Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs
A Tribute to Apple’s ‘visionary’ Steve Jobs
The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones looks back on the life and achievements of Steve Jobs
Despite his wealth and corporate success, Steve Jobs always managed to retain the air of a Silicon Valley buccaneer.
His abrasive style meant he was often difficult to work with but his eye for a desirable product made Apple one of the planet’s most recognised brands.
Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on 24 Feb 1955, the son of two unmarried university students, Joanne Schieble and Syrian born Abdulfattah Jandali.
His parents gave him up for adoption and he was taken in by a working class Californian couple Paul & Clara Jobs.
Months after his adoption, his biological parents married and had a daughter, Mona, who did not learn of her brother’s existence until she was an adult.
He was brought up in his adoptive parent’s home in Silicon Valley, the hub of the US electronics industry.
While attending a local high school the young Jobs was offered a summer job at the Hewlett Packard plant in Palo Alto where he found himself working alongside a fellow student named Steve Wozniak.
He dropped out of college after one term and went to work for the video game manufacturer Atari with the idea of raising enough money to travel to India.
The Apple 1 kick started the PC revolution
Jobs returned from his trek around the sub continent with a shaven head, wearing Indian robes and having experienced the effects of LSD; he was to remain a Buddhist and vegetarian throughout his life.
He went back to work at Atari and joined a local computer club with his friend Steve Wozniak who was designing and building his own computer.
In 1976 Jobs pre-sold 50 of Wozniak’s machines to a local computer store and, armed with a copy of the order, successfully persuaded an electronics distributor to let him have the components on credit.
He managed to launch the machine, called the Apple 1, without having borrowed any money or given up a share of the business to anyone else.
Although this was not Apple’s first home computer, the Apple II was the company’s breakthrough product. Its MOS 6502 processor ran at 1MHZ and was supported by a maximum 48K RAM. Original retail price: $1298 (£780).
At a time when PCs were using text-based command line interfaces, Apple pioneered the use of moveable windows. The Macintosh’s single integrated processor and monitor design is still used in the iMac line of computers.
Produced during Steve Jobs’ period of absence from the company. The Newton organiser is now recognised as having paved the way for the iPhone. Slightly ahead of its time, the Newton was not hugely popular.
Steve Jobs marked his return to Apple with the iMac line of computers. Remembered more for their radical looks than technical specs, the iMac’s multi-coloured shells were created by British designer Jonathan Ive.
MP3 players had been around for a couple of years. Apple simply refined their design with a compact, elegant and now iconic while package. The first model only had a 5GB hard drive – enough for 1,000 songs, according to Apple.
Apple’s entry into the mobile market had been long anticipated. Again, the company took existing technologies – such as the touch screen – refined them and added a touch of design flair. It sent shockwaves through the industry, still being felt today.
Steve Jobs revealed that development on the iPad started before work on the iPhone. It sparked a deluge of tablet products from almost every computer and mobile maker. But the iPad remains the top seller with around 60% market share.
Ousted from Apple
He named the company after his favourite fruit which, either by chance or design ensured it appeared in phone book listings ahead of rival Atari.
The profit from the first Apple was ploughed back into an improved version, the Apple II, which appeared at a Californian computer fair in 1977.
Development of the new machine was expensive and Jobs persuaded Mike Markkula, a local investor, to guarantee a $250,000 loan and, together with Wozniak, the three formed the company Apple Computer.
The Apple II, unlike many other computers of the time, came complete and worked straight out of the box rather than the purchaser having to assemble the various parts.
The new model became an instant success, kick starting the personal computer boom, achieving sales in excess of six million before production ended in 1993.
Budding entrepreneurs Steve Wozniak (l) and Steve Jobs
But there were concerns at Apple about Jobs’ lack of management experience and professional executives were hired to run the company.
One Apple board member claimed Jobs was “uncontrollable.” “He got ideas in his head, and being a founder of the company, he went off and did them regardless of whether it ended up being good for the company.”
