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30 Years Ago Apple Welcomed IBM with Open Arms

As 30 years have passed by since International Business Machine (IBM) announced the very first personal computer to the world, media is abuzz with how rival company Apple Inc. welcomed it with open arms and a full page advertisement.

According to tech website Slash Gear, exactly three decades ago on August 12, Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. had published a full page advertisement in the American daily Wall Street journal, a message to IBM, congratulating the company for taking a big step forward and launch a personal computer.

“Welcome, IBM. Seriously. Welcome to the most exciting and important marketplace since the computer revolution began 35 years ago. And congratulations on your first personal computer.” Apple said.

The computer by IBM changed the home computing arena in America. Though it was not the first time a personal computer was launched, since many rival companies had released their versions in the market which include Apple II and MITS Altair 8800, IBM achieved its glory because of the trust consumers put in it.

The IBM PC released in 1981 was a huge system with a 16 bit processor and 40K ROM, along with an expandable 64K RAM, a fabulous combination of memory and speed then. IBM sold exactly 671,537 PCs which was priced at $3,005.