6 October 2011
Last updated at 01:09
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak first began Apple in a Silicon Valley garage. Steve Jobs sold his VW van to help finance the venture. Their first computer went on sale in 1976 for $666.66.
Apple went public in 1980 and made Steve Jobs a multi-millionaire. Two years later, Apple sales hit $1bn.
In 1985, Steve Jobs and then Apple chief executive John Sculley clashed, leading to Jobs' resignation. Wozniak also resigned.
In 1986, Jobs founded a new company called NeXT. Its first computer went on sale three years later for $6,500.
Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 as an adviser after it bought NeXT for $430m.
The iMac, which was launched in 1998, turned Apple's fortunes around. Steve Jobs was named chief executive two years later.
Steve Jobs partnered with IBM and Motorola to develop chips used in its Powerbook laptops. He also stopped the company licensing its operating system to other hardware manufacturers.
Apple expanded its best-selling iPod series with a nano and video version. The product revolutionised how people listened to and bought music.
In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4bn, making Steve Jobs Disney's largest individual shareholder.
Apple released its first smartphone in 2007. Crowds camped overnight to get their hands on the new iPhone.
Apple's iPad tablet revolutionised the touch-screen computer market, leaving competitors scrambling.
The death of Steve Jobs will be felt not only at Apple but also across the entire industry.