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Visual tour: Apple's greatest hits under Steve Jobs

12 noteworthy Apple innovations in Jobs' reign

Under the reign of CEO Steve Jobs, Apple has certainly produced some great products.

Here's our list of the 12 most notable hits from Jobs' first tenure (1977-85) and his successful return from 1997 to today. These weren't always the biggest sellers or the best-designed, but they made a splash when they were unveiled and often pointed the direction for the rest of the computer industry. With Jobs now out on another medical leave, we thought it a good time to look at the innovation that has been the hallmark of his leadership.

Apple II Forever

The Apple II was the first product released from Apple Computer Inc after incorporation in 1977. Unlike the Apple-1, this computer came with a monitor, keyboard, case and power supply, making it a machine for the masses, not just homebrew hackers. More than eight models and five million units were sold before it was discontinued in 1993.

(Photo courtesy Mémoires Informatiques Foundation and the aBCM Association, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.)

Think Different: The Mac

First previewed in a landmark Super Bowl advert, the Macintosh was launched in 1984 to great acclaim. What the Apple II did for hardware accessibility, the Mac did for software, with an easy-to-use graphics user interface (GUI) and a multitude of fonts, making it an ideal tool for graphics and desktop publishing work. The Mac remains Apple's flagship product to this day.

(Photo by Marco Mioli, courtesy "All About Apple," licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later.)

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