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How Steve Jobs left his mark on technology

0. phoneArena 06 Oct 2011, 01:27 posted on

With the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, it feels as though an era has ended; Jobs has changed the way many products that we use today work, feel and look including smartphones, MP3 players, tablets and cartoons...

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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:40 10

1. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

YES. He created the most unique Apple products in history with sharp cutting design and slim features. Although he got too carried away of trying to get rid of the Galaxy S and HTC AND MOTOROLA, he left a staple in techonlogy.

OH one more thing, FIRST BITCHES!!!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:28 5

7. venture (unregistered)

Jonathan Ive is responsible for all of apple's designs, Jobs had the benefit of being the CEO/public face of apple when each product was released

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 04:06 3

25. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

True but as CEO he should have done something, he brought Apple up along with the help of his team.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:02 5

34. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

the mp3 player was around for 5 years before the ipod
there were several touch screen phones before the iPhone
there was a decade of touch scree "tablets" before the iPad
First How?????

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:43

57. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

First to bring a user friendly design to these products... The thing with Apple isn't that they invented smartphones or tablets...It's the fact that they made them easy to use.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:43 2

2. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:59 8

3. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

I wish him the best.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:09 18

4. wolfordtw (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

The one time i will not make fun of apple. My hats off to Mr jobs. I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:13 7

5. finally (unregistered)

Now maybe Apple will put flash on the iPhone! Ha!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:26 10

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

*shrugs* Okay, so he stepped down. The dude's not young. And it was never that he was a technical genius; Wozniak was the brains of the outfit early on. He's just always been an incredible businessman who knew how to market and get other people to make incredible things for him. All Apple needs to continue growing is someone who's as sharp at business as Jobs is.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:48 3

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

"All Apple needs to continue growing is someone who's as sharp at business as Jobs is."

That kind of smartness comes along maybe once in a generation. Do you think that Steve Ballmer has the same smarts that Bill Gates had? It is the same challenge for Apple. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. Expect Apple's share price to drop as the market digests Steve's stepping down as CEO. Apple has a pipeline of maybe 2 to 3 years from Steve Jobs' efforts. They now have to work on what they will be producing and selling after that.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:54 7

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It's not like Jobs was in the labs building and testing everything. He just called the shots on what got developed and how it was presented and marketed. I'm not saying that finding someone as good as him will be easy; I'm just saying that Jobs is, for all intents and purposes, replaceable.

Henry Ford was a hundred times the visionary that Jobs is. Ford's still here a hundred years later, and now is cranking their awesomeness to 11 under Alan Mulally, who is himself a visionary. And Mulally is helping Ford climb to the top without a slew of lawsuits and slinging mud at the competition, or even trying to be the only game in town.

I'll give all the props to Jobs that he actually deserves, but don't expect me to kneel before the man just because he's changing job titles.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:19 4

28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i give jobs a lot of respect for his business savy and his detailed control of the operations of his outfit. Very few can do what he has done with his life.

Aaaand.. I still hate the megalomaniacal bastard for pretty much everything else.. lol.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 12:37 3

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

And thats why you're a hater. Haters are usually failures in life and to compensate for their insecurities they attack successful people.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 04:05 2

42. heh (unregistered)

I agree. Seriously, Jobs is a visionary, and though he's not a *technical* genius, he is a genius in the sense that he knows how to provide what the *majority* wants. (Or even make people need something they really don't) He doesn't just sell tech/gadgets, he sells a different kind of lifestyle. AND though he can't build the iPhones, iPads, MBA's, etc that he has sold to billions, he knows how to build a team to make them. He had Woz, et al. Now, he's got Ive, Cook, Forstall, and all the other guys who make up Apple now. He really does know how to innovate, how to make his tech dreams real, and how to make others buy his stuff.

BUT, that patent trolling thing is still full of BS.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:47 3

16. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Will Sniggley ever stop putting his foot in his mouth?

Steve Jobs is a technical genius -- why else is Flash excluded from the iPhone, iPod Touches, and iPads. Jobs understands the technical defects to Flash, i.e. that it is an an anathema to mobile devices.

Another example is retina display -- if it weren't for Jobs, consumers today wouldn't have such high resolution screens on their mobile devices. Did you think companies Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, RIMM -- companies that have been making cellphones for years before the iPhone -- would have voluntarily given consumers retina-like displays?

Take the iPad and how it revolutionized the current view of the tablet. Everyone knows the PC tablets have been around for almost ten years before the iPad but those PC tablets went no where based on sales.

