Yesterday, many of us awoke to the dreadful news of Steve Jobs and that he passed away. But I think we should be focusing on what he achieved in his life and how much he affected others with his astonishing achievements.
Steve Jobs was born, February, 24th
Steve joined Reed College, Portland, he dropped out after a semester.
Stephen was employed by Atari, who created the classic arcade game, SPACE INVADORS! He also attended meetings with the Homebrew Computer Club accompanied by an old friend from high school, Steve Wozniak.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak continued attending their Homebrew Computer Club gatherings.
The first Apple computer was created on April fool’s day, which was a few days after Steve Jobs and Wozniak created a circuit board in their garage, located in Silicon Valley. Ron Wayne, who was the third co-founder Apple, left the company, after 2 weeks, the first ever Apple computer then went on the shelves for $666.66 ready for the summer.
A second model of the Apple computer was revealed; the first personal computer to have colour graphics, Apples’ income reached $1 billion.
Steve Jobs become the father to his daughter, Lisa; the mother was Chrissan Brennan who was Stephens’ girlfriend.
Steve went to PARC (Xerox Pala Alto Research Centre) and was motivated by a Personal Computer that had a user interface which was graphical.
Apple sells its products to the public; they earned around $110 million in what could be one of the biggest public offerings to this day.
Yearly income totals at $1 billion.
The Lisa PC was available to buy. Steve employed John Sculley as CEO of Apple
The Macintosh advert was aired at half time of the Super Bowl, the Macintosh was then available in stores.
Steve and Sculley argued, causing Steve leave Apple. Wozniak resigned Apple later in that year.
Steve Jobs began his corporation called Next Inc., which was a new computer manufacturing and development company, creating PC’s for universities. He also purchased Pixar off of George Lucas, who we all know today as the creator of Star Wars.
The first computer from Next Inc., was put on the shelves for a total of $6, 500
Apple announce a new partnership with IBM to create new PC software and microprocessors; Apple releases portable Macs named PowerBook’s which were developed into the Macbooks that we know today.
Apple unveils the Newton, a pen controlled, hand held computer. Apple lost $188 million in the quarter of that year. John Sculley was replaced with Michael Spindler who was promoted to the CEO of Apple. Sculley resigned as chairman. Steve Jobs wants to focus to be on developing software, as opposed to computers.
Apple releases the Power Macintosh, which was created around the PowerPC chip that IBM and Motorola helped to develop, Apple then licensed its OS, which allowed, competing companies to clone Mac software.
The first Mac clones were sold. Pixars’ animated film, Toy Story, was released in theatres which caused Pixar to go to Wall Street with a 140 Million IPO.
Apple stated they wanted to buy Next Inc. for a total of $430 million, to become the owners of the OS Steve and his team had created. Steve then became the official advisor of Apple. Spindler was replaced with Gil Amelio as CEO of Apple.
Steve was then promoted to the short-term CEO of Apple after Amelio was let go; he created an ingenious marketing opportunity by calling to himself the iCEO of Apple. Steve then put a stop to the Mac copy cats.
Apple starts to make a profit, once again. Apple releases a candy coloured iMac which greatly changed the personal computing trade. The handheld Newton was also take off of the shelves.
Steve Jobs became the permanent iCEO of Apple
The first ever iPod was sold. Macs with a new operating system (OS X) were also released as well as the music software known as iTunes.
Apple launches the iTunes online music store, with an estimated 200,000 songs that were priced at 99 cents each. 1 million songs had been purchased in the first week of iTunes being released.
Jobs undertook surgical treatment for a curable case of pancreatic cancer; Apple released this information after his treatment.
Apple produces different forms of the iPod, containing the iPod Nano, also an iPod that can play videos. Macs that were to be released at a later date were proclaimed to use Intel chips.
Disney bought Pixar animations from Steve Jobs for a price of $7.4 billion, making him Disney’s largest shareholder.
Apple unveils their first smart phone, the iPhone; customers camped overnight to be the first to get their very own.
Steve Jobs seems to be ill because of his extreme loss of weight. In Apples’ event, September, he said that the rumours of his death are overstated.
Steve clarifies that his weight loss is down to a hormone imbalance and he will be continuing to run Apple. Just a few days after this, he announced he will be on medical leave; he had a liver transplant and came back to the company in June.
Apple sold 15 million iPads within only 9 months of its’ release.
January 17th 2011 -
Steve Jobs declared another medical leave to his employees by memo. Cook then took Steves’ position and ran Apples’ projects however; Jobs kept his title as CEO and was still a big part of important decisions.
August 24th 2011 -
Steve Jobs resigned from Apple, Cook then took the position of CEO and Jobs is titled as the chairman of Apple.
October 5th 2011 -
Steve Jobs died at 56 years old. Apple announced his death without giving a COD.
We have lost a fantastic person, even if we did not have the privilege to meet Steve ourselves, we cannot deny that he has changed every humans life, whether they know it or not. By pushing the human race to develop and realise that the limits are the ones we set. RIP Steve Jobs.