
iPad Air (2013) -- The fifth generation of Apple's market-leading tablet weighs just 1 pound and is fractions of an inch thinner and narrower. It also pack the same A7 processing chip in the new iPhone 5S, making it 72 times faster than the original iPad.