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Apple at 40: Seeing promise in the 'blossoming' home computer market

March 31, 2016 - Uncategorized

When Apple launched the Apple II in 1977, it was still far from certain that consumers would want or need a home computer. While hobbyists were tinkering with computers they built and programmed themselves, Apple saw a need for something easier, and introduced the Apple II.

This article, republished from the May 1, 1978, edition of Computerworld, sets the scene at the time and describes how a young Apple Computer was looking to the future. (DP was an industry term of the day for “data processing.”)

Apple Vying for Share of Home DP Market

By a Computerworld Staff Writer

CUPERTINO, Calif.—As soon as low-cost computers were available in configurations designed for use by consumers, with programming features and language that non-technicians could use, the personal computing market began to grow rapidly, according to Apple Computer, Inc., one of the firms vying for a share of that blossoming market.

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Source: Mac World

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