Essay on The Personal Computer Of The Computer

1299 Words Oct 15th, 2015 6 Pages
The Personal Computer from 1970 to 1990 Can you imagine going a day without your computer, iPhone or iPad? If you are like me, the answer is most likely no. For so many of us the Personal Computer is deeply engrained in our day to day lives. For younger generations, the thought of living without instant access to information and tools is mind-boggling. For the rest of the world, however, there was once a time when Personal Computers were not common items in the everyday household of America. Up until the Personal Computers released by companies such as Apple and IBM, many believed the computer was for corporations and government use only. Many advances in technology, as well as industry leaders, changed what society thought of the Personal Computer. The first true “Personal Computer” was the Altair-8800, which was released in 1975 (Levy). The Altair-8800 was relatively inexpensive and was shipped as a kit. At the time, many computers were used by businesses and hobbyists, which explains why the Altair-8800 was shipped as a kit. Hobbyists were essentially the only market for this computer. Later in 1976, however, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple computer in Job’s garage in Palo Alto, California. What would happen next with Apple was nothing short of extraordinary. Apple released the Apple I computer later that year. The Apple I computer was similar to the Altair-8800 because “it did not have a keyboard, a screen or even a case, just a bare circuit board with a few…

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