Each year in late February, we take a moment to reflect on the contributions of a tech icon. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs would have turned 64 on February 24 and his impact is felt as deeply today as ever.
Jobs, who died October 5, 2011, is most remembered for his work with Apple Inc., but his contributions extended far beyond the company.
This is a great time to remember Jobs and appreciate what he accomplished in the time after he co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in a Los Altos, California garage in 1976.
Current Apple CEO Tim Cook honored Jobs via his Twitter account.
Steve’s vision is reflected all around us at Apple Park. He would have loved it here, in this place he dreamed up — the home and inspiration for Apple’s future innovations. We miss him today on his 64th birthday, and every
Former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 and if he were still alive, today would mark his 64th birthday.
Jobs not only founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976 and directed the development of some of the first personal computers, but he also brought Apple back from the brink of failure even after being ousted from the company he created.
In the 2000-2010s, Jobs was responsible for not only saving Apple, but then building it into one of the largest companies in the world. The introduction of the iPod in 2001 and iPhone in 2007 represented industry changing products that have sold hundreds of millions of units.
Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011 at the age of 56. Jobs had been suffering with complications related to pancreatic cancer in the years leading up to his death. Jobs has obviously affected the world
Today marks the 35th anniversary of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs unveiling the original Macintosh.
Jobs pulled the Macintosh out of a bag during Apple’s annual shareholders meeting on January 24, 1984 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, grinning from ear to ear as the crowd erupted in applause.
Macintosh’s very first words:
Hello, I’m Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.
Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I’d like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: NEVER TRUST A COMPUTER YOU CAN’T LIFT!
Obviously, I can talk, but right now I’d like to sit back and listen. So, it is with considerable pride that I introduce a man who’s been like a father to me… STEVE JOBS.
Two days earlier, Apple teased the Macintosh’s introduction with its iconic “1984” ad during Super Bowl
The New York Times today printed an interesting article exploring how Apple co-founder Steve Jobs set up a Macintosh manufacturing plant in Fremont, California in the 1980s that failed early on into its tenure.
Titled “When Apple Was Homegrown,” the piece by John Markoff offers an insight into Jobs’ fascination with Henry Ford’s mass automobile manufacturing in Detroit and the high-quality manufacturing capabilities of Japanese companies like Sony, and how Jobs aimed to synthesize the two cultures in a “highly automated” Mac factory.
Apple’s ill-fated California Macintosh facility (Credit: Terrence McCarthy for NYT)
“Steve had deep convictions about Japanese manufacturing processes,” recalled Randy Battat, who joined Apple as a young electrical engineer and oversaw the introduction of some of the company’s early portable computers. “The Japanese were heralded as wizards of manufacturing. The idea was to create a factory with just-in-time delivery of zero-defect parts. It wasn’t great for business.
Earlier this month, we told you about an auction for a Steve Jobs business card listing him as Chairman of the Board at Apple Computer. The business card features Apple’s classic rainbow logo and an address of 20525 Mariani Avenue, across the street from Apple’s Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California.
Boston-based RR Auction has since announced that the business card, estimated to fetch a modest $500, was sold for a considerably larger sum of $6,259 this week. For that price, one might think it was signed by Jobs, but it was not.
During the same auction, a copy of the February 1984 premiere issue of Macworld magazine signed by Jobs sold for $47,775, easily topping its $10,000 estimate. Limited copies of the issue are still in circulation, and Jobs was typically reluctant to provide his autograph, making it even more of a collectible.
The latest in a long line of brilliantly interesting RR Auctions of rare Apple-related memorabilia has been announced, and it’s an incredibly rare Steve Jobs-signed copy of Macworld that’s up grabs.
Watch the moment Jobs signed the thing
Jobs didn’t really want to sign the magazine, a first edition of Macworld number one that appeared in February 1984 was already a collector’s item when he did.
He signed it at the grand opening of the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York on May 19, 2006.
This video shows the moment happen.
As you can see, Jobs initially refused to sign the item for the man who asked him to do so, who was in a wheelchair, before acquiescing to the request and asking his name (“Matt” is heard off camera). Jobs then reluctantly signs the magazine, adding the a quick inscription to “Matt.” (Estimate: $10,000+ )
Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in memory of his former boss and mentor Steve Jobs, who passed away on October 5, 2011. Today marks the seventh anniversary of the Apple co-founder’s death. He was 56 years old.
