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iSteve: the legacy of Steve Jobs in products

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iSteve: the legacy of Steve Jobs in products
Steve Jobs has passed away, but his legacy remains in his products, impersonating the vision and ideas of one of the greatest tech innovators of our time. Some will remember him for the incredibly thin MacBook Air introduced in 2008, some will relate to him when they look at their iPods, some will cherish the unique experience of a tablet with the iPad, but we at, PhoneArena, will most certainly never forget the iPhone.

It’s the device that changed the industry from the ground up putting a truly usable personal computer in your pocket for the first time. Unveiled back in 2007, it was ignored by the industry’s big at the time, including Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson among others. A mistake which cost them market share, job cuts and shook their very foundations.

There are many people behind those products: Jonathan Ive is probably the most important figure with his Dieter Rams inspired minimalistic designs, but so is Phil Schiller with his marketing pitch, and Scott Forstall pushing iOS software. There are many more faces that we don’t see behind an Apple product, but there has always been one to unite them - Steve Jobs.

iMac, 1998
After getting back to Apple in 1997, Jobs looked for a product. He was quick to bring his experience from NeXT Computers, the company he headed beforehand, but he also listened to ideas and ideas came from Jonathan Ive. The result was the iMac. A computer which stuns us with its unique, “unashamadly plastic,” translucent body and a mind boggling handle even today, in an era of everything getting thinner. 

iPod, 2001
Even that handle on the iMac back in 1998 signaled something about Apple’s ambition towards mobile. The iMac could be carried around, but Steve Jobs realized that at the time most people wanted to have their music with them, not the whole computer. The iPod changed this from the ground up and you can see look back in the time to see how it stacked up against the rest of CD and Flash-based players.

Mac mini, 2005
As the iPod was getting better, the PC industry was marching forward increasing clock speeds and working on adding more cores. With plenty of manufacturers making Windows computers, diversity was flourishing in Windows land, but for Mac users, the choice was limited to expensive devices only. That’s when the Mac mini, another bet for portability was introduced by Steve Jobs. You could clearly see the trend by now - design was put in the front at Apple, right along with performance.

MacBook Pro, 2006
The MacBook Pro succeeded and replaced the PowerBook and was one of the key models in Apple’s switch to Intel x86 processors from PowerPC chips. The Pro had a similar design to the Powerbook, but introduced one of the smartest power plugs, the magnetic MagSafe which would safely disconnect when you trip over the cable.

iPhone, 2007
The first iPhone was Apple’s biggest moment bringing together its software and hardware insights into a single product. After a disappointing partnership with Motorola over the Rokr iTunes phone, Steve Jobs put his bets on Apple alone for making the phone, even though the company had no experience in the phone industry. Jobs was the key dreamer behind the multitouch display on a phone, a device that - we’d dare say - changed the course of computing.

MacBook Air, 2008
Then came the MacBook Air, thinner than the thinnest notebook on the market. Apple’s captain himself had a hard time figuring out how the engineers and designers managed to put a Mac inside such a thin body.

iPad, 2010
Finally, the iPad arrived. Later, it was revealed that a multitouch tablet was probably an idea preceding the iPhone, but Jobs could only make it a reality in 2010. While the iPhone put another personal computer in our pockets, the iPad touched on the future of the personal computer altogether. It ushered us into Apple’s dream “post-PC world,” in which we’re already living now.

What's next?
We can’t imagine a workaholic like Jobs not working on something until his very last days, and we expect it to show in the coming years. Be it the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 or whatever comes next. Sadly, that’s where iSteve left us. On the entrance of that “post-PC” world of possibilities, passing the baton of innovation to us and urging us to look forward, “to stay hungry, stay foolish.”

