Apple's Biggest Hits Through the Years

Apple's Biggest Hits Through the Years

CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Steve JobsĀ died tonight after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving behind an impressive legacy of products, from software and smartphones to tablets.

A visionary with a knack for predicting trends in technology and popular culture, Jobs -- and his trademark black turtleneck -- will be sorely missed by investors, who have seen their shares (Stock Quote: AAPL) explode on the back of a slew of successful gadgets.

Part CEO, part cultural icon, Jobs is widely credited with saving the company during the 1990s and played a pivotal role in the development of category-leading products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

The former Apple CEO also revolutionized the music industry with the launch of iTunes in 2001, which the tech giant described as "the world's best and easiest to use 'jukebox' software." More recently, Jobs oversaw the launch of iCloud, a carefully crafted plan to offset any downturn in the company's gadget momentum.

Apple has cultivated a well-known culture for innovation and a fanatical following that few companies can match. Read on as TheStreet takes you on a tour through some of Apple's greatest product hits.

The Mac

First launched in 1984, the Macintosh personal computer continues to jostle for position with PC giants like Microsoft (Stock Quote: MSFT). Apple touts the Mac as a more secure alternative to PCs, and its sales remain robust.

The tech giant recently enjoyed a record fiscal third quarter of Mac sales, selling 3.95 million of the devices, a 14% increase on the same period last year. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm also launched Max OS X Lion recently, which includes new features such as multi-touch gestures.

The latest MacBook Air should be a big success in the booming Chinese gadget market, said Brian White, an analyst at Ticonderoga Securities. "Based on our field checks, we believe the new MacBook Air is poised to be a big hit in the greater China region as more consumers can increasingly afford to own a PC," he wrote in a recent note. "Apple fever is gaining momentum in the region and there is no laptop product on the market with the characteristics of the new MacBook Air."

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