Jobs introduced the Macintosh in 1984 to wild acclaim, but behind the hyped up launch there were financial problems at Apple.
A downturn in sales, and a growing resentment at what many employees saw as Jobs’ autocratic style, resulted in an internal power struggle and he was ousted from the company.
By this time he had other irons in the fire. He founded NeXT Computer in 1985 and a year later bought Graphics Group from the Star Wars director, George Lucas.
The company, which Jobs renamed Pixar, produced extremely expensive computer animation hardware which was used by a number of film makers, including Disney.
Jobs switched the emphasis away from computer manufacturing and began producing computer animated feature films.
The breakthrough came in 1995 with the film Toy Story, which went on to gross more than $350 million worldwide, and was followed by other successes including A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc.
Ever the showman at new product launches
A year later, Apple paid more than $400 million for NeXT computer and Jobs was back with the company he founded, wasting no time in removing Apple’s then, Chief Executive Officer.
Jobs tackled Apple’s poor profitability by dropping some fringe projects and moving the company into the burgeoning consumer electronics market.
The iPod, launched in 2001 satisfied the demand for music on the move and immediately became a style icon with its sleek design and distinctive white ear phones.
To drive his new machine Jobs also launched iTunes, allowing customers to download music from the internet and create their own play lists.
In 2003 Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, rejecting the idea of surgery, set about finding alternative therapy, including a special diet.
He finally underwent surgery in 2004 having kept his illness secret from all but a small handful of Apple insiders.
The launch of the iPhone
In 2005 Disney paid $7 billion worth of stock to buy Pixar from Jobs who, as a result, became the Walt Disney Company’s biggest shareholder.
Two years later, at yet another much hyped launch, Jobs introduced the iPhone to a legion of customers, many of whom had queued for hours at their local Apple store.
In 2008 the ultra thin Macbook Air was launched with Jobs doing his usual stage presentation dressed in his habitual black turtle neck jumper and faded jeans.
His thin and somewhat gaunt appearance fuelled speculation that his illness had returned and it was announced, in early 2009, that he was taking a six month break to cope with what was described as a “hormonal imbalance.”
In April of that year he underwent a liver transplant, with his doctors announcing that the prognosis was “excellent.”
However, in Jan 2011, Apple announced that Jobs would taking a leave of absence for health reasons.
Unlike his contemporary, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Steve Jobs showed little inclination to use his personal wealth for philanthropic purposes.
And, strangely for a self-professed Buddhist, he did not embrace environmental concerns, with Apple coming under fire from Greenpeace for its reluctance to produce easily recyclable products.
Steve Jobs was a one off; a man who had total belief in his own abilities and a shortage of patience for anyone who failed to agree with him.
His great gifts were an ability to second guess the market and an eye for well designed and innovative products that everyone would buy.
“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them,” he once said. “By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
Quotes by Steve Jobs
‘‘ Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’’ – Steve Job …
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
~ Steve Jobs
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs‘
“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
– Steve Jobs‘
Stay hungry, stay foolish.
– Steve Jobs
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.’’
I wish phone technology will take a moment before bringing a new “better” version. I am just getting used to using my iPhone 4S. I am not savvy with all the applications and yet here comes a better, slightly bigger version. 🙁
Anyway how different would the iPhone 5 from iPhone 4S?
iPhone 5 – The History
iPhone 5 launched: Apple redesigns its hit smartphone By Jonathan Weinberg | Yahoo! News – 13 hours ago
Apple today introduced the iPhone 5, a complete redesign of its hit smartphone. Apple claims the phone is the world’s thinnest smartphone – a mere 7.6mm thick.
The phone has a larger four inch screen, and the aluminium handset is taller and thinner than previous models. The new phone will be released on September 21, and available to pre-order from Friday. It will be the same price as the current iPhone 4S.
Apple confirmed it will also ditch the 30pin connector used to charge the phone or dock it. The new all-digital connector is called Lightning.
