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Steve Jobs has stolen MILLIONS of HEARTS!
Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnate, entrepreneur and investor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Steve Jobs built Apple into the world’s most valuable company and while he was at it, he transformed several other industries. Steve Jobs who sparked a revolution for the PC, was a visionary known to all. We all know Steve Jobs the entrepreneur and Steve Jobs the innovator. But there was a lot more to this God of Tech that we bet you didn’t know.
Surprisingly Steve Jobs was a college dropout and attended Reeds College for just 18 months. He continued his education by informally auditing classes. In Reeds, the course that attracted him the most was calligraphy. He used to audit calligraphy classes, which famously went on to influence the typography and font of Apple products.
Steve Jobs last words are still a mystery
Steve Jobs final words were monosyllables that he repeated thrice “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow”. The reason behind this utterance is still a mystery.
Steve followed a simplistic dress code
His signature Dressing style included a black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers. He was known for his simplicity with the turtle neck and Levies jeans. It is said that he had close to 100 Levis jeans throughout his lifetime.
STEVES A FRUTARIAN NAMES THE COMPANY AS APPLE
A lot has been debated about how Steve Jobs decided to name the company. However, it is said that being a fruitarian, he used to visit organic farms to collect fruits. On one such visit, it struck him to name his company Apple.
STEVE A TOUGH BOSS !!!
He followed strict rules and principles. He believed in being strict to follow that.
STEVES FOCUSSES ON EMOTIONS
Jobs has a dedicated team to study the excitement and emotion behind opening a box and finding the products inside. This emotion is very common with Apple products today.
STEVE PATENDED ALL HIS INVENTIONS
Steve Jobs had close to 300 patents under his name. The glass staircase at the Apple store is one such patented attraction that pulls passers-by into the store
Jobs and Wozniak co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. Together the duo gained fame and wealth a year later with the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers. Jobs saw the commercial potential of the Xerox Alto in 1979, which was mouse-driven and had a graphical user interface (GUI). This led to development of the unsuccessful Apple Lisa in 1983, followed by the breakthrough Macintosh in 1984, the first mass-produced computer with a GUI. The Macintosh introduced the desktop publishing industry in 1985 with the addition of the Apple LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics. Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985 after a long power struggle with the company’s board and its then-CEO John Sculley. That same year, Jobs took a few of Apple’s members with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company that specialized in computers for higher-education and business markets. In addition, he helped to develop the visual effects industry when he funded the computer graphics division of George Lucas’s Lucasfilm in 1986. The new company was Pixar, which produced the first 3D computer animated film Toy Story (1995).
Apple merged with NeXT in 1997, and Jobs became CEO of his former company within a few months.
Steve Jobs was largely responsible for helping revive Apple, which had been at the verge of bankruptcy. He worked closely with designer Jony Ive to develop a line of products that had larger cultural ramifications, beginning in 1997 with the “Think different” advertising campaign and leading to the iMac, iTunes, iTunes Store, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, App Store, and the iPad. In 2001, the original Mac OS was replaced with a completely new Mac OS X, based on NeXT’s NeXTSTEP platform, giving the OS a modern Unix-based foundation for the first time. J
Steve Jobs is important because of his place in the history of computer design. Along with Steve Wozniak, Jobs established the Apple computer company. This was significant because both men were pioneers in the field. We now see the computer as common. However, Jobs was important because he saw transformative nature of the computer before many others. Jobs was able to…
In order to create products that inspired love (thereby making Apple the most valuable company in the world), Steve Jobs spent his entire career fighting against the most-deeply held beliefs of nearly everyone else in his industry. Steve Jobs innovated against the grain, flouting conventional wisdom.
The U.S. celebrity machine thrives on a set-em-up-and-knock-em-down cycle so it’s not surprising that the latest film about Steve Jobs is highly negative. However, perseverating on Jobs’s problematic personal relationships is completely missing the point.
CEOs that treat people like crap are dime-a-dozen. There was nothing unique about Jobs’s management style. What was unique about Steve Jobs was that he pushed technology towards simplicity rather than complexity.
The overwhelming obsession of the high tech industry is to push towards greater complexity by adding as many customer-requested features as possible while still maintaining backward compatibility.
Steve Jobs throughout his career, took the opposite approach . He consistently sacrificed backward compatibility and functionality in favor of simplicity of design. some illustrative examples
- Creating a new, GUI-based OS for the Lisa and Macintosh rather than building out the wildly-successful Apple II.