Steve Jobs most technical brillance was the marriage of hardware and software with the Macintosh -- that hallmark continues to be demonstrated with iPhones, iTouches, iPads, etc. Yes, Jobs didn't invent the mouse or GUI, but it was Jobs that had the vision and technical skills to put them into the Macintosh. I remember when I got WYSIWYG on my Lotus 123 spreadsheet program and I thought that was progress.

Again, Steve Jobs didn't invent the smartphone, he invented the highly successful iPhone. Steve Jobs didn't invent the MP3 players or pocket camcorders like Flip, but he invented the iPod Touch. In both of these situations and including the iPad, Steve Jobs had to set the bar for what was to be included, what was to be left out, how the final product would be and all those factors requires a technical genius.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 01:07 5

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

By technical genius, I mean the guy who actually sits down and makes the tech work. Steve is great for knowing which ideas will actually sell once they're marketed right. I can guarantee however that he's not the guy who actually sat down and came up with the ideas, implementations, and workings of any of the things you listed. Hell, one of his early accomplishments was making Wozniak do technical work from Atari which was assigned to him, turning Wozniak's (genius) work in, and taking most of the (substantial) money Atari paid for the job by lying to Wozniak about how much Atari actually gave him.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 03:34 3

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

You mean like how before the iPhone 4 damn near every other high end phone that came out when the iPhone 3GS was out had a higher screen res than the 3GS? The higher screen res...its called progress, evolution.

Apple slapped a term on that higher screen res and all of a sudden its amazing?

Look, the man's a genius. But Apple gets a lil too much credit for things that were being done before Apple did it.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:24 5

29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


LG makes the RETINA display, not Apple. Apple was just the first to licence it from LG. durka durka.

Apple stands on the backs of others and takes full credit. Who makes those powerful chips that the iphones run on to play those cool games? Samsung. Who designed the display that the iphones use? LG. Who makes the iphones? Some poor abused souls at Foxxconn in China.

I get that you love apple, but to pretend that apple does everything itself and invents all this stuff is just rediculous.

And Jobs didnt want flash because the iphone wasnt strong enough to handle it without occasional jitters. The biggest thing about the iphone is its asthetics and smooth kenetic scrolling. He wont allow anything that hurts that smoothness. Thats the reason many features are missing from iphones.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 03:02 1

47. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Sorry Sniggly! Jobs was every bit the visionary that Ford was. The Model-T was by far a more significant contribution to mankind, but that was a different time and a different need was being fulfilled. I agree that he was no technical genius, Wozniak did do all the heavy lifting. But he had a way of thinking outside of the box that could not be matched. Apple already tried putting another sharp business guy in Steve Jobs' place, and it was a colosal failure! He is truly irreplaceable!

What I can't help but wonder is where would Apple be had he not been fired in 85'? That's like having eight years of lost innovation when you think about it. Can you imagine having an iPod or an iPhone eight years earlier? Who is going to give the technology industry the push Steve Jobs did? Tim Cook seems to be a capable leader, but is he the same super-critical, hands-in-everything, micromanaging, visionary CEO that Steve Jobs was? IDK.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 05:48 1

48. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Where would Apple be? See: Nextstep computer. :D

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:41 2

8. Jasper (unregistered)

A truly visionary man, who changed the world of technology, demanding and insisting in his own way of doing things, making this success unique to Apple. These 14 years that Apple went through shall not and cannot be duplicated, though at some point of time, someone may overtake this legacy, and rewrite history again.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:41 4

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

This is Steve's moment. Yet android fanboys still try to spoil it. What a hateful bunch.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:13 5

15. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Isn't this article for Steve? Of course this is his moment. If someone decides to pay tribute for Steve, let them. Why crash in and antagonize the man? This article has NOTHING to do with android or android fanboys, yet you guys are in here. No one is asking for any of you to respect him, but at least let those who would want to give a little tribute to the guy be.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:50 6

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Hey, you're the one who started in on us for not showing Jobs *enough* respect. I'm here to leave my opinion, which I have every right to do. My opinion: the guy's switching jobs, and he's only awesome at business, this isn't something to hold a celebration/funeral over. Much ado about nothing, frankly.

So when you call me and others hateful for this, how do you expect me to react? To apologize and slink off, and let everyone else bow down and worship the guy as if he just died? No! I'm going to tell you why you can knock off the judgmental bulls**t.

So knock off the judgmental bulls**t. Jobs has made his contributions, but this resignation is a nonevent.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 12:41 3

33. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

A nonevent? Probably the most popular CEO of a tech company had resigned and you're saying on a tech website it's a non event. You're obsessiveness with hating Apple is very strange.

