On the 5th October 2011, revolutionary co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple , Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Each year on the 16th October, Steve Jobs Day celebrates the life of this technical visionary as well as commemorating his death. As well as Apple, Jobs was the CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios, a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors, founder, chairman and CEO of NeXTInc.
Jobs truly cemented the Apple brand, helping to produce products that are still widely used today in different forms. He is recognised as one of the founders of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Join us as we share some of the innovations Steve Jobs was widely responsible for under Apple.
Introduced in June 1998, the iMac is still one of the company’s biggest sellers today. Built as an ‘all-in-one’ desktop computer, the iMac has gone through several overhauls in designs and specifications throughout the years. Look back through the list of Mac systems and you will see a transition from a bulky old computer system of the 90’s to a slim aluminium cased variant of today.
The iMac was, and still is a revolutionary computer system. Combining all of the hardware into the screen and offering the keyboard and mouse as separate wireless add-on’s created an easy to use, compact and incredibly powerful experience. Millions of users have made the leap over to the Mac’s, kissing goodbye to the traditional monitor and tower combination favoured by Windows.
SoundJam MP was renamed iTunes when Apple purchased it in 2000. Simplifying SoundJam’s user interface, Apple added the ability to burn CD’s, with further updates added to offer playlists, ratings gapless playback, cover flow, genius playlists and more as the years have passed. Originally launching as a Mac only application, iTunes since works with Windows systems and supports the iPhone, iPad, iMac and iPod.
Since its launch, iTunes has become one of the most widely used music libraries, offering an easy to use interface with all of the user’s songs, photos, movies and TV shows accessed within. With the introduction of Apple Music in the past few months, iTunes has grown in size once more, creating a fully comprehensive experience.
In May 2001, Steve Jobs launched the first two of Apple’s stores, offering the companies own personal space to promote and sell their products instead of relying solely on electronics stores. Apple stores are instantly recognisable, a trait that can be put down to Jobs himself. He wanted to create a range of shops that embraced the same unique look, relying heavily on clear glass, removing tills and queuing points and instead placing their products out on display for customers to try out themselves. Nowadays, tills are still not a feature; instead customers purchase a product directly from an Apple employee’s wireless payment device.
It truly is a different experience walking into an Apple store, a design that the brand has won countless architecture awards for, and this is something Jobs himself pictured when launching the first of the many stores now available.
Before the rise of smartphones, Jobs saw a gap in the MP3 player market. He realised that a better performing music player was much needed, one that had a greater memory capacity, included a longer lasting battery and more. So in October 2001, Apple launched their first iPod, about 8 ½ months after iTunes was released. Whilst the original non-touchscreen version of the iPod has been discontinued, the product remains in different forms. There are three current versions of the iPod: the compact iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and the touchscreen iPod Touch.
In 2007, Apple released their first generation iPhone. Spearheaded by CEO Steve Jobs, the iPhone was truly a unique phone at this time, offering the smartphone experience that eight years on we are all incredibly used to. Featuring a touch screen with a virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, a camera, music player and much more, this really was the multifunctional device that put all of the useful everyday aspects into one compact device.
Nowadays, the iPhone is one of the most popular mobile phones available, with the company revealing the latest models, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in September 2015.
The App Store opened in July 2008 via an update to iTunes. It allowed an extensive collection of applications available for downloading on the first iPhone that were developed under Apple’s iOS system. Since its launch, the store has grown significantly, offering apps for the iPod Touch, iPad or personal computer via iTunes. Over 100 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store to date, an impressive number from what started out as a much smaller project.
Apple’s first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad100, introduced in 1993. However the iPad that we know today wasn’t released until April 2010. A multi-functional device, Jobs’ vision was to introduce a range of portable tablet devices that allows the user to access many different aspects as possible. Built around the device’s multi-touch screen, the iPad, like the iPhone, includes a virtual keyboard along with a camera, ability to play music and watch videos, take notes, browse the internet and more.
Like the iPhone, the iPad has since become one of the company’s biggest sellers, something that we can definitely thank Steve Jobs for introducing in the first place.