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Steve Jobs tells IBM "We're number one" in 30 year old picture

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Earlier on Friday, we told you that Apple was working on a prototype for a touchscreen phone as early as 1983. Also in 1983, Newsweek was ready to do a cover story on Apple's game-changing MacIntosh computer. In December, Steve Jobs and Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Mac team, flew to the Big Apple (although today it is unsure which Apple is bigger) to meet with Newsweek. The magazine was doing a cover story on the Mac for a January edition.


Steve Jobs tells IBM that Apple is #1

Steve Jobs tells IBM that Apple is #1

During a trek around Manhattan, Jobs and crew found themselves outside an office building that displayed the IBM logo. Displaying the rebel in him that would remain part of his personality until the end, the future billionaire posed for the picture that was snapped by Jean Pigozzi, described by Hertzfeld as being a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with Jobs and Hertzfeld at the time. The latter ended up with the picture which he posted on his Google+ page (Irony alert! Irony Alert!) on Thursday as a memoriam to the late co-founder of Apple.

There actually is a little more to the story. Hertzfeld wrote a book in 2004 called Revolution in The Valley and his editor wanted the picture included in the book. Hertzfeld said he was to timid to seek permission from Jobs. Additionally, he notes that Apple was still buying processors from Big Blue for the Mac line.

While Steve Jobs is now gone, consider the amazing changes that have happened in the tech world since that picture was taken. IBM was the big global tech giant whose market cap dwarfed the value of Apple at that time by many times over. Now, Apple is one of the most valuable companies on the planet, worth much more than IBM. What will happen in the next 30 years?

source: AndyHerzfeld via AppleInsider

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posted on 30 Dec 2011, 14:35 13

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


hmmm I actually see that IBM is number one... he just using the bigger finger.... lol

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 14:48 6

2. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


lol. I love Jobs for this one

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 14:50 18

3. elliotsilva (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


by the bad quality of the photo seems to be taken with iphone 1st gen:P

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 17:09 1

9. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Dumbas*

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 20:38

26. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Truth hurts

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 15:52 5

5. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


He kind of looks like Tom cruise.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 22:01 1

18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


More like Demetri Martin.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 16:24 9

6. buggerrer (Posts: 285; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


whatever Microsoft, Google, and Apple do, they can't beat IBM
not for a long time!

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 16:28 6

7. matt1q2aw3 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


Very sophomoric Jobs.... and PA too.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 18:06 9

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6249; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Such an ass hole back then

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 22:02 7

19. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Back then?!

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 16:59 2

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6249; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Ok always an asshole

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 18:26 10

12. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


That's the same gesture he made to the mother of his child when she asked for child support.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 18:35 9

13. Magnu5 (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Good Riddance. That was the most selfish, money driven man ever.

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 20:07 1

16. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


IBM stock used to be where APPLE stock is now - where is my TIME MACHINE?

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 21:15 6

17. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 301; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


steve jobs... was never attractive.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 01:10

20. dunyfunny (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)


ibm laptops( thinkpads by lenovo) still are one of the bests but ugly design.
only difference between both is BETTER DESIGN BY APPLE!

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 01:12 1

21. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


IBM is much better...

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 08:57 6

22. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


unfortunately what Steve Jobs did was create a cult.

to those who actually know anything about computers knows that Apple is a proprietary piece of junk.

Have fun with your airport, your "nophone", and over priced computers. I give you props for your video editing capability, but your product is simply....junk

I dont wish death or pain upon any man and will be missed even tho I hate your products.

Making something easy doesnt make it a good product. Secondly, dont bite the hand that fed you Steve Jobs ;)

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 11:14

23. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Love my apple products.

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 20:25 2

25. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Dont you mean Copy Apple products

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 09:04

27. live7373 (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


He looks like such a nice guy

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 14:53 1

29. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Interesting, go to Yahoo finance and do a stock chart performance comparison for the last year... IBM beat Apple still.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=1y&s=AAPL&l=on&z=l&q=l&c=ibm

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