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Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak began working on the original Apple computer (in the wood box) in 1975. Woz was the engineer and Jobs the marketing guru. On April 1, 1976 Apple Computer Co. was formed, and in May 1976 the Apple I went on sale for $666.66 assembled with 4K of RAM. A low-cost MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor was used in lieu of the more popular, but expensive, Intel 8080 processor. The Apple I stood out among homebrew computers in using a keyboard and an ordinary video monitor as input and output devices, although neither of these were included in the base price. About 200 Apple I computers were made before the Apple II comes out about a year later.
The above picture is from April 24, 1984 at the flamboyant "Apple II Forever" introduction of the Apple IIc. This was shortly after the introduction of the Macintosh, so Apple wanted to assure dealers the Apple II would continue to be supported. The Apple II product line continued until the final Apple IIGS model was discontinued in December 1992.