TECH GIANT DIES AT 56:  THE REMARKABLE CAREER OF STEVE JOBS


MANILA, OCTOBER 6, 2011 (MSNBC NEWS) By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets -

His management style was crude and his wardrobe was plain, but you cannot say enough about Steve Jobs. The tech giant, who quite literally transformed the consumer tech market, has been no short of a wonder for Apple, the world super-brand Jobs founded - and then later saved from fading away.

Health, however, was not on the side of technology's most celebrated star, and following his August resignation as Apple's CEO, Jobs died Wednesday. In honour of the 56-year-old, MSN looks back at the career milestones of the billionaire, the iPod maker, the husband and the father of four.

THE MACINTOSH

[AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File] 1984: Following Jobs' bringing of John Sculley to his company, Apple officially reached the mainstream with its stunning George Orwell-inspired commercial that aired during the 1984 Super Bowl.

The dystopian ad, which famously cost $1.5 million and was directed by Ridley Scott, launched the Macintosh into public consciousness, going on sale two days after the well-received commercial.

Sales weren't huge at the time - the computer's inflation-adjusted retail tag of more than $5,000 surely hindered consumer adoption - but the Macintosh, the first in the series of Macs that are still being issued today, proved no one knew how to release a product with more hype and fanfare than Steve Jobs.

THE EARLY YEARS

[Karl Mondon/Contra Costa Times/ABACAPRESS.COM] 1955-1976: Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, a fitting locale for the California boy who would later put a nearby town on the map.

While attending classes at high school in Cupertino, which later became famous for housing Apple's headquarters, Jobs found a summer gig at Hewlett-Packard, where he worked alongside a fellow employee named Steve Wozniak.Jobs would enrol in Portland's Reed College in 1972, but stay for only one semester, making him one of the most successful school dropouts of all-time.

After his college days, Jobs took up work at video game maker Atari, yet kept steady his partnership with Wozniak at a computer club in Silicon Valley.


APPLE

[AP Photo/Linda Spillers]1976-1984:In 1976, along with Wozniak and another man that would quickly be bought out of the company, Jobs founded Apple. The computer maker would flounder for years in the still untapped tech market, but Jobs' imprint on the business was felt immediately.

Two years after its founding, Jobs recruited an outside man - Mike Scott from tech manufacturer National Semiconductor - to serve as CEO, and while his reign left little mark on the company, it allowed Jobs to focus on the tech component of Apple's enterprise.

In 1983, Jobs lured a man named John Sculley from Pepsi to act as Apple's chief exec, famously proposing, "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?"

A MAN APART

[Larger image AP Photo/Paul Sakuma] 1985-1996

Despite its recent success, Apple was not immune to turmoil in its early days, and remarkably the brand's most iconic figure was absent from the company for more than a decade beginning in the mid '80s.

After being relieved of his duties as head of the Macintosh division, Steve Jobs left Apple to form his own business, NeXT Computer, in 1985.

Even with the high consumer cost of the devices NeXT would put to market, Jobs was able to advance personal computing in his time apart from Apple, including the release of NeXTMail, an interactive email system that was among the first to support clickable graphics and audio within web messages.

The iPod falls from the tree

[KULISH,KIM S photo] 1996-2001: Late in 1996, Apple announced it would buy NeXT Computer for $429 million, a deal that brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded.

The blue jean, black turtleneck-clad Jobs returned to the tech maker's CEO position, a rank in which some colleagues say he glowered from - intimidating co-workers as the company's brooding boss.

But Jobs may have been excused for his questionable temperament. At task for the tech titan was returning Apple to profitability, a lofty goal for the brand, whose portfolio was littered with sunken projects and a stock price of just $5.22 per share as 1996 closed.

Certainly, the best move of Jobs' early return years was the release of the iPod, the transcendent portable music device that debuted in 2001. As of December, 2010, nearly 300 million iPods had been sold worldwide.

THE iPHONE

[AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File] 200: Though marketing and design guru Jonathan Ive gets much of the credit for Apple's consumer devices, it was nonetheless Steve Jobs captaining the ship when the company released its next-generation gadget, the iPhone.

Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, showing the wonders of the touch-screen phone, which was to be released six months later. Surely, the buzz tactics Jobs practiced in 1984 with Apple's Super Bowl commercial helped the CEO build a fever pitch over the iPhone; blogs and Internet message boards brewed with anticipation ahead of its release, and fans lined up around corners for days to be the first to get their hands on the cell phone of the future.

The iPhone, now in its fourth generation, has easily become the most coveted smartphone on the market today, and Jobs turned a risky move - entering the mobile marketplace - into a lucrative one: the iPhone is now Apple's largest money maker.

THE iPAD

[AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File] 2010: What's better than an iPhone? How about a bigger version, with no ability to make phone calls, yes, but enough appeal to change the personal computer market forever?

Indeed, Apple's iPad tablet was a game changer when it released last year, yet remarkably it could have come sooner. Steve Jobs maintained that the iPad was in development before the iPhone, but shelved temporarily when the CEO realized its features could work just as well on a mobile device.

When Jobs did release the iPad, its reasonable price point (as little as $499) made it a smash with consumers, who snapped up 300,000 of the units on its very first day in stores. In just one month, Apple had sold one million iPads, half the time it took to sell the same number of iPhones.


THE RESIGNATION

[AP Photo/Paul Sakuma] 2011: Steve Jobs officially resigned from Apple's top post in August of this year, but his health has been poor since 2004, when he announced he'd been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his pancreas.

Later that year, Jobs underwent a procedure that appeared to successfully remove the tumour, though he would be dogged by inquiries into his health for years - most notably in 2006, when he was observed looking thin, gaunt and lethargic at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The Apple boss would appear in good health in the subsequent years, but a 2009 liver transplant seemed to kick start another fall to sickness, and in January, 2011, Jobs was granted a medical leave ahead of his official resignation.

