How Steve Jobs left his mark on technology

How Steve Jobs left his mark on technology
With the sad news that Steve Jobs has passed away, we'd like to bring you our article about how the tech leader left his mark on technology once again...

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started selling the Apple Computer, originally from a garage. By the next year,with the release of the Apple II, Apple had made its mark on the computing world. By 1984, Apple stepped things up a notch with the release of the Macintosh. Who could forget the commercial 1984 which debuted during that year's Super Bowl game? Even though other companies developed the graphical interface and the mouse, it was Apple that brought them together successfully in a commercially viable product.

After Jobs left Apple in 1985 in a Coup de tat, he joined software company Next which developed the software that later became OS X and the mobile operating system that became iOS. And while not heavily publicized, Steve Jobs is actually the largest shareholder of Disney thanks to his term as Chairman and CEO of the motion picture animation company Pixar. If you don't think that Pixar changed the way animation is done in Hollywood, then you haven't been to see too many cartoons on the giant screen lately

When Next was purchased by Apple, it gave Steve Jobs an entry back inside Apple, which was dangerously close to going under at the time. It was 1997 and Jobs helped the company turn out the iMac, a unique egg-shaped computer with a translucent, colored case covering the monitor. It was a huge hit and Apple was out of ICU. The Apple iMac G4 put all of the guts of the computer in a single base with the monitor attached via a metal, swinging arm. It too was a big hit.

The next area that Steve Jobs helped change was the portable MP3 player. On November 10, 2001 Apple launched the Apple iPod. The amazing success of the iPod gave Jobs the confidence to go after the next piece of technology on his list-cell phones. On January 9, 2007, after nearly 2 years of rumors, Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone which was launched June 29, 2007. Yes, there were some mistakes made such as the lack of 3G connectivity, no MMS and other little flaws. But from the moment that the Apple iPhone was released, the smartphone was never the same. And of course, it was Jobs who introduced the Apple iPhone 3G, the 3GS and the current Apple iPhone 4. His name has  become practically synonymous with the iPhone. Today's touchscreen smartphone, with a YouTube app, super-responsive screen and of course, an online app store, can all be traced back to Apple.

You would think that having changed the home computer, movie animation, mobile operating systems and the smartphone would have been enough for anyone. But Jobs changed the laptop industry with the introduction in April 2010 of the Apple iPad tablet. 3 million units were sold in the first 80 days and just as with the iPhone, other companies started producing their own tablets using the Apple tablet as a template. In March 2011, the Apple iPad 2 was released leaving Apple with a stranglehold in the tablet arena.

And regardless on where you stand on Apple the company, Steve Jobs the individual is responsible for the designs and features of many of the products that we all use today whether they are made by Apple or a competitor. And for that we say, Thanks Steve.

source: AllThingsD



1. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 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!!!

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

25. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

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

34. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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?????

57. johnfranckiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

2. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009


3. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I wish him the best.

4. wolfordtw

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

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

5. finally unregistered

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

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

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.

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

BTW, 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.

47. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

48. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

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.

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

15. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

33. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

35. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

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?

39. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

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.

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