Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were primarily responsible for the design and production of the first Apple computer created for sale in 1976. However, their first triumph was not to be highly successful in the public eye. In fact, only 200 of these machines were ever built for sale.
It was only with the introduction of the Apple II computer that their innovation started to achieve some success. The increased graphics and introduction of color made this second generation of Apple computers far more popular as a personal computer to the general public. The design followed the same features as the Apple one with a keyboard and monitor all in one box.
Their success was however short lived with growing competition grabbing the greater market share after the introduction of the Apple III. Steve Jobs’ insistence that the fan be removed from the complete model meant that overheating became a problem. Several models were recalled, resulting in near catastrophe.
However, work continued on improving the Apple III design while at the same time, separate research was being made into the manufacture of an entirely new design. The Macintosh 128k was introduced in 1984 and while initial interest was high, sales soon began to fall.
Despite the many difficulties, the Macintosh eventually became acclaimed as being the superior computer model in many industries.
President and CEO of Apple, Sculley, had a very different direction in mind for Apple than then Chairman of the Board, Steve Jobs. Unfortunately, the board sided with Sculley, leaving Jobs in a position where he had no power in Apple.
After an emotional speech in 1985, Jobs officially resigned from Apple. He started his own company NeXT which was bought by Apple in 1996, marking the return of Jobs to Apple.