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posted on 06 Oct 2011, 05:22 6

1. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

I don't quite agree with the "post-PC era in which we're already living now" statement right there. Other than that, it's a great article. Kudos for the man who changed the world. RIP Steve.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 06:35 5

2. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

RIP Steve... he used to use the same clothe in every single event...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 06:56 7

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

Steve touched the life of so many people.... He is up there with the likes of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. What a loss. RIP

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:28 5

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

So his legacy is over priced things that were already out and put i with it.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:40 4

5. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

so cold of you

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:58 2

18. pyrothrax (unregistered)

obviously this guy is more into the "i" than to us...... go back to grade school and learn GMRC (Good Manners And Right Conduct). RIP Steve

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 19:53

36. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

Not a big fan of apple or the i anything but Steve was a great business man and i must say that i am glad he is gone on. (keep reading) he has been fighting a loosing battle for a longtime and i have watched friends and family dieing it is a long and painful way to go. may God bless him and his loved ones, unfortunately the i will live on so i guess we are stuck with that.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:49 3

6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

I will remember Steve for the true visionary that he was and his accomplishments that led the revolution in both smart phone and PC worlds! He was a charismatic man who was a pleasure to watch on the stage.

My thoughts and praiers go out to his family and friends.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:54 1

7. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Miss you steve!!

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:54 2

8. rajau (unregistered)

He did great works for many years, God bless his soul.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 07:58 3

9. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

RIP, Steve Jobs, your legacy will always live.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:51 2

15. 3D (unregistered)

Since he patented the shape of mobile devices, Apple will continue his legacy to take down any companies that is a major competitor to Apple.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 08:19 7

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

R.I.P. Steve Jobs, I know I don't like Apple's business practices, but the man was a genius. His idea's shaped the world we live in right now. Mobile is different because of him, granted tech always moves toward mobile, but he helped push ideas that made mobile a house hold name. Smartphones have been around forever, but he made them mainstream, not a nitch market or for just business. The man gave a lot to this world & I RESPECT him to the fullest.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 08:29 2

11. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

we need more people like him

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 08:59 6

12. 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, 09:09 1

14. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

An iconi man has died. A man that almost everyone has heard of. Show some respect.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:01 1

19. pyrothrax (unregistered)

Your an embarrasment if you cant show a little decent respect for even one person.. Sure a lot of people died on this day... sure they may not have a name or statur such as Steve had... but still this article is for thos e who know and knew him... so if your reading this show some respect... or go back to school and learn GMRC.... I bet you flunked that....

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 21:32 1

23. unbelievable.. (unregistered)

You sir, are a disgrace. At least show some respect or don't post at all.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:53 1

16. jacko (unregistered)

tbh im sick of hearing it his dead no need to post 100 things over over and over again god

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:25 2

17. Really? (unregistered)

What is wrong with you guys? Since when is developing and marketing "shiny toys" that revolutionize the way humans go through their daily routines and help promote competition by bringing out Android and other operating systems NOT great? He essentially started the smart phone war when he introduced the iphone. Whoever thinks different is an arogant f tard who clearly is biased towards one opinion and cannot show compassion / credit where credit is due and thats why you all will only make minimum wage instead of doing great things yourself.

He wS no Apollo, but what he did for the technical world is femarkable.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 14:00 1

20. Really????????? (unregistered)

yes im sad hes dead but remove your blinders because im pretty sure RIM, Nokia, and Palm would have something to say about steve jobs creating a "smartphone war"...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 20:04 1

21. xfgbdf (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)

Steve Jobs was a man that I never personally knew and sadly, I will never meet. I have trouble explaining the emotional impact of his death on me personally. I'm just one of millions of over obsessed Apple fanboys, but he really did mean something to me. I'm young and he has really been a great role model for me, despite whatever personal problems he had. How many people can get fired from a company they started and then still have it in them to come back and make it the company it is today. He isn't my role model because he is rich or influential, but because he could create these products that have had such a huge impact and ones that people can really appreciate.
He has also been a major part of the relationship between my father and I. Both of us are tech geeks and when I'm away from him for periods of time (with my mom) we always make sure to send each other articles (usually from Engadget) about the latest gadgets or Apple products. He used to be a hardcore PC user, stating that "Macs are for kids and people who can't use computers." That all changed when I brought the first Apple product into our house, the iPod. Today, he has an iPod, an iPad, a Macbook Air, and wears an Apple shirt to work every day. The day that Steve Jobs resigned, we sat together reader his letter in silence. We couldn't find any words for it...we couldn't explain why it was such a big deal to us, but it was. Last night, my dad walked into my room looking very solemn and serious. I could tell something was wrong immediately and all he said to me before he walked away were three words, "Jobs is dead." He frowned and looked right at me and I began to cry. That's all he needed to say, we knew what it meant for us, Apple, and for the world. His death is a huge loss for everyone, whether they know it or not, whether they care or not.

