Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL), maker of the sleek Macintosh line of personal computers, said Wednesday that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore had joined the company's board.

Gore, known as one of the most technologically savvy U.S. politicians, was voted onto the Cupertino, California-based company's board at its meeting earlier on Wednesday, Apple said.

"Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world -- the United States government," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement. "Al is also an avid Mac user and does his own video editing in Final Cut Pro."

Gore said in a statement that he had been particularly impressed with Apple's Mac OS X operating system and the company's commitment to the open-source software movement.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment beyond the company's news release.