Apple Case Study Essay

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Apple Computer
Apple Computer began it’s existence on April Fools Day in 1976 when two young men decide to sell a computer that one of the men designed. Steve Wozniak (Woz) had designed a personal computer that he and Steven Jobs built together. Woz had not even considered that idea of anyone wanting to buy it, however Jobs had a vision to introduce it to the public for sale. Woz and Jobs started the Apple Company in Jobs garage and from there it has blossomed into a billion dollar company. “Apple Computer is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings”(Apple).
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