Monday, October 8, 2018

Apple iconic co-founder Steve Jobs' 7th death anniversary

The visionary former Apple CEO died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer. Jobs is credited for making Apple one of the biggest and most-loved technology brands in the world. It was his love for product design and perfection that disrupted and transformed several product segments across categories -- mobiles, music, PCs, apps and more...
On the seventh death anniversary of Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered him by tweeting, "Steve showed me—and all of us—what it means to serve humanity. We miss him, today and every day, and we’ll never forget the example he set for us."

Let’s take a look how Steve Jobs changed smartphone, app and 4 other technology segments.

Steve Jobs changed the smartphone industry forever with the launch of the first-ever iPhone in January 2007. The first-ever Apple smartphone hit the retail shelves in the US in June the same year. The touch-screen smartphone supported GSM connectivity along with GPRS and EDGE for data transfer. Since then, iPhones have continued to be the given several.

Apple’s Macintosh 128K was the first-ever desktop computing machine from the company. It was launched with the moniker – Apple Macintosh in 1984. Macintosh 128K sported a 9-inch CRT monitor and came along with a couple of accessories including a keyboard and a mouse. There was a handle at the top that made it easy to carry it around. But then the firm later already had a ‘laptop’ line up under the ‘PowerBook’ series.

iPod (M8541) was Apple's first-ever portable media player. Unveiled in October 2001, iPods were launched with the tagline ‘1000 songs in your pocket’. The first iPod had a monochrome LCD display with 5GB storage. What made it stand out was its compact form factor that was made possible with a 1.8-inch hard drive. The competitors used the 2.5-inch hard drive at that time.

Apple’s MacBook Pro is today considered one of the most powerful laptops. The MacBook Pro line-up too took its baby steps during the Jobs' era. In 2006, Jobs introduced the first-ever 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop. It was built on the previous PowerBook G4 laptop and was also the first to run on dual-core Intel processor.

App developers need to thank Steve Jobs for giving the world first App Store. Apple App Store made debut in the year 2008 with just 500 apps. Today, the App Store offers iOS users over 2 million apps. Not just this, App Store got Apple over $22 billion revenue in the first half of the year.

Steve Jobs launched the first iPad in January 2010. The first-generation Apple iPad marked the debut of the tablet industry in the right sense. Microsoft too had experimented with a similar form factor device in the year 2000, but it failed to find too many takers. The device also had a major impact on the tablet industry that barely existed in 2010. The first iPad was powered by Apple A4 processor and had a 9.7-inch touchscreen display.