And your comments about Steve not inventing everything. Well duh. Are there any CEO's that build and design their products from the ground up? Doesn't mean he isn't very smart when it comes to technology.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:49 3

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Of course you have every right to leave your opinion. But it doesn't always mean that you're nice or respectful or ethical. You do not know Jobs personally, but a lot of these writers and commentators that post articles about him have actually interacted with the guy one way or another. When was the last time you had a conversation with Steve, or was in a board meeting with him? Are you an authority of his character and intellectual capacity?

Well sorry sniggly. Jobs resignation is the talk of the town. It made the headlines. It affected the stockmarket. You're even here. So saying that his resignation is a non-event does not seem to jive with reality. But of course android fans have a different reality.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:05 2

37. hepresearch (unregistered)

Well, 530gemini, I am not going to go so far as to say that Jobs' resignation is a non-event, but after that first paragraph, I've gotta ask... when did you get to talk with Steve or be in a board meeting with him?

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:18 4

39. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

OK. This is what I hate about people who are so stuck up on iPhones and hate Android.They invent lies and a bunch of other crap. They are so stuck up. Maybe what you need to do is grow a pair and say the truth.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:46 2

10. Deluxe (unregistered)

Def not a fan of him or his patent trolling company, but i hate to see his health going down hill. Hears to hoping he get better.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:48

12. Deluxe (unregistered)


posted on 25 Aug 2011, 01:28 4

19. MrCreeves (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

I just wish that everyone could respect him for who he is and what he has done. Yeah his patent trolling is stupid but that doesn't change the fact that he is a visionary, and I do hate to see his health going down hill. But the most annoying thing about this site is all of the apple/android hate. I have owned both and they are both great phones in their respective ways. neither of them suck or are bad phones so everyone just needs to chill.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 01:35 3

20. AppleDroid42 (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)

I just wish that everyone could respect him for who he is and what he has done. Yeah his patent trolling is stupid but that doesn't change the fact that he is a visionary, and I do hate to see his health going down hill. But the most annoying thing about this site is all of the apple/android hate. I have owned both and they are both great phones in their respective ways. neither of them suck or are bad phones so everyone just needs to chill.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 01:48 5

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

What the f**k is this? Two posts, exact copies of each other, from two different profiles?

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:12

38. hepresearch (unregistered)

Double plagiarism!!!

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 02:28 1

22. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Apple under Jobs' leadership has changed the tech industry a number of times in its history. Regardless of whether you use Apple products or not, the tech product you are using has been influenced at some level by Apple and Jobs. The popularity of a number of Apple products has resulted in other manufacturers making similar products to compete with those Apple products. I doubt the Android phones would be so popular if the iPhone hadn't been so popular. I sure wouldn't have bought a touch screen smartphone if the iPhone hadn't piqued my interest. I also wouldn't have gotten a tablet if it weren't for the popularity of the iPad. Even though I did not purchase any of these Apple products, those products influenced me enought to purchase similar products from other manufacturers. Even though Jobs did not invent many of those products and technology, he is able to bring this technology to the main stream in a big way. That will be his legacy.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 02:30 1

23. Deathofrats (unregistered)

This is a frustrating day for technology. It's a great shame that Jobs has to step down exactly when Apple has the momentum and finance to do ANYTHING, however crazy it may seem. There's no doubt that Apple has some excellent people that can lead the company to success. After all, Jobs chose the people around him for sharing his visions. Still, there remains the shadow of doubt... that noone else will be bold enough to do such a thing as declare the optical drive obsolete.. or release a phone with a dreadful camera and no 3G just because he believes that people desperately need a new and different user experience. Jobs was never afraid to break rules and take risks. And that's how he came to make such great products. As they say, fortune favors the brave.
And make no mistake, it was above all Steve Jobs who made the iStuff come true. No matter how many brilliant engineers work at Apple, their work would mean nothing if it wasn't channelled in the right direction. If you trace back Apple's recent history to the early days of iTunes you'll see that every step they take is part of a brilliant strategy. And it was all designed by Steve Jobs. The man was born to be a dictator, like most great people are. And his reign has, in my opinion, really changed the world for the better. Ten years ago very few large companies took real care about consumer experience, product design and releasing products which main purpose is not to perform certain tasks, but to make you feel a little bit better. It may sound lame or even sad, but in the cold digital world of 2011 this is something most people really need. And the world without Steve Jobs would have been a bit worse place to live in. The next few years will show how good he has been at crafting his own company and his succession. I just hope he deals with his health issues, because I think he still has much to give and he's not ready to quit changing the world. A man like him never would be.
For the record and before you declare me a "fanboy" (oh, how I hate that word!) I would like to point out that for different reasons I still do not possess a single Apple device. But that doesn't in the least bit affect my sincere respect for Mr. Jobs and everything that he has done. You will be missed Steve, but as with some of your creations, people will probably take time realize that. Get well!

