This Week in IT History: The Apple/Beatles Connection

With the frequency with which we cover Apple in TWITH, you'd think we'd have to change the name of the magazine to Apple Certified Professional or something. Bear with me, this week, as I tell you an interesting fact about the company prior to its founding on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne...

So the story goes that when Jobs and company were set to show their invention for the first time at a meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club, the computer actually had a tape drive in it.

On their way over to the meeting, they forgot the tape containing the programs they were going to impress the club with. The Woz, being the quick thinker he was, ejected the tape in the tape player, but Jobs stopped him. No joke, it was Jobs' own mix of Beatles music. So he handed him another tape off the car floor, Woz quickly wrote out some programs on that one from memory (no pun intended), and the rest is history.

Ron Wayne doesn't figure much in the history of Apple too much after the company incorporated. But his legacy lives on in the products, since his name is etched inside the case of every Apple product ever manufactured.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 03/31/2011 at 11:59 AM


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