I'm not sure why I felt compelled to write this, but the best thing I can think of is that his death is something that we all share in common, something personal. Call me stupid or over emotional or a fanboy all you want. This isn't about me, it's about Jobs. I want to respect him and I ask that you respect him too. My condolences to Steve's family and friends, and I wish the best Tim Cook and Apple in the coming years.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:30

37. coolass (unregistered)

ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!?!? people get so caught up with these products and theyre emotions get crossed. This is exactly what these secret societies want. they want you to be looking the other way while they plot on takin over everything, what do we do whenever we purchase something apple???? not only do we make them more powerful but we spend less time with what we really need which is not ipads, ipods, iphones, mackbooks, you get more far and far from knowing your inner you, not what you think but what you can be capaple of, i bet you anything steve jobs never had the time to play w- his ipad why¡????? its ot that he didnt need it he basically used it as a tool to get YOUR MONEY, YOUR ENERGY AND YOUR TIME.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 00:20

26. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

I am very sad he died. I hope Tim can carry on the legacy and originality of steve jobs. He was innovative and brilliant. R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 00:51

27. Jjee (unregistered)

Don’t be sad about steves death, he is in first class apartment in Heaven and planning to do something even bigger.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 05:14

33. Anrobot (unregistered)

As this Steve Jobs pass away, it's the time for the Google Android to be no one. Hope there is no other mobile company sue other mobile company after his gone. Come on Android boys don't be so sympetatic for this guy. I know he has brought a world technology for mobile but look what he done to Android example Samsung Galaxy Tab???????? He just one to create a Monopoly on Mobile device, MP3 and MP4 player. It's their (Apple) revenge since 2004 after a lot of mobile cell phone that has MP3 player where most of them can beat the Ipod., then Apple try to find the solutions by creating the Smart Phone to beat ( to make a revenge) all the device by thinking for a few years for finding solutions (IOS). Thank Google just need less than Apple to find the Android OS. So it's time for Android to over take Apple.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 12:44

34. googleccd (unregistered)

Whats next? He dies.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 16:31

38. Luci (unregistered)

I did have Apple products in the past, and i loved them. The only product i did not see a point is the Iphone, after the aperance of Android on the market. That is not important!!! Stop the fight for a moment, between Apple and Samsung. Stop and look around, Probably the sharpest mind in the tech world has just left us, a person to who we owe a lot of respect for what he did, what he has shown us over the years. I use a Samsung phone with android, but that does not make me blind, i can see what a gread men was Steve Jobs. I had, i have and i will probably always admire the kind of man that he was. I still can't quite belive that he is gone, i want to see him up on that stage and i want him to show us the Iphone 5. As a close friend of mine said after the last Apple presentation of the Iphone 4S, Without Steve Jobs, Apple are just changeing letters and not numbers (as a hint to the S after the 4). You will be missed Steve Jobs, by everyone!!! I can only hope that when it will be my time, i will have the privilege of seeing him again.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 16:46

39. Luci (unregistered)

A lot of respect from me!!! I just wish condolences to his family and close friends, for they have lost a big part of their world, as we all do when faced with tragic loss of a loved one.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 02:57 1

40. hammad (unregistered)

for america there were steve Jobs ,steve Cash,steve Hopes. Now they realise that they have no job, no cash, no hope

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