Saturday, October 08, 2011

Steve Jobs: Loss of a Genius

It's been a few days since the passing of Apple's former CEO and founder Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs. Seven years after diagnosed, he succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Why is the world mourning over his loss? Find out why after the jump. Steve Jobs alongside Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple in 1976. Since then, Apple became the forefront in computer sales with its technologically advanced machines . But it all slowed down as Bill Gates and his Microsoft overwhelmed Apple's sales. Later on jobs was fired from Apple (the company he had co-founded) and started a new company which is NeXT Computer in 1985. NeXT Computer was the computer used by Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the world wide web in his first ever server. To this point, Jobs made a very big contribution, directly or indirectly, to the modern life we had today. NeXT was acquired by Apple Inc. in 1997 and Jobs returned to the company he had co-founded. WebObjects, a technology of NeXT was used to build and run the Apple Store, MobileMe services, and the iTunes Store. The company subsequently branched out, introducing and improving upon other digital appliances. With the introduction of the iPod portable music player, iTunes digital music software, and the iTunes Store, the company made forays into consumer electronics and music distribution. On June 29, 2007, Apple entered the cellular phone business with the introduction of the iPhone, a multi-touch display cell phone, which also included the features of an iPod and, with its own mobile browser, revolutionized the mobile browsing scene. While stimulating innovation, Jobs also reminded his employees that "real artists ship",by which he meant that delivering working products on time is as important as innovation and attractive design. In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but remained at the company as chairman of the company's board due to his poor health. Jobs died at his home on October 5, 2011. His death was announced by Apple in a statement which read:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Also since October 5, 2011, Apple's corporate website greeted visitors with a simple page showing Jobs' name and lifespan next to his grayscale portrait. Clicking on Jobs' image led to an obituary that read
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Because of his genius, Steve Jobs and his Apple Inc. set a standard in technological advancement and design. Whether we admit it or not, other companies adjusted to Apple's innovations and not the other way around.

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