Although we as Indians are not profusely Apple consumers, we all have heard of the ever famous Apple products like ipod, ipad and iTunes. Steve Jobs is to Apple what Bill Gates has been to Microsoft. He is the mastermind behind the creation and evolution of all Apple products. Needless to say his unfortunate demise on 5th October 2011 was one that the whole world mourned. He was a man of futuristic vision and his death has signified that he is indeed immortal in our hearts.
But have you ever wondered how much you actually know about Steve Jobs or Apple for that matter. Steve Jobs dropped out from Reed College after one semester and to quote his words
“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.”
He had begun to enroll in creative classes instead where he developed a growing passion for calligraphy. It was during this phase of his life when he had begun experimenting with psychedelic drugs. He had luncheon regularly at the Hare Krishna temple where he became a Buddhist convert and became profoundly interested in spiritualism.
Ironically enough, Apple Computers was founded by Steve Jobs and his high school friend Steve Wozniak in 1976 on April fool’s Day, with a garage that served as their office. In 1980 they had launched Apple 111 and in their public IPO they had revenue of over $47 million, despite the ongoing recession. It was indeed the largest public IPO since Ford.
With the improvisation on user graphics interface and introduction of the color monitors, Apple released its first ever Macintosh in 1984, which was cutting edge technology compared to the then prevalent IBM computers. It had revolutionized the image of computers. However its incompatibility with the IBM products and owing to internal power struggles between Jobs and the then appointed CEO John Scully, lead to him quitting his position from Apple 9 years later after founding it. Meanwhile Jobs had started his own company Next, whose primary focus was on enhancing software. He had also bought Pixar which was a 3D image processing workstation. It was soon a part of Disney and they produced their first ever animated film: Toy Story in 1995, which was a final saving grace for its dying status.
In 1996 he was restored as CEO of Apple and integrated Next with Apple. Followed by intensive restructuring of their core panel, Apple had launched the Powerbook which was supposed to be a portable computer. It paved the way for a generation of laptops which until then was unheard of. They faced stiff competition from Microsoft. In 2001 Steve Jobs conceptualized the idea of the iPod. They wanted to diversify into the music industry and this proved to be one of their largest business ventures. With the rising popularity of the Internet, Apple soon had begun to sink its feet into it, by providing online services such as iCloud, iTunes and App store. By 2010 Apple had progressed from the iPod, to the iPhone and the iPad. They made excellent use of their very own iOS an operating system developed by Apple.
In 2009, Steve Jobs went on an extended medical leave for reasons that he had refused to disclose then. He was diagnosed with cancer and in August 2011. He retired as CEO. Six weeks later he died battling it. Tim Cook was replaced as his successor.
He has indeed left behind a staggering legacy which has inspired millions to buy his products. The simplicity and uniqueness of their design while simultaneously boosting of high standards while continue to perpetuate the sale of Apple even after his demise.