Steve Jobs

We all know that the time will come, but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., passed away on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at the age of 56.

From the Mac to the iPod, iPhone and iPod, Jobs defined a generation and single-handedly shepherd an entire industry from humble beginnings to great heights, and turned Apple into one of the world’s most influential companies.


Steve jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco. Adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, he grew up in Mountain View, attending Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in California during his teenage years.


1972: He met Steve Wozniak through a mutual friend, and the pair worked at Hewlett Packard and attended meetings of the influential Homebrew Computer Club during the early and mid-1970s.


1976: Jobs founded Apple with Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, and the first Apple computer was created at Jobs’s parents’ house. Its successor, the Apple II, went on sale in June 1977 and became a huge hit, setting the foundations for the company’s continued success.


1983: Jobs lured John Sculley (vice president and president) away from Pepsi-Cola to serve as Apple’s CEO, with a very famous question:

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”

1984: Jobs introduced a Macintosh to a world, and it became a initial commercially successful tiny mechanism with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). The Mac’s growth was after taken over by Jobs.



1985: An industry-wide sales slump towards the end of 1984 caused a deterioration in Jobs’ working relationship with Sculley, and at the end of May 1985 following an internal power struggle and an announcement of significant layoffs because of disappointing sales at the time Sculley relieved Jobs of his duties as head of the Macintosh division. Jobs later claimed that being fired from Apple was the best thing that could have happened to him; “The pressure of being successful was transposed by a levity of being a amateur again, reduction certain about everything. It liberated me to enter one of a many artistic durations of my life.”

After his departure, Jobs wasted little time, founding NeXT, a place where Jobs could continue to execute on his vision of desktop computing outside the sphere of Apple’s drama and bureaucracy.



1986: Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division for the price of $10 million. The new company, which was originally based at Lucasfilm’s Kerner Studios in San Rafael, California, but has since relocated to Emeryville, California, was initially intended to be a high-end graphics hardware developer. After years of unprofitability selling the Pixar Image Computer, it contracted with Disney to produce a number of computer-animated feature films



1996: Steve Jobs returned to Apple after Apple’s efforts to develop its own next-generation operating system failed, the company had been widely reported to be interested in acquiring a company called Be and the BeOS, but at the last minute chose to acquire Jobs’ NeXT, Inc, instead. Jobs returned to the company he’d founded as a “special advisor” six months after Apple formally acquired NeXT, Amelio was forced out of the company and Jobs took over as the de facto leader. Jobs was officially named the “interim CEO” of Apple in September 1997, which caused some in the industry to jokingly dub him the “iCEO.”



1998: The iMac was released. The iMac was a nearly complete reinvention of the personal computer, and returned Apple to a leadership position in the PC industry. The computer daringly did away with traditional PC components such as floppy disks and serial ports, while helping to popularize the USB standard and the concept of out-of-the-box internet connectivity. It was a bold move for a newly minted interim CEO, but it proved to be a huge success for Apple. The company lost $878 million in 1997, and earned $414 million in 1998.



2001: Jobs introduced the iPod. The product, over the years, went on to sell over 300 million units, and redefined Apple from simply being a computer company to be a consumer electronics company — in 2007 Apple Computer, Inc. officially dropped the “Computer” from its name.



2004: Jobs diagnosed with pancreas cancer. After a surgery, Jobs, announced in his e-mail to Apple employees that he will take a whole Aug off to take caring of his health, and expects to redeem from a pancreatic cancer. He designed to lapse to work in September.


2006: The iPhone went on to the market appeal of the smartphone, and fundamentally altered the mobile phone industry in everything from spectrum utilization to phone carrier plan pricing. The iPhone also created an entirely new market of third-party mobile applications, leading to a boom for software developers.


2010: Steve Jobs introduced the iPad at a special event in San Francisco. The device essentially kick-started a new industry of touchscreen tablets. Both the iPad and its successor, iPad 2, have been remarkably successful. As with the original Mac, the iPad was Jobs’ attempt to re-think computing with a human focus. It set the stage for what Jobs called the “post-PC” era of personal computing.


January 17, 2011: Apple announced that he had been granted a medical leave of absence. Jobs announced his leave in a letter to employees, stating his decision was made “so he could focus on his health”. He made appearances at the iPad2 launch event (March 2), the WWDC keynote introducing iCloud (June 6), and before the Cupertino city council (June 7).

On October 5, 2011, Jobs’ family made a statement that he “died peacefully today”

When he left, he left behind a great deal of legacy of things he created and accomplished. He changed the way the world interacts with gadgets and computers. Thank you so much for all the years of inspiration and brilliance. Thanks for everything, Steve.


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