- Only allowing a single button on the original Macintosh’s mouse despite the success of two button mice on IBM PCs.
- Creating a new, touch-based OS for the iPod family rather than attempting to shoehorn the Mac OS into that environment.
- Refusing to support Java on the iPod family for security reasons even though it meant that many websites would not work properly.
- Vetoing the presence of upgrade slots to the iPod family to support added memory and non-Apple hardware.
These decisions were all highly controversial at the time, especially among the high tech punditry and the powers-that-be, all of whom view the world through an unquestioning “complexity=goodness” filter.
By contrast, there was little or no complaint within the high tech world when, in similar situations, Microsoft made decisions that added complexity to their products. For example:
- Continuing support of clunky MS-DOS in successive versions of Windows.
- Proliferating of buttons and controls on Windows keyboards and mice.
- Continually attempting to force the Windows design onto handhelds and phone.
- Supporting applications that can alter each other and the operating system.
- Supporting thousands of devices on Windows PCs through the open bus.
This is not to say that these were bad decisions on Microsoft’s part. However, they were easy decisions that ruffled no feathers. Quite the contrary; in high tech circles, Microsoft is beloved compared to Apple, which is seen as uncooperative and difficult to work with.
However, when you get outside the cloistered world of high tech and into the real world of everyone else, the situation is reversed. As easy as it is to make fun of Apple fan-boys, it’s undeniably true that many people love Apple’s products.
If we observe practically common people don’t want products that make their lives more complex. They want products that make their lives easier, which is only possible through simplification.
In order to create products that inspired love (,hereby making Apple the most valuable company in the world, Steve Jobs spent his entire career fighting against the most-deeply held beliefs of nearly everyone else in his industry.
Steve Jobs innovated against the grain, flouting conventional wisdom. That’s what makes him unique and worthy of emulation. The fact that he made some enemies in the process and some mistakes in his personal life is utterly irrelevant.
As an innovator and visionary, Steve Jobs’ accomplishments can be held on a pedestal with the likes of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bill Gates, Google’s (GOOG) Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg. The aforementioned names are all highly regarded within technology for transforming consumerism and the accessibility of information. While best known as the CEO of Apple (AAPL), Steve Jobs has had a profound effect on the world outside of technology. From purchasing Pixar in 1986 to supporting charities and environmental causes, Jobs’ achievements and innovations continue to affect industries and lifestyles worldwide.
JOURNEY OF JOBS
Most associate Jobs’ success with Apple; however, in the early days, Jobs’ relationship with Apple proved to be a rocky one. After resigning from the company in 1985, Jobs founded NeXT, a firm that created computers for business and educational needs. While NeXT wasn’t particularly successful based on units sold, the company continues to be an integral part of computers today: portions of Nextstep operating systems still live on within Mac OS X. Additionally, the famous “Wolfenstein” and “Doom” computer games were written on NeXTcube stations.
Job’s $5 million acquisition of Lucasfilms’ Computer Graphic Division in 1986 proved to be a wise investment. The potential he saw in the company – later renamed Pixar – paid off when he sold it to Disney (DIS) in 2006 for $7.4 billion. Prior to the mid 1990s, Disney was the gold standard of full-length animated feature films, and it wasn’t until the success of “Toy Story” in 1995 that Pixar landed on the map. With each subsequent film, Pixar gained steam and created a whole animation industry in Hollywood. The company’s movies grossed $3.8 billion worldwide before its acquisition by Disney.
While Jobs lacked expertise in graphic design and video production, he believed Pixar’s computer technology and animation would one day match Disney’s work. Job’s biggest impact was on the strategic direction of the company, including leading and overseeing Pixar’s IPO in 1995. The investment capital Pixar received from going public gave Jobs the freedom to rapidly expand the company. Many attest that Jobs’ drive and vision for Pixar gave the company the support it needed to prosper and flourish. Today Pixar is recognized as one of the most influential film studios in the world.
Jobs’ product launches while at the helm of Apple continue to impact countless individuals. Released in 2001, the iPod was widely recognized as the first user friendly and innovative means of accessing music on the go. Consumers had used portable radios, CD or tape players for remote audio purposes prior to widespread access of mp3 files. Syncing with Apple’s iTunes program, the iPod gave users the means to carry and purchase hundreds of songs on a single device. Currently the iPod can be found in three different models depending on user needs.