“Steve showed me—and all of us—what it means to serve humanity,” tweeted Cook, alongside a photo of Steve.
Steve showed me—and all of us—what it means to serve humanity. We miss him, today and every day, and we’ll never forget the example he set for us. pic.twitter.com/fsdeOIl6LB
Here’s what Cook said on the day of Steve’s death:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that
ABC let this slip this morning — I’ve embedded it above, and if you think they need your click you will find them here.
Introducing the segment, ABC’s news anchor said: “For all the oohs and aahs you’d think Steve Jobs had reinvented the wheel.”
I’d argue that in some ways the impact of Apple’s mobile device may not have been quite as radical as the wheel, or fire, but continues to transform everything it touches. It has changed how we work, rest and play.
I quite like Steve’s modesty, when he says “We just try to make products people will like”.
Naturally, when Apple launched the device it came in for lots of criticism from its competitors. Palm. Steve Ballmer. Remember them?
I still have my first iPhone — it’s just so unfortunate that I dropped my first iPad on it (really):
Today marks the seventh anniversary of the late Steve Jobs resigning as CEO of Apple. In a letter addressed to Apple’s Board of Directors, dated August 24, 2011, Jobs strongly recommended then-COO Tim Cook be named his successor.
OWC can help you upgrade just about any Apple computer from the past couple of decades. However, there’s one model that a lucky collector will get their hands on that won’t be so easy to upgrade.
RR Auction will put a functional Apple-1 computer up for bidding on September 25, with the final price expected to reach hundreds of thousands of dollars (in 2014, an Apple-1 sold for almost $1 million). The Apple-1 was the first Apple computer designed and built by Steve Wozniak.
The computer, designed in 1976, originally sold for $666.66 and is one of only a few dozen still in existence of the 175 that were sold decades ago. Of those still existing, only eight or so are believed to be functional.
In just a few weeks, Lisa Brennan-Jobs will launch “Small Fry,” a memoir about her life that includes a focus on the tumultuous relationship she held with her father, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. As the book launch grows closer, Brennan-Jobs is in the midst of a publicity tour and today her latest interview has been shared by The New York Times, which also provides a few snippets from the book.
Naturally, much of Brennan-Jobs’ overview of her childhood includes numerous passages regarding her father’s “coldness.” Still, the author doesn’t want “Small Fry” to be regarded as a tell-all about Steve Jobs, but as more of a “nuanced portrait of a family,” as well a book about her own story and not her father’s.
What makes this computer truly remarkable is that it is one of only perhaps 70 remaining examples of the 200 original Apple-1 computers that were handmade by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the former’s parent’s garage.
This means that whoever ends up with this machine is connected to one of the most important moments in computing history.
These things were sold for $666.66 at The Byte Shop in Mt. View, CA – one of the first personal computer shops in the world. This unit was purchased for $300 from the original owner who began learning BASIC and writing small programs and even after outgrowing the system, held on to it, realizing it
Apple released the first iMac on August 15, 1998—that makes this week the 20th anniversary of the often divisive, always popular, and ever iconic all-in-one. That first iMac was a revolution in terms of design—an important part of the history of not just Macs but personal computing generally. But some of the choices Apple made haven’t aged that well and were controversial even at the time.
It all began with the iMac G3, which was the first product created under the watchful eye of a returning Steve Jobs. Jobs resigned from Apple in the wake of a reorganization by then-CEO John Sculley in the ’80s, but he returned to the company in the late ’90s and oversaw the iMac and other
Twenty years ago today, Apple’s first all-in-one desktop computer was released into the wild. The iMac was a drastic departure from the previous Mac offerings and initially proved to be divisive among the Apple community.
Designed by Jonathan Ive, the original gumdrop iMac design was offered in a variety of colors in a translucent plastic enclosure. The iMac would eventually see several refreshes and redesigns, with the most recent – the 2017 iMac Pro – featuring workstation-class performance and a 5K Retina display.
