1980: Apple goes public.
1983: John Sculley, former president of PepsiCo, becomes CEO and president.
1984: Macintosh is released.
1985 Wozniak leaves, while Sculley and Jobs battle over the direction of the company amid deep losses; the board backs Sculley, who later strips Jobs of all operational responsibilities, but who remains on as chairman; Jobs officially resigns, revealing plans to start a new company with the help of five departing employees; share price tumbles.
1986: A legal battle ends with Jobs agreeing not to hire Apple employees for six months and not to build competitive computers to Apple's; Jobs founds NeXT and buys the Pixar computer animation studios from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
1988: NeXT's first computer is released.
1993: Apple releases the Newton MessagePad, the first PDA, which disappoints; Michael Spindler becomes CEO, after departure of Sculley, who remains chairman; share price tumbles.
1994: Apple releases first Power Macintosh desktop computers.
1995: Walt Disney releases Pixar's first movie Toy Story.
1996 NeXT Computer is taken over; Gil Amelio becomes CEO; share price slumps.