Apple Computer, Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

It first started when 16-years old Jobs and 21-years old Wozniak met in 1971 when their mutual friend, Bill Fernandez, introduced them together. They began their partnership when Jobs saw Wozniak's talented. Jobs managed to interest Wozniak in assembling a computer machine and selling it. Apple's first computer was the Apple I.

Apple was incorporated January 3, 1977 without Wayne, who sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800. Millionaire Mike Markkula provided essential business expertise and funding of $250,000 during the incorporation of Apple.

The name later changed to Apple Inc. on January 9, 2007 to reflect the company's shifted focus towards consumer electronics.