The Life And Times Of Steve Jobs [EDITORIAL]
The birth of an icon like Steve Jobs is the event of a century. Steve Jobs was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His childhood was like the childhood of any boy. Yet, he struggled, toiled, worked hard and finally created a Multi-billion dollar company that is known as Apple Inc today.
The world recognises Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as the co-founders of Apple. However, little do people know that Jobs and Wozniak had a third partner called Ronald Wayne.
But how did Steve Jobs found his way to success? What were the achievements that made him so great?
Let us take a look at the life and accomplishments of Steve Jobs:
24 Feb 1955 – Steve Jobs was born to a Syrian Muslim father Abdulfattah Jandali and Swiss Mother. He was given for adoption. Paul and Clara Jobs are his adoptive parents.
1960 – Jobs Family relocated to Palo Alto, heart of Silicon Valley.
1972 – Steve jobs met Steve Wozniak, an employee of HP while doing a summer job in that company.
1973 – Steve Jobs spent one semester at Reed College Oregon. Later, he dropped out.
1974 – Steve Jobs got a job at Atari. Later, he went to India on a spiritual trip to seek enlightenment. Many people believe this is when he adopted Buddhist philosophy and converted to Buddhism.
1975 – Jobs and Wozniak started working on APPLE I in Jobs’ Bedroom.
1977 – Apple got incorporated by its founders and a group of venture capitalists. It Unveiled Apple II, the first PC to generate color graphics. Revenue reached $1 million.
1983 – Apple launched LISA, only to pull it 2 years later. Steve Jobs lured John Sculley away from Pepsico Inc to serve as Apple’s CEO.
1984 – Iconic 1984 Macintosh computer went on sale. The first image shown on Macintosh computer was of Disney character Scrooge McDuck, better known as Uncle Scrooge of Duck Tales.
1985 – A conflict arose between Jobs and Sculley. Jobs and Wozniak resigned from their respective positions and left Apple.
1986 – Steve Jobs started NeXT Inc, a new computer company making high end machines for Universities. Jobs also bought Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million.
1989 – First NeXT computer became available for sale with a $6500 price tag.
1991 – Apple and IBM Corp announced an alliance to develop new PC microprocessors and software. Apple unvieled portable Macs called Power Book.
1996 – Apple announced plans to buy NeXT computers. Steve Jobs was appointed as advisor to Apple.
1997- Steve Jobs became the interem CEO of Apple.
1998 – Jobs launched candy colored Imax and discontinued the Newton.
2000 – Jobs became the CEO of Apple Inc.
2001 – First iPod went on sale. So did OSX and iTunes. Nine months later Windows compatible iPod was launched.
2003 – iTunes music store was launched with 2 lakh songs at 99 cents each. It sold 1 million songs in first week.
2004 – Steve Jobs underwent a surgery for rare but curable form of pencreatic cancer.
2005 – Apple expanded iPod line with tiny nano and an iPod that could play video.
2007 – iPhone was released by Apple. Apple Inc dropped “Computers” from its name.
2009 – Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a 6 month leave of absence to focus on his health.
Jan 2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled thefirst iPad. iPad was looked at by critics as a giant iTouch. It sold about 1 million units in less than a month.
Aug 2011 – Apple announced the resignation of Jobs as CEO. Tim Cook became the CEO and Apple named Jobs as chairman.
5 October 2011 – Steve Jobs died at 56.
7 October 2011 – Steve Jobs was laid to rest. Funeral was attended by many friends, celebrities, corporates and politicians like Bono, Bill Clinton, Larry Page, Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch.
14 October 2011 – iPhone 4S got released in USA, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan.
19 October 2011 – Apple Inc celebrated the life of Steve Jobs.
21 October 2011 – Apple announced that on 28 October 2011, iPhone 4S would be released in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
24 October 2011 – Biography of Steve Jobs written Walter Isaacson was released. On iBookstore and on Kindle bookstore, it was released few hours earlier. Sony pictures purchased rights to produce a movie on this book.
28 October 2011 – iPhone 4S succesfully released in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
31 October 2011 – Apple announced that on 11 November 2011, iPhone 4S would be released in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea. Apple announced that by the end of 2011, iPhone 4S would be available in 70 countries.
Aftermath of Steve Jobs’ demise:
Corporates, politicians and celebrities expressed grief over the death of Steve Jobs. Rolling Stone magazine put him on the cover, making his first girlfriend Chrisann Brennan write an article on him, exploring his romantic side. Fans came up with new and innovative ways of paying tribute to Jobs.
Arab nations were quick to claim Steve Jobs as an Arab, conveniently ignoring the fact that Jobs’ Arab father Abdulfattah Jandali did not play any role in the life of Steve Jobs. For years, Jandali had been accused of abandoning Steve Jobs as a child and one section of media criticized him for the same. However, Jandali says that his father-in-law hated him because he was a Muslim. He did not like his daughter marrying a Muslim. That is why, Jandali’s Christian wife (biological mother of Steve Jobs) gave Jobs for adoption due to the hatred from her father and never told her husband where she had given the baby for adoption. However, one section of media continued to criticize Jandali, reasoning that even after knowing that Jobs was his son, he did not make any attempt to bond with him. Jandali says that he learnt about Steve Jobs being his son years later, when Jobs had achieved fame and an identity for himself.
Steve Jobs would always be remembered for his contribution to this world. Icons like Jobs come to the world of mortals, leaving their sign and memories that can never be erased and forgotten.