Steve Jobs & Apple: Top 10 gadgets and creations
8 Oct 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
5 October 2011. The Earth has lost one of its most important human beings in the technology field. And not only talking about the current times we live in, but also including the whole technological history of the planet. Steve Jobs has departed, leaving a great legacy. But not only a technological legacy, but an inspiring legacy of tenacity for all the entrepreneurs of the world who are pursuing their dreams.
This is a list of the 10 most important Apple creations under the direction of Steve Jobs through the years.
1- Apple I computer
The Apple I was the first Apple product and was developed before the official incorporation of the company. It was launched in July 1976 (6 months before the legal inception of Apple Inc.) with a price of $666.66. Around 200 units of this model were produced. It was designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak who had met each other five years earlier. With a look resembling a typewriter and a TV as screen, that was the beginning of Steve Jobs’ technological legacy. And Apple.
2- Apple II Computer
With the money earned from selling the first and now rudimentary Apple I, the duo formed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started to design a product that will become one of the first microcomputers massively produced in the history. And less than a year after the launch of the Apple I, and 6 months after the incorporation of the company, the Apple II appeared.
3- Apple LISA computer
This product was launched in 1983 and became a tipping point in the IT world. For the first time, people started to use the words “desktop”, “icon”, and “mouse” to talk about things related to the computer; a GUI (Graphical User Interface) was introduced here and eventually replaced the text-based interfaces (Microsoft copied the concept later). The problem with this computer was its elevated price: $9,995 per unit.
LISA is the acronym for Locally Integrated Software Architecture, but it is also the name of Steve Jobs’ first daughter.
In the video above, you can see a collection of this type of computers belonging to Rudolf Brandstötter, an Austrian computers collector.
4- Macintosh Personal Computer
With the ambition of creating an affordable computer for the average consumer, Apple launched its first personal computer under Steve Jobs’ direction in 1984. Here the innovation was mainly based on an impressive graphical interface that attracted the attention of the world. However, that was also a weakness since, at that time, most programs were developed to run under text-based operating systems (such as MS-DOS) and, for that reason, there was a software deficit for these machines. The Macintosh Personal Computer was also remarkable in another way: An attractive advertising campaign including the famous “1984” commercial (see below). After this launch, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 due to internal problems in the company and power battles.
5- iMac computers
In 1996, Steve Jobs came back to the company after the acquisition of NeXT by Apple (NeXT was a company founded by Steve Jobs). The first products of this “new age” leaded by Steve Jobs was the line of iMac computers (launched in 1998). It was a line with a drastic design change when compared to the former Apple computers at that time. This way, a new stage was started with products more focused on online experiences through Internet. In fact, the famous “i” of some Apple products means Internet.
6. iPod media player
As the new century arrived, many things began to change and the desktop personal computer started to lose its status as the central point for exchanging and store data… and, in November 10 2001, the iPod was launched, taking advantage of the transformation in the music industry and the boom of some digital formats such as the MP3 files. Definitely, another technological revolution was initiated to replace the antiquated Walkmans and Discmans.
7. iTunes Stores
And while the music industry was complaining about its uncertain future, Apple under Steve Jobs’ leadership caught sight of a big opportunity in the rising and growing market of the digital music. iTunes Store was launched in 2003. Nowadays, millions of songs, videos, TV series, and more items are sold each year through the iTunes Store. And this happened even when the piracy is yet a huge problem for the music industry.
8. Apple TV
Apple TV was launched in 2007. It is a system that delivers digital contents to the TV. And there are different content providers like iTunes Store, YouTube, and Netflix, among others.
The system has had only a limited success; however, the company plans to continue investing in this area to release new and improved developments.
9. iPhone – Smartphone
Yes, the Jobs & Apple revolution arrived to the cell phones industry. The iPhone -launched in 2007- is, without doubt, the most successful gadget in the recent years… and more than likely it is the most successful technological product of the first decade of the twenty-first century. It also started a growing industry of smartphones with strong competitors launching a bunch of products in this field such as smartphones under Android platform.
10. iPad – Tablet
Although the Microsoft Tablet PC has been available for some years now, that product never reached the level of success and popularity of the iPad. Steve Jobs’ company reinvented the concept of portable computer, even when netbooks were increasing market share in the industry and many people were thinking that they would be the most popular type of computers for next years. Now, it’s clear that tablets are winning the battle against netbooks… although a new battle is approaching: Tablets vs Ultrabooks. We’ll see what happens in 2012.
PS: In case you haven’t seen it, I recommend you to watch the following video about a famous commencement speech by Steve Jobs to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005.
Pretty inspiring, right?
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