Still, in spite of failing health, Jobs was very much a part of Apple's business, and one of his last cutthroat moves helped boost his company and doom a competitor. As Research In Motion prepared to debut its new tablet, a direct challenger to the iPad, Apple stepped in and released its iPad 2 just one month before the PlayBook, driving sales to the iPad's successor and totally undercutting any momentum RIM hoped to achieve.

Reactions to Steve Jobs' death The Seattle Times

National reaction to the news of Steve Jobs' death.

"Apple has 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."Tim Cook

"Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: He changed the way each of us sees the world." President Obama

"I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work." Steve Ballmer

"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come." Michael Dell

"... Steve's vision for and unique focus on the end-user experience in every product carrying the Apple logo helped transform our everyday lives at home, at school and at work. The world will benefit from his contributions for generations to come." Birger Steen

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."Mark Zuckerberg

"Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now)." Sergey Brin

"He was very kind to reach out to me ... and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it." Larry Page

"Steve Jobs shaped the technology that led me choose the path I have in life. Without him, it's clear my life would have been less creative and been less fulfilling. For 26 years, I've spent most of every day working on technology that came out of his vision. I've never been so sad about the passing of someone I didn't know." Glenn Fleishman

Remembering Steve Jobs - 1955-2011

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after his years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.

 

Following is the text of the statement released by Apple's Board of Directors following the death of founder and former CEO Steve Jobs:

CUPERTINO, Calif. We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Following is a statement released by Steve Jobs' family:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.

Microsoft's Bill Gates Praises Apple's Steve Jobs For 'Saving the Company'

Microsoft's Bill Gates had some words of praise today for Steve Jobs, the CEO of arch-rival Apple, despite the blistering "Mac and PC" television ads that sharply, and humorously, criticize the new Windows 7 operating system.

QUESTION: If you could just comment and tell us what your thoughts are on the job Steve Jobs has done as the CEO of Apple? (Audience laughs as Gates smiles.)

GATES: Well, he's done a fantastic job. Apple is in a bit of a different business where they make hardware and software together. But when Steve was coming back to Apple, which was actually through an acquisition of NeXT that he ran, Apple was in very tough shape.

In fact, most likely it wasn't going to survive. And he brought in a team, he brought in inspiration about great products and design that's made Apple back into being an incredible force in doing good things.

And it's great to have competitors like that. We write software for Apple, Microsoft does. They compete with Apple. But he, of all the leaders in the industry that I've worked with, he showed more inspiration and he saved the company.

Business Community Mourns: Statements

The passing of Steve Jobs evoked sorrow and emotion across the world and throughout the business and tech community. Below are some of the statements and comments:

Microsoft Co-Founder and Chairman, 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."

Walt Disney CEO, Bob Iger:

"Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started."

Time Warner Chairman & CEO, Jeff Bewkes:

"The entire Time Warner family mourns the loss of Steve Jobs. The world is a better place because of Steve, and the stories our company tells have been made richer by the products he created. He was a dynamic and fearless competitor, collaborator, and friend. In a society that has seen incredible technological innovation during our lifetimes, Steve may be the one true icon whose legacy will be remembered for a thousand years."

Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen:

"We've lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn't help but be encouraged by how he persevered."

Dell CEO, Michael Dell:

"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come."

AOL Founder, Steve Case:

"I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages."

President Obama:

"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world. The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."

Google CEO, Larry Page:

"I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family."

Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt:

"Today is very sad for all of us. Steve defined a generation of style and technology that's unlikely to be matched again. Steve was so charismatically brilliant that he inspired people to do the impossible, and he will be remembered as the greatest computer innovator in history."

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook:

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

News Corp CEO, Rupert Murdoch:

"Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I'm reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life."

AT&T Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson:

"We are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor, visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife, family, and his Apple family."

Hewlett-Packard CEO, Meg Whitman:

"Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world."

Broadcom CEO, Scott McGregor:

"Steve's passion for innovation and creativity will carry on for decades to come. His legacy is enormous, touching millions of people around the world. Our entire industry and economy is better for his presence and incredible contributions. On behalf of Broadcom, we send our deepest condolences to Steve's family and to Apple employees."

Yahoo Co-Founder, Jerry Yang:

"Steve was my hero growing up. He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives. I will miss him dearly, as will the world."

Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo:

"Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn't just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. #RIPSteveJobs"

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos

"Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."

Recording Industry Association of America Chairman and CEO, Cary Sherman:

"Like all music fans, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was a larger-than-life personality passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music. With the introduction of the iTunes software and other platforms, Steve and Apple made it once again easy and accepted to pay for music. His legacy will live on, long past his all-too-short time on earth."

New York Times Chairman, Arthur Sulzberger Jr:

"Steve Jobs was a visionary and a wonderful friend of The New York Times. He pushed the boundaries of how all providers of news and information interact with our users. I am among the many who deeply regret his passing."

Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam:

"Steve Jobs devoted his ceaseless energy and creative genius to technology innovation that changed the world time and time again. Our industry and all of our customers benefited tremendously from his pursuit of excellence. We will miss him."

RCCL CEO, Richard Fain:

"The world has lost a great innovator. Steve Jobs had both the vision to see a need and the tenacity to make it happen."

Electronic Arts CEO, John Riccitiello:

"Steve was one of a kind. For many of us working in technology and entertainment, Steve was a new kind of hero that lead with big, bold moves and would not settle for less than perfection. He is the best role model for a leader that aspires to be great."

Chief Creative Officer and President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter and Ed Catmull:

"Steve ... saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA."

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