Steve Jobs’ big product launch was the iPhone. Combining the features of an iPod with those of a phone and computer, the iPhone enabled users to make calls, listen to music, and browse the Internet on one touchscreen-capable device. Besides synchronization to iTunes, the iPhone featured an exclusive App Store that liberated users from purchasing content from wireless carriers. Before the App Store, wireless carriers controlled the distribution of content to phones. As evidenced by the 500 millionth iPhone sale and 50 billionth app download in early 2014, Jobs’ iPhone has clearly had a far reach.
Taking their cue from the iPhone, Apple and Jobs then created the first touchscreen tablet without a keyboard. A cross between a laptop and an iPhone, the iPad spurred the development of a new industry that other technology companies have since entered. Jobs’ influence on retail products has revolutionized consumer technology, forcing engineers and developers to create new and innovative products. Consumers have benefited most from increased competition, as products remain modestly priced but boast increased capabilities and features.
As seen at NeXT, Pixar, and Apple,Steve Jobs had a visible role in the success of products and companies. However, behind the scenes Jobs was known by a select few as a philanthropist. While his philanthropic efforts were rarely made public, many have attested to Jobs charitable nature. Jobs donated over $50 million to Stanford hospitals and contributed to various projects to fight AIDS. As a philanthropist, Jobs’ goal wasn’t to be recognized, but to help those who needed it.
Not only are Apple products considered innovative, they are also environmentally friendly. Jobs promoted an initiative for environmentally friendly products during his time as CEO. Apple utilizes eco-conscious materials such as recycled plastics and papers in its products to conserve global resources. Likewise, all Apple products are ENERGY STAR qualified, which means they are energy efficient.
As the initial creator of upscale user friendly mechanisms, Steve Jobs’ accomplishments in technology continue to have profound effects today. The competition created from the introduction of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad has revolutionized the technology industry. Consumers have benefited from developments in phones and computing, and have a wider array of choices when purchasing computers, phones and tablets. While Jobs’ influence on technology was obvious, his philanthropy has gone widely unrecognized. Jobs donated to a variety of charitable causes, and he also sought to lessen the long lasting environmental impacts of Apple’s products by changing the company’s environmental policy.
For Jobs, how a product looked, felt and responded trumped raw technical specifications. While PC makers chased after faster processor speeds, Jobs pursued clever, minimalist design.
The new millennium was all about a rapid shift to digital content delivery, a disruption that sent music publishers scrambling to preserve their downward-spiraling bottom lines as millions of users downloaded music illegally via services like Napster.
Apple launched iTunes in 2003. A digital content service that charged for music, its ease-of-use and tight integration with the popular iPod proved irresistible to consumers. Now, iTunes is the largest online music retailer in the world, with over 200 million registered users who have downloaded 15 billion songs. The fall 2011 launch of a cloud-based iTunes service should only further cement that standing.
It’s easy to forget, but Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak helped popularize the very idea of the personal computer with the Apple II, a mass-produced 8-bit computer encased in plastic that became one of the most successful PCs of the 1980s. It revolutionized the way people work. Much has happened since—not least the rise of Windows-based computers—but Mac sales continue to climb. In fact, Mac sales for the September 2011 quarter are expected to come in between 4.4 million and 4.6 million, a new record.
The Post-PC Era
Just as Jobs helped revolutionize personal computing with the Apple II, he also ushered what many now dub the “post-PC” era thanks to a slick slab of glass and aluminum called the iPad. Until last year, tablet computing was a nice idea stalled by bad execution. Users shunned early attempts by Microsoft (MSFT) and its partners to make tablet-laptop hybrids. Even Apple itself tried and failed to innovate with the Newton back in the early-1990s.
With the iPad, Jobs and Apple seemed to get everything right: an enviable portable form factor, an accessible operating system similar to the iPhone’s and a reasonable price. The iPad sold nearly 14.7 million units in 2010, and just last quarter, sales exploded 183%, proving that many people want a sizable yet portable device they can take anywhere.
Apple’s marketing through the years may well be some of the most innovative ever, starting with the 1984 Super Bowl commercial from film director Ridley Scott. In it, a female athlete bursts into a room filled with bald drones and hurls a sledgehammer at a projector screen displaying propaganda. Decades later the small screen nod to Big Brother remains notorious, but it was only the beginning of Apple’s excellent foray into advertising. Other campaigns included the Mac versus PC commercials with actor Justin Long and stylized print advertisements featuring darkened silhouettes of people jamming to music on an iPod.
