Steve Jobs is the Apple brand that most individuals would recognize more than the gadgets his company produces. Whether you own an iPad or a Macbook, these products just wouldn’t be the same without Steve. From status symbol icon to trailblazing new technology, Steve Jobs was a man of vision and an idealist who kept on pushing forward.
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Born on February 24, 1955, Steve Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Job. In his early student life, he attended Cupertino High school and Homestead High school in Cupertino, California. He was a huge fan of after-school lectures by the company, Hewlett-Packard usually held in Palo Alto, and worked there part-time during the summer.
He finished high school in the year 1972, and entered Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He only stayed in college for one semester, choosing to drop out and audit classes instead. He survived by collecting and returning Coke bottles for money.
It is ironic, that Steve Jobs actually dropped his “Calligraphy” class during college and he tells us that if he had never done so, the Mac would not be as we currently know it.
Apple as a company was formed later in 1975, where a 16 year old Steve paired up with 21 year old Wozniak. The meeting happened because of a man named Bill Fernandez. The two started a company that assembled computers that they later put on sale; this was the early start of Apple. A year after, the first graphical user interface that could be found on a small computer was introduced by Macintosh.
After parting ways with Apple in 1985, Jobs founded NeXT Computers, and produced a number of notable—if expensive—models that attempted to move the focus from personal computers to a more interpersonal experience, although Jobs’ passion for perfection eventually drove the company to focus on software development due to the difficulty of manufacturing aesthetic hardware on a tight budget.
In 1986, he also bought “The Graphics Group” from Lucas films, later renamed “Pixar”. It was meant to be a high-end graphics developer but failed on that goal. To save the company, Pixar got in touch with Disney, and started producing computer-animated feature films instead – which led to the Disney-Pixar production house of today.
Return to Apple
He returned his attention to Apple in 1996 after Apple bought and absorbed NeXT Computers. Jobs concentrated on profitability, terminating a lot of projects, making him notorious as a terminator of employees.
He made it difficult and rather costly for other manufacturers to make their machines by changing the licensing program. Apple Macintosh was then further cemented and make stronger as a brand in 1999 with the release of the Mac OS X.
It is on August 2011 that Jobs resigned as CEO of apple, although maintaining his position as the chairman of the company’s board. He passed away peacefully on October 5, 2011.
The evolution of computers would never have been the same had Steve Jobs not been around. He was a beacon of quality, delivering in both the aesthetics of design and innovation. He was also well known for his salesmanship, a talent that made him one of the most charismatic innovators of his time.
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