You’ve undoubtedly already heard the big news of last week — the world has lost Steve Jobs, the computer visionary who drove, directly and indirectly, much of existance and progress of the personal computer industry. Steve Jobs died at the age of 59, after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
For most of the history of Apple, Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc. and founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs led the company through its development and introduction of the popularization of technology is many forms — Apple 2 computers, Mac’s, iPods, iPhones, iPads, and more.
In the Apple world, you could just mention the name Steve, and everyone knows who you meant.
What made Steve Job’s Apple so special? To me, it was the drive to make the technology so intuitively obvious.
Apple took the concept of digitized music and created the iPod, which took over the portable music market. They took the concept of a mobile phone and created the iPhone, a smartphone that required little in the way of documentation or instruction, and became the most-desired smartphone.
Along the way, Apple also created some other devices that were not so successful. The successor to the original Mac was the Lisa. The main success of the Lisa was that it was almost required in order to program the Mac.
Whether Steve Jobs’ success was based on his vision, his marketing ability, or his charisma, most of us will neve know. But, we do have the fruits of his vision, his marketing ability and his charisma.
Apple Computer grew from its startup in a garage to the one of the largest companies in the U.S.A. (based on market capitalization).
As Steve Jobs leaves us, Apple continues to introduce innovative new products and improvements to its existing product lines. The Apple iPhone 4S was announced, but not released, shortly before Steve’s demise.
Those of us who appreciate the improvements in the electronics world that have been caused by Apple’s actions, its products, and its competition with the PC world, know that we will miss Steve Jobs.
The iPhone 4S has now been released with overwhelmingly positive sales. Initial reporter comments were full of disappointment versus their expectations (Apple didn’t pre-announce or confirm anything of the coming features), so the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5 was a disappointment.
However, the consumer market has gone wild. Whether it’s the iPhone 3GS users (like me) upgrading or the Apple fans making an upgrade in honor of “Steve” – the iPhone 4S has had a phenomenal opening weekend.