As we all know Steve Jobs has passed away at the young age of 56 after stepping down as CEO of Apple and naming Tim Cook his successor. Mr Jobs has been an inspiration to the world of technology and our thoughts are with his family. Apple have announced that they will be holding a celebration of Steve’s wonderful life. Below is a brief history of how Mr Jobs got where he is today.
It all began in 1976 when Steve co-founded the company with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne but of course Steve started the foundations of this from the garage o his own home. Over the next nine years he drove the company on and it became a major player and dominated the home computer market.
Amazingly in 1985 Steve was fired from Apple by John Sculley who had joined Apple as CEO from Pepsi. So Steve then turned his attention to founding NeXT Computer which was crazy advanced and expensive for this era, explaining why it never found financial success unlike his other pursuit. In 1986 Steve bought a company called Graphics Group who where responsible for visuals like the Genesis effect in Star Trek 2. Amazingly Mr Jobs paid $5 million for this company which then in 2006 sold for $7.4 Billion to Disney who now call it Pixar.
Steve found his way back to Apple in 1996 when they acquired his NeXT and after a short spell Steve became CEO. Over the next few years under Steve’s watchful eye Apple became the company they are today. In 1998 the iMac was released a device that he said marries “the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh”. Steve also produced many solutions to a lot of problems Apple had and helped them rid many useless projects.
That takes us to when a lot of you probably started noticing Apple a lot more, in 2001 they re-invented the Mac operating system with OS X. A point worth noticing is that this was built from NeXT foundations. Also in this year they launched the stores we just love to go play in, The Apple store. Which started selling the ipod accompanied with iTunes, lets not forget that this was all new to people but a few years on they were iconic.
In 2007 Apple released the iPhone and then the App Store in 2008 followed by the iPad in 2008. All of these products had many doubters and often tipped to fail but in true Jobs fashion they where so big a hit that not even Mr Jobs could have seen it coming.
One point worth noting is that the recent release of the iPhone 4s has left so many people disappointed but after reading this you will understand why, its because you have been spoiled so many times before with all his unbelievable creations.
Steve has been an inspiration to many and has left a massive hole in Apple that no one will be able to fill nor will try to. I only pray that he has touched enough people within Apple with his desire and genius that will now give them the will to carry on and keep Apple products under the ‘WOW’ factor category.
RIP STEVE (MR APPLE) GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
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