Tim Cook, the CEO of California-based Cupertino tech giant, Apple has uncovered the first Apple product in an interview that he even utilized. Tim Cook was having a conversation with a local radio station Mediacorp Class 95 because the company completed 40 years in Singapore.
According to Tim Cook, the Apple product that he first even have used was Apple II which he utilized as an undergraduate engineering student being part of a senior project at Auburn University.
He further added that the Apple II was an advanced version of the Apple I. And it was rolled out by Apple co-founders Stever Wozniak and Steve Jobs in the late 1970s. Tim Cook also stated that one of his first jobs upon joining Apple in 1998 was to visit Singapore to verify the production line for the native iMac, which was constructed in Singapore.
Now, talking about the Apple II. According to reports, it was featured with a MOS 6502 chip for its central processing unit (CPU). And came with 4KB RAM and could be expanded up to 48 KB RAM.
The Apple II launched with a BASIC interpreter and could support graphics and a color monitor. Moreover, its external storage was initially on cassette after which the company made an external floppy disk drive.
Among the most important features of the Apple II, were 8 expansion slots on the motherboard. The Apple II further came with the first computer spreadsheet which according to reports raised its sales. The Cupertino tech giant had allegedly sold 2 million Apple II computers by the time Macintosh came up in 1984.
Moreover, California-based Cupertino giant first established its offices in Singapore in 1981. And is currently investing in the Singapore application industry. It has rolled out an accelerator program to support students learn Swift in the context of the school curriculum.
As per the report issued by 9to5 Mac, the Singapore government has since required that primary school students should be taught coding for at least 10 hours. Butter Royale, one of the most famous Apple Arcade games, is designed by a Singaporean team.