Steve Jobs, a visionary leader in the technology world, passed away at the young age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer. Though his death is known as a great tragedy in the modern world, his life and impact on history itself is what most people choose to remember about this amazing man.

Jobs’ reign over technology began in 1976 when he and co-partner Steve Wozniak created the Apple I. They originally sold this little device for only $666.66 – little did they know that this was only the beginning to billions of dollars in profits, fame, and a huge mark in history. 

1984 marked the release of the first Macintosh computer. Looking back now, it’s odd to think that the internet was just beginning to be a promising idea. Steve Jobs himself actually remarked on the initial process of the internet some 27 years ago, in 1985, saying “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone.”

Eight years after the creation of the Apple industry, Jobs bought a graphics spinoff from the widely known director George Lucas, and learned about computer animation. He then went on to create the now famous Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs revolutionized the TV and movie industries this way, first creating the full-length movie known as “Toy Story” and sky-rocketing his movie producing from there.

Not many people know that the reason for Jobs’ purchase of George Lucas’ company was because he left Apple due to a battle for CEO. During the same year Pixar became popular, Jobs built the NeXT computer and Apple, without his supervision, quickly started to tank. They bought Jobs’ new creation and rehired him as an advisor, though he became CEO the next year. Had he not left Apple, the world probably would’ve never known about computer animation so early.

Though they weren’t the first company to do it, Apple created the first in a line of many portable music players, known as the iPod. Jobs disapproved of the modern MP3 players that had already been released by other companies, and went on to create something vastly better. Now, 11 years after the very first model, we have the iPod Touch 4G; not only an MP3 player, but so much more than that. Jobs’ iPod is no longer even considered an MP3 player to some; rather, it is a communication, media, entertainment, and gaming portable device, which can access the internet through Wi-Fi just like a laptop.

In 2010, Steve Jobs, with the help of his co-partners, created what will come to be known as the “post-PC era.” With the invention and release of the iPad, a revolution in tablets alone, people were able to access a device bigger than an iPod but smaller and more portable than a computer. Though the iPad is still limited in that it can’t do absolutely everything a computer does, Jobs still helped in creating a device that became a category of its own.

Steve Jobs is a revolutionary man in the field of technology and technological advancement. Without him, we would have no computer animation, no iPod, iPad, or any other iProduct, no internet, no Apple industry, and we wouldn’t even know who Pixar Animation Studios is. Indeed, he will be a figure in history that stands out as much as any of the other geniuses. He can be compared to Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking, and we will remember him as the wonderfully inspiring man he was in his lifetime.

 

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