In May, Apple Insider published a fantastic editorial that goes deep into the 20-year history of the iMac that relives the evolution of the machine and provides insights into the critics and controversies along the way. Check it out, and be sure to share your favorite iMac model or memory in our comments section.
The troubled relationship between Steve Jobs and his daughter Lisa has been recounted before. Next month, though, Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ memoir ‘Small Fry’ will be released. The book is a first-person account of her childhood and the period leading up to Steve Jobs’ death in 2011. The Vanity Fair excerpt includes anecdotes of visits by Steve Jobs to Brennan-Jobs when she was a child:
We skated the neighborhood streets. Trees overhead made patterns of the light. Fuchsia dangled from bushes in yards, stamens below a bell of petals, like women in ball gowns with purple shoes. My father and mother had the same skates, a beige nubuck body with red laces crisscrossed over a double line of metal fasts. As we passed bushes in other people’s yards, he pulled clumps of leaves off the stems, then dropped the fragments as we skated, making a line of ripped leaves behind Continue reading “Vanity Fair Previews Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ Book ‘Small Fry’”
Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’ oldest daughter, is releasing a memoir called “Small Fry” next month, and ahead of the book’s release, Vanity Fairhas published an excerpt where Lisa-Brennan Jobs shares details on her troubled relationship with her father, his last days, and her early life.
Lisa was born in 1978 to Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan, and as is well known, Jobs initially denied that he was her father. He had nothing to do with her until she was two, a story she tells interspersed with facts about the Lisa computer he built. After being forced to take a paternity test and provide child support for Lisa, she finally met him, detailing their first meeting in Menlo Park, California.
Steve Jobs and Lisa Brennan-Jobs
“You know who I am?” he asked. He flipped his hair out of his eyes.
Apple founder Steve Jobs founded a second computer company after Apple, called NeXT. As many Apple users know, NeXT created the operating system Apple later introduced as OSX, and that now forms the core of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and will be part of other operating systems in future.
This little-known video (found on FastCompany) sees Jobs talk about his work with designer Paul Rand, who developed the NeXT logo for Jobs. It’s an interesting collection of thoughts, and reveals a little concerning how Jobs thought about design.
You also see Jobs stop and think about what he wants to say, which I found a particularly enlightening insight into how he thought about things.
The following video takes a deeper dive into the NeXT logo design.
Logos are only as good as the quality of what they represent
In August 2008, Steve Jobs spoke with journalist Nick Wingfield to discuss the future of mobile devices, apps and the iPhone. Apple had only opened its App Store up for business a few weeks before. Steve Jobs revealed he was using the following apps on his iPhone:
Who recalls how the App Store looked in 2008?
The apps Steve Jobs used in 2008
As well as Apple’s stock apps, Mail and Safari, Jobs also admitted to having the following apps installed on his iPhone:
New York Times
Facebook (“The Facebook app’s pretty cool. A lot of people are using it,” said Jobs.)
Following the launch of the App Store in 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs sat down for an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
In celebration of the recent 10th anniversary of the App Store, The Wall Street Journal today published both the audio and transcript of that interview, where Jobs shares his view on the future of the App Store and the future of Apple.
The interview took place in August of 2008, a month after the launch of the App Store. Even back then, just after its debut, the App Store’s success surprised Jobs, who said Apple hadn’t expected the App Store to “be this big.” “The mobile industry’s never seen anything like this,” he said.
Within 30 days, users had downloaded 30 percent as many apps as everybody in the world downloaded songs from iTunes during the same period of time. Jobs said he could not
“I’d give a lot for Steve’s taste.” Image c/o Joi Ito/Flickr
A previously unseen MIT video and a fresh insight into how Steve Jobs handled the task of getting good feedback in meetings have appeared, and both are well worth your time.
Freshly-found Steve Jobs footage
This clip has been around for a few months, but only recently got noticed. It’s a 1992 talk at MIT during which Jobs talked about his departure from Apple, how he felt this was a loss for the company, and explained a little about how his management style had changed.
As reported, he says: “I now take a longer-term view on people. When I see something not being done right, my first reaction isn’t to go fix it, it’s to say we’re building a team here and we’re going to do good stuff for the next decade, and not just the first year. So Continue reading “Steve Jobs just shipped two new secrets”