Though Android may occupy a larger cut of the market these days, Jobs must be credited with turning the moribund cell phone market upside down. With the iPhone in 2007, Apple introduced a device that pioneered the smartphone revolution thanks to a minimalist design, large responsive touchscreen and solid operating system that blew Palm and RIM’s efforts away.
Jobs was involved in every step of the initial development process, which according to one insider cost the company $150 million. He also pushed for unprecedented control over the device’s construction with Cingular (now AT&T) executives — which is why the iPhone doesn’t carry an AT&T(T) (or Verizon) logo on it. Users also have Jobs to thank for Visual Voicemail, which chucked the standard voicemail system for a non-linear “push to listen” interface, a feature other smartphones now have too.
The so-called “ecosystem” concept may be one of Jobs’ most lasting contributions to global business. The idea is simple to create a closed universe of hardware, software and services that—thanks to tight integration—provide a superior experience for users. Think iTunes, where users buy and listen to million of songs and albums, uploading them to an iPod or iPhone. The App Store functions much the same way for applications for Apple’s i devices. Makers of everything from cars to video games now think of their businesses as attempting to establish such ecosystems.
The Mac OS
Apple operating systems were always intended to be simpler than the competition—MS-DOS, Windows or Linux—and that approach is readily apparent, whether it’s Mac OS System 7 or Mac OSX, software largely derived from Jobs’ work at NeXT. Windows fans sometimes criticize it for lacking customization options, but that’s really the point. By making it as simple and easy-to-use as possible, the Mac OS maintains a strong reputation for accessibility and stability, something that couldn’t always be said of Windows through the years.
The Apple Stores
The first Apple retail store in Tyson’s Corner, VA was reportedly met with much skepticism. Ten years and 345 stores later though, the story has changed. Apple’s success with brick and mortar locations even spurred Microsoft to do the same (with mixed results). The key lies largely with the store layout. According to Apple lore, Jobs and company realized during the early days that the ideal arrangement was to break up areas based on consumer interactions: an area for checking out how a camera and printer worked with a computer, another space for multimedia-focused tasks and so on, with an emphasis on hands-on demos, so consumers could handle the goods themselves.
Ultimately, Jobs’ biggest contribution isn’t just a smartphone, a tablet or an operating system, but Apple itself, a 12,000-strong organization that was once on the brink of irrelevance. Since his return to the company in 1997, Jobs has rebuilt it into the most valuable technology company in the world, surpassing other heavyweights like Microsoft or HP (HPE). It may indeed be the greatest turnaround in business history.
Nothing better exemplifies that in design or scale than Apple’s upcoming new headquarters, a 2.8-million square foot campus that will house 300,000 square feet of research facilities, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a power plant and underground parking. “I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,” Jobs said, who arguably wouldn’t settle for anything but the best where any area of his company was concerned.
Do you watch animated movies, use a computer, listen to music?
If the answer is yes to any of those, and we suspect it probably is for all of them, then your life was in some way affected by Steve Jobs.
Jobs, who was one of the creators of Apple, the creative force behind all technologies that start with an i and in part responsible for advances in digital animation, died Wednesday. He was 56.
KidsPost doesn’t usually write obituaries, stories about people who have died. Basically, we think that death isn’t a subject most kids want to think about. So we write only about the deaths of important people or people who have made a difference in kids’ lives. For example, we have written about presidents and popes who have died. And we wrote about Mr. Rogers when he died in 2003. Today, we’re writing about Steve Jobs.
Jobs was 21 years old when he and his friend Steve Wozniak created Apple Computer in the garage of his parents’ house in California. He had dropped out of college. (That’s something he had in common with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Jobs and Gates were often seen as rivals, leading two of the great computer companies of all time).
It was during the time that he wasn’t working for Apple that Jobs bought what would become Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs wanted to change the way animated movies were made, and the result was some of the most successful and memorable movies of the past two decades, including the “Toy Story” movies, “The Incredibles,” “Wall•E” and “Up.”
Jobs once said that he thought he was a bit like Flik, the idealistic young ant in the Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life.” Flik saves his colony of scared ants from an army of big, angry grasshoppers.
When he introduced the first Apple Macintosh computer in 1984 he described it as “insanely great.” Those words are being used now, by Bill Gates in fact, to describe not the computer but the man who created it.
Today Jobs is being compared to such great inventors, innovators and businessmen as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Walt Disney.
LOOK AT STEVE JOBS ..HE HAS STOLEN THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ………HE IS ALWAYS INVISIBLY ACCOMPANIED WITH US THROUGH APPLE PRODUCTS …