Users will have to buy a special adaptor to connect current accessories such as docks.
The phone was introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook in a special event in San Francisco.
The iPhone 5 – made entirely of glass and aluminium – is the same width but slightly taller.
It allows an extra row of apps on the Home screen, with other software like Safari web browsing taking advantage of the extra room.
Older apps yet to take advantage of the bigger screen are centred on the screen with black bars at either end to take up the remaining space.
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, speaks during Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5 media …
The iPhone 5 also has LTE technology for surfing the web at 4G speeds.
Apple confirmed it will work with the UK’s first 4G network, due to be launched this year by EE.
The iPhone 5 camera remains eight megapixel in quality but Apple has made enhancements to the lens in order to improve the overall appearance of snaps, especially in low light conditions.
The camera also allows for panoramic photos to be created by sweeping the handset from left to right. The iPhone will also tell you if you’re moving it too fast to capture the best image.
The iPhone 5’s A6 processor is twice as fast as the previous chip with twice the graphics performance.
Apple also launched a redesigned iTunes store and new iPods. The 7th generation iPod nano now has a bigger screen at 2.5 inches and is just 5.4mm thin – 40% thinner than what’s come before.
The nano also has widescreen video, a pedometer and an FM radio with live pause. There will also be Bluetooth for the first time to allow wireless streaming to headphones and speakers.
The iPod touch is now just 6mm thin and weighs only 88 grams. It will also sport the same four inch Retina display as the iPhone 5. It will have the A5 processor found in the previous iPhone models. Phone retailers predict that the new iPhone handset will be a smash hit.
Andrew Harrison, Carphone Warehouse CEO said: “We know that huge numbers of customers have held back from upgrading their smartphones in anticipation of Apple’s big reveal. Indeed, we estimate that up to 15% of mobile phone users in the UK will upgrade to a smartphone in the next 3 months and we predict that more consumers than any other handset launched this year will purchase the iPhone 5.” Phil Schiller said: “The hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is the most challenging that has ever gone on. What they’ve accomplished is just amazing.”
He added: “The challenge is to make it better and smaller.” Apple announced tonight it had now sold more than 400 million iOS devices around the world.
The new iOS 6 operating software will be available to download from September 19 for existing devices including the new iPad and the latest iPod touch. iOS 6 will also ditch Google’s mapping service for Apple’s own version, as rivalry between the two companies heats up.
The new phone will instead use 3D mapping provided by TomTom.
Google makes the Android software which powers iPhone’s most bitter rivals including Samsung’s Galaxy phones. The company’s YouTube application will also no longer be offered as a built-in app on Apple The phone runs the new version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 6, which has built Facebook more closely into the operating system, so that users can upload photos directly from the camera app.
New tricks with Apple’s voice-control software Siri include being able to post a Facebook status straight to your wall using your voice. The launch is a key test for Apple’s smartphone, which is under increasing pressure from rivals such as Google’s Android operating system is now the world’s most popular, and Samsung is the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer. In advance of the launch, Apple shares have risen 15% in the past six weeks, hitting an all-time high on Monday. Analysts J P Morgan believe that the handset will sell eight million units in the fourth quarter of the year – and offer a significant boost to the whole U.S economy. J.P. Morgan’s chief economist, Michael Feroli wrote in a note to clients that the launch could boost the whole U.S economy by up to half a percentage point. ‘Calculated using the so-called retail control method, sales of iPhone 5 could boost annualized GDP growth by $3.2 billion, or $12.8 billion at an annual rate,’ wrote Feroli.
Anticipation has been huge for the new handset, with one in 1000 of all web searches in the past week for ‘iPhone 5’, according to analysts Experian Hitwise. Analyst Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw claimed last year that the new iPhone ‘was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design.’
The new handset is actually the sixth iPhone model (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S).
The cult smartphones have sold 250 million units since Apple introduced the product in 2007, according to analysts Strategy Analytics.