Steve Jobs walked onto the stage to introduce three new devices. The first one was a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communicator. As he explained to the audience that they were not three separate devices but a single one called the iPhone. He claimed that “Apple was going to reinvent the phone”.
The iPhone was introduced in January 2007, but today’s date (29th June) was the day when users first got their hands on the device. Serpentine queues outside stores from opening day were just signs of things to come. The iPhone today has a brand name that is unparalleled in the mobile phone business. It’s success has also pushed Apple to become the world’s most valuable company.
The Touch Effect
The phone had no physical buttons, it had no stylus. It was a complete touchscreen phone. If you look at smart-phones today, almost every single one of them is a touch screen phone.
The original iPhone was not just a great product, it pretty much set the standard for all mobile phone manufacturers. The touch responsive screen of mobile phones also gave rise to exponential growth in 3rd party apps for smartphones
Touchscreens becoming common place also did play a big part in the launch and success of iPad and tablet devices as a niche.
Even though I prefer using Android, I cannot ignore the influence of iPhone on Android. If you look at the struggling phone manufacturers today which are Nokia and RIM. They both stuck with their key pad phone models for far too long.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, it was a company whose computers were over-priced and it was having serious challenges in the computer making business. Apple today is synonymous with the term ‘Post PC Era’ simply because they have moved away from the being computer makers towards making gadgets like iPod, iPhone and iPad tablets.
You might be a fan of Steve Jobs or not, but one thing was certain that he lived a very interesting life. The man founded Apple, was made to leave his own company, returned to Apple as CEO decade later. He not only changed Apple’s fortunes but he also changed the way we listen to music, use smart-phones and breathed life into the tablet computer niche.
Steve Jobs; one of the most inspiring person of the century left this world forever yesterday. But we will always remember him for his greatest innovations and most inspiring quotes. I feel that Apple Inc. will be directionless now and so will be the Google, Microsoft and other companies who used to copy Apple products. But I would like to thank Steven Paul Jobs for giving us products like iPhone, iPad, iMac, iOS, iPod and all the other iProducts.
Let’s remember Steve Jobs the man himself and some of the most inspiring and other best quotes by him:
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”
“That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works”
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
“I don’t care what you think of me. You care what I think of you.”
“If you live each day as if it was your last someday you’ll most certainly be right.”
If I missed out something please tell me. Drop a comment below or tell us your favorite quote by Steve Jobs.
It has been confirmed, that Steve Jobs, ex-CEO of co-founder of Apple Inc has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and died. The man who created the personal computer, renewed Apples fortunes through innovations like the iPod, iPhone and more recently the iPad will be remembered as one of the most innovative geniuses in the tech world.
Apple confirmed the news on their website with this statement:
Apple lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Steve Jobs will surely be missed not only for his inspiring impact on technology but also for living a very inspiring life.
This is a quick post to inform you that Apple store is down as the event for the launch of Apple’s new phone will begin in few minutes. When I tried opening Apple Store I got the note that:
It clearly means that 15 months long wait is over now and Apple is going to reveal its new iPhone and iOS 5 soon with some changes in its present iPod models. But the confusion is still there that the newer iPhone will be 4S i.e a phone same as iPhone 4 with few modifications in it or it will be iPhone 5, a completely new phone. Also people are waiting for Tim Cook as this time when Steve Jobs won’t be there on the stage who’s the original man behind iPhone.
The information technology world has been pretty much shaped by two industry giants. Bill Gates the man behind Microsoft and Steve Jobs the man behind Apple. Both have been often pitted against each other, very much like their respective companies have been.
The story of Steve Jobs is almost cinematic. It is a long running saga of innovation, failures and one famous comeback to see almost unknown success, along with fighting cancer.
Today, Apple announced that Steve Jobs their iconic leader is quitting the post of CEO. While their current COO – Tim Cook will become the new CEO. Steve Jobs will be involved with Apple as he is the new Chairman of the Board for Apple.
It marks is the end of Steve Jobs running Apple, on a day-to-day basis. For many techies, Steve Jobs as a brand is actually bigger than the brand value of Apple. His famous “and one more thing” quote and then presenting something completely new was a huge hit with Apple fans. Expectations were set higher and higher with Apple fans.
Surprisingly he kept meeting those expectations. The cult of Steve Jobs, got bigger with his famous speech at Stanford where he said “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”
He had founded Apple and got fired. He returned to Apple many years later. Jobs was probably a lot wiser than his earlier years with Apple and a strategic decision of not trying to beat Windows was made.
Then came the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad. The company that was primarily a computer maker, ended up with a MP3 players and smart-phone as their most profitable businesses.
As he quits Apple as CEO, Apple has bigger profits than Microsoft along with being one of the most valued tech company. It will be interesting to see how Apple will deal with their most iconic CEO ever.