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 06:52

26. annawatson (unregistered)

Desperately wating for the new product.This is what is Apple famous for - creating products that other can't even think of.
laptop repair

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:18 1

27. ryq (unregistered)

nokia, samsung and google are very happy today!

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 09:18 2

30. Moo (unregistered)

This guy was a leech.

A good salesman yes but thats it.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 12:17 2

31. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

Toady there will be peace even tho i hate his his company he did do a lot of good things..i wont bash him but i will kill a sheep believe that

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 16:54

36. Corgan Bruce III Esquire (unregistered)

LOL @ the hate posts.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 22:27 1

41. Friednly Foe (unregistered)

I may hate Apple Macs and the iPhone but because of these products all the other companies had to step up their game. I use Windows at home but Macs at work. I love Windows, Macs do my head in. I was a user of an Android and now a proud user of a WP7. Two OS's influenced by Apple. If it wasnt for Steve's innovation we would all probably still have beige boxes and running something that looks like Win 98. Because if Mac OS Windows had to step up and bring us Win 7 and now the upcoming Win 8. Even their ads are amazing it makes me want to go out and buy an Apple product. The only Apple I own is my iPod touch, the best PMP hands down. Steve may not be the one in the labs creating and testing innovative products but he gave the leadership. Leadership is what makes companies like Apple succeed. Bill gates didn't create the Windows he did what Steve did with Mac and created a business plan around it. That takes leadership and innovation to keet it growing. So thanks Steve!!!!

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 01:52

43. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

These flame-wars are getting nonsensical. The man has just died. If someone wants to pay a tribute to a great man, let them. You don't have to be so mean. And yes, apple didn't invent whatever they made. But if LG an samsung didn't use those chips and instead gave it to them, you can't blame them. Apple did the right thing at the right time and created the right product.

Apple isn't the god of all companies and neither is android the god of all Os's. So you can quit fighting and give some respect to the man who "HELPED" change the scenario in almost every field of consumer technology.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 02:07 2

44. ravi5695 (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)

Jobs is just a "GOOD SALESMAN"....
Uuuuuuuummmmmm..... And a "GREEDY BUSSINESSMAN"...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 02:51 1

45. nick (unregistered)


posted on 06 Oct 2011, 02:53

46. nick (unregistered)

well he tried hahahahah

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 06:29

49. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)

doesn't matter what the man is gone

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:25 1

50. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

Apple Fanboy) Apples next new thing will be the iGhost. It's going to let you talk with the dead.

Everyone else) Umm...so it's a Wigi board?

Apple Fanboy) No it's not a wigi board it's the iGhost. This thing is way cooler. Wigi boards require to have hands this says it.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:30

51. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

Even though I respect all the Apple creations and all of Jobs visionary/leadership/market savvy, what I see is that Apple introduced OPTIONS, options that millions have follow but we have to see the things as they are. People didn' t STOP buying pcs, other smartphones, other tablets... they just now have options. Apple creations didn't eliminate the ones prior existent ( well, the iPod almost eliminated all other mp3s and if it weren't for iPods' s evolution having gaming/browsing.... I would dare to say it would have stop existing in the long run because the iPhones/smartphones do all that). It' s not like the LCDs tvs were created and we can see that the older SD tvs are almost nonexistent and LCDs/Plasmas/Oleds are now the standard for a tv.

We have to appreciate that we were given options by Apple. Devices different to what we had at that moment, and that even though some of it's specs existed prior on other devices it was Apple whom put them together and market them in a way appealing to millions.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 08:55

52. rcd (unregistered)

I think that jobs is another genius along with all others that have existed. we shuold not judge whether he was good or not. We shuold see him as a human have contributed to the world's technology.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:01

53. xxverbaIxx (unregistered)

Steve Jobs his dead and people are insane. Newsflash: Steve Jobs was a ruthless businessman and a snob. He didn't do "great" things. He helped develop and market products that were shiny toys. Yes, its sad he died, but its also sad the THOUSANDS ON THOUSANDS of other people died yesterday all over the world. A lot of them died younger, with more tragedy, with bigger families, and with less money to PAY themselves up the transplant list. It's the equivalent of the guy who plays ronald mcdonald dying. This was not a politician or a selfless man, put away your tissues and move on. Your emotions on this are embarrassing to the human race.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:20

56. bobnnate (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

although i cannot stand apple as a company, steve jobs was truly 1 of a kind. incredible businessman and marketer. apple will never be the same

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:55

58. ALDRIN (unregistered)

He is a legacy. He left a remarkable technology that will help us to have some ease. He is a real genius because he maintained to uplift and create a very innovative technology. Goodbye Steve, thanks for the gift of new technology

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