“Stay hungry, stay foolish”
I was stunned to learn of Steve Jobs’ passing just today. I was searching for the Iphone 4S reveal and saw instead articles about Jobs’ death. I guess most expected it after his retirement from Apple last August. I can still remember the chubby Steve when the first Ipod (2001) was announced or even when the iMac (1998) was announced.
First Ipod Announcement – 2001
IMac (1998) – a clean cut Steve Jobs
Our first computers as children were the Macintosh II, and I first learned how to use a mouse back when computer classes at school were teaching DOS commands. My parents were Powerbook users and we even had the Tangerine space-inspired iMac I. Those happy memories made us Apple fans at an early age, until Windows dominated the workstation and gaming platform.
We all know how that Microsoft came into dominance during Steve’s absence at Apple. Until the 2000’s, the fascination on the innovations made during Steve’s return to Apple clearly influenced and inspired both hardware makers and software engineers. I like the trend that he set, trying to make high-end technology available and usable to everyone even those without any techy geekiness in them. And let us not forget about Pixar. Toy Story, Bug’s Life, Cars, Monsters Inc., Wall-e, The Incredibles- these films are the new generation classics and masterpieces of 3D animation, all thanks to Steve. The man is a legend, an icon and way ahead of his time with his innovations. Apple and Disney lost a great man. Rest in peace Steve Jobs.