Tribute: The magician who thought differently

Tribute: The magician who thought differently

It's been two years since the world lost an innovator and a true visionary, Steve Jobs. While most of us remember him as the person behind the tech giant 'Apple', he did much more than just creating Apple.

Though he's not with us now, his presence can be felt in the entire tech world. Some might disagree, but almost every piece of modern technology today somehow relates to his innovations.

We will look into that as well, but for now, let's take a trip down memory lane to chronologically see how the man's life went by, how his vision led to the evolution of Apple, some revolutionary tech products and innovations, and also the mistakes he made in this journey.

It would be appropriate to call him one of the pioneers of the 'PC revolution', the reason we all have access to computers today. The major areas of technology drastically affected by Steve Jobs range from personal computers to the music industry and mobile devices.

But he did a lot more than what we see.

He was interested in electronics ever since his father taught him how to tinker with electronic items such as televisions and radios. His interest kept increasing till he met Steve Wozniak, a fellow electronics junkie and both of them later embarked on a mutual mission of inventing a personal computer.

Apple and Jobs

Most of us are aware of Steve Jobs' clever yet ingenious approaches toward business and technology, even in the final years of his reign at Apple. The style was the same as what he did when he was a youngster. Jobs made a deal with Atari, and delivered well.

As a result, he was paid a total of US$5,000 (S$6,200), but he told Wozniak that the payment was US$700, and gave him his share of US$350. Well, that's how Jobs was! He knew business naturally, and these are one of the important concepts in business.

Both of them continued to work for some time and sold devices called 'Blue Boxes', which were meant to hack the telephone system to make long distance calls at a low cost. This is when Jobs realised the potential of electronics as a business.

It wasn't much later when 'Apple Computer Company' was born in Jobs' garage. And yes, it's worth mentioning that Jobs pursued his passion while he dropped out of college. He knew what he was going for, and that's what kept him going for a long time.

Time flew and Apple emerged as a successful company with products like the Apple I and Apple II computers.

Perhaps the game changer in the world of personal computing was the first Macintosh, which was unveiled in 1984. The Macintosh was clearly a result of his hard work and determination over the years, making it perfect from the inside as well as outside.

Steve Jobs' life had several challenges. He was an entrepreneur who made several bold, strategic decisions. Some of these defined the vision for Apple, while some were downright mistakes.

One of the mistakes that he publicly admitted was getting John Sculley to join Apple as the CEO. At first, everything seemed fine, but then things didn't go so right, the ultimate decision was made in favour of Sculley and Jobs had to step out of Apple.

Though Steve Jobs admitted it as the original mistake's consequence, the following years brought new experiences and literally a stream of successes to his life, including the creation of a new company (NeXT Inc.), which was later acquired by Apple in 1997. After that, he returned to Apple as the interim CEO (and was later known as the iCEO).

Jobs came back to the rescue when Apple was in serious losses. Pretty soon, the Cupertino-based company released the iMac, the successor to the Macintosh, with a new name and an appealing redesign. This made Apple stand out once again. But it's more about Steve Jobs' enthusiasm and vision that brought the company back to life.

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