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Ron Wayne: “Why I Left Apple Computer After Only 12 Days”

Ronald G. Wayne

Ron Wayne, Apple, Inc.’s sometimes forgotten third co-founder, has posted a short essay entitled “Why I Left Apple Computer After Only 12 Days, In My Own Words”. The piece notes that though he sold his share of Apple for pennies on the dollar, he has no regrets. Instead, he was looking to change the world in his own way: An …

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Microsoft’s Relationship with Apple

Archrival and Knight in Shining Armor Microsoft and Apple have been business partners and tough competitors for many years. Back in the seventies, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates worked close together. In 1997 the Windows-manufacturer helped Steve Jobs saving Apple.

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The History of the Apple Macintosh

Apple Macintosh (1984)

The Apple Macintosh revolutionized the entire computer industry by the year of 1984. Steve Jobs and his ingenious Macintosh team arranged for the computer to be used by the normal “person in the street” – and not only by experts. “Insanely great” – Steve Jobs could hardly put into words his enthusiasm by the launch of the Macintosh. On the legendary annual general meeting of January 24th, 1984, in the Flint Center not far from the Apple Campus in Cupertino, the Apple co-founder initially quoted Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in order to then polemicize against an imminent predominance of the young computer industry by IBM.

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“I am but 30 and want still to contribute and achieve.” – Steve Jobs’ Resignation Letter (1985)

This is the text of chairman Jobs’ resignation letter sent to company vice chairman A.C. “Mike” Markkula: September 17, 1985 Dear Mike: l This morning’ s papers carried suggestions that Apple is considering removing me as Chairman. I don’t know the source of these reports but they are both misleading to the public and unfair to me. You will recall …

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