Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Citing his myriad of accolades, all worthy of a mention, is how we’d like to pay homage to the Apple co-founder. These are the ways Steve Jobs changed the world.
We are stating the obvious no? His most publicized inventions – iPhone, iPod, iPad, Macbook – are merely frontrunners to the most minuscule yet most unimaginable of modernism. He's invented or co-invented a wide range of technologies from actual computer and portable devices to user interfaces, keyboards, speakers, staircases, and a whole slew of modernized possessions found in countless homes today.
In 1986, Jobs bought the Graphics Group division from Lucasfilm for the price of $10 million. This investment, it turns out, would eventually become the mega-successful animation film studio known as Pixar. So are we saying the same guy who co-founded Apple is also responsible for helming major animated films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Wall-E? Yes.
More than iPod, which we'd already mentioned above, it was the iTunes. The CD has ceased to be the product. It is merely one of the tools by which we enjoy music. And so record labels moved from selling compact discs to selling digital files on iTunes, essentially an online music store that Jobs also set up. The internet, not Steve, will forever be responsible for putting a dent on the music industry, but it was Jobs who invented a reasonable middle ground between sellers and consumers, something Napster or Gnutella weren’t able to do back in its infancy.
Pioneering the best there is
Jobs’ work has, inevitably, inspired many young computer programmers and internet entrepreneurs through the years, including that kid who invented Facebook. “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend,” says Mark Zuckerberg. “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
It is also worth noting that Apple, in a good number of ways, mentored and pioneered Microsoft in product innovation and brand building. A statement from Bill Gates: “Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor.”