Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Master Innovator's extraordinary life and career

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He partly changed the world with his unique innovations. Now, no exact amount of words can describe how grateful the world with this extraordinary person.....

He had forever changed the map and redefined the world of personal computing and reshaped the entire computer industries in the process....partly, Steve Jobs redefined how we should live in the modern generation and the world cannot thanked him enough for that...

The world is still reeling in shock in his demise, though this event is pretty much given as he had long been suffering from a terminal illness, neuroendocrine cancer, for the past seven years, still the effect of his death is massively upsetting. To his followers and admirers, it seemed as though the world had temporarily stopped. His long-time friend and Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, told ABC news "I'm shocked and disturbed".

Because of his reputation of being the world's master innovator and his legendary rise to greatness around Silicon valley, public interest to dig his life more grew heavily, so much so that when his illness was revealed, the stock of Apple fell in the world market. But unlike famous CEO and world billionnaires, Steve Jobs was extremely private and never trot around the block revealing something about himself. This unique principle was evident in his management style at Apple. 

At one point, he was heard commenting that his innovations were not meant to plunge into fierce competitions but were created for a specific vision that would forever leave a mark in the world of technology. True enough, all his inventions left a fantastic mark to people's consciousness and became trend-setters.

Steve Jobs was even called the messiah of electronic gadget. When he invented something, the world breathlessly wait fearing how the latest invention would fair in the market and the result --- and consumers' acceptance --- often shocked the critics. TIME magazine called him "the man with a golden, magical touch".

His unique management, creativity and marketing techniques made Apple one of the most highly successful corporate entities in the new millennium. Because of Jobs's shrewd and brilliant guidance, the company went on to become the world's most admired company for four straight years now ranking number one in all aspects of leadership, innovation and business style.

When Jobs left Apple in 1986, the company almost plunged to bankruptcy, he rescued it in 1996 when he returned to the company and became CEO until his resignation in August 2011 due to his health condition.

Here, let us go back in time with Apple and Steve Jobs's remarkable inventions. Photos and captions are taken from Apple website, ABC news site, TIME magazine site and Zimbio site.

1977. Steve Jobs introduces the new Apple II in Cupertino, Calif. This was widely considered the machine that established Apple as a force -- both in the worlds of computers and design.(Apple Computers Inc./AP Photo)
January 24, 1984. The youthful Steve Jobs then 28 years old, leans on the new Macintosh personal computer following an Apple shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, Calif. The Macintosh, priced at $2,495 at the time, was more stylish and easier to use than the machines made by IBM that ran software mad
Jobs introduces the NeXT computer system, Oct. 12, 1988 in San Francisco. Apple's purchase of NeXT -- the company he founded after being forced out at Apple -- in 1997 brought Jobs back to where he had started. (Shahn Kermani/Liaison)

Jobs' departure from Apple only seemed to inflame his desire to remold the world of personal computing. His next venture, NeXT Computer, took the Apple ideal one step further, and featured a sleek magnesium cube with a greatly enhanced graphical interface, built-in Ethernet port and many other technical advancements. Though the machine was priced too high to break into the mainstream market, it had a tremendous influence over the next generation of computing.

Much of the technology behind the NeXT machine found its way into the subsequent generation of Apple products. At the same time, Jobs restored the company's reputation for excellence in design with products like the iMac, and reinvigorated the Apple brand by opening a series of slick, retail outlets devoted exclusively to the sale and nurturing of Apple devices.

Jobs posed with Apple's new iMac desktop computer on May 18, 1998. Apple marketed its computers in cheerful colors to make them stand out from the beige boxes that dominated the personal computer market at the time. (Moshe Brakha/Liaison)
A bearded Jobs giving the keynote speech at the opening of MacWorld Expo in San Francisco on Jan. 6, 1998. (Susan Ragan/AP Photo)
September 5, 2007. Launching of the new version of iPod
iPad launching 2010. In January 2010, Jobs announced that Apple would introduce a new tablet computer, the iPad. Though similar in functionality to the iPhone, the iPad features a much larger screen, increasing the visibility for reading, gaming and watching video. The first iPad was an overwhelming success, with more than 1 million sold in less than a month — about half of the time it took for the iPhone to achieve the same milestone. In March 2011, the second generation iPad was released, and it quickly became Apple's biggest success to date. Close to 1 million units of the tablet were sold just during its debut weekend. As of August 2011, more than 25 million iPads have been sold around the world.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from the company since January, made an unexpected appearance at Apple's iPad 2 event in San Francisco, March 2, 2011. "We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn't want to miss today," he told the crowd. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)
In this June 6, 2011, photo, Steve Jobs was clearly not in good health condition anymore. His weight slowly sunk and he could barely stand in front longer than one hour unlike in the past. His charismatic appeal was gone and he could not talk without gasping a breath. In the above photo, Mr. Jobs delivers a keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco where he introduced iCloud, the synching service of Apple. This will be the last time that Jobs took centerstage as Apple's CEO, he resigned two months later due to his failing health. (Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)
June 6, 2011. Steve Jobs Introduces iCloud Storage System At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. Occasionally laughing and cracking jokes while delivering the new innovation of Apple, the public noticed his failing health. This will be the last time that Jobs took centerstage as Apple's CEO. Two months later he tendered his resignation due to his condition.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Jobs announced upgraded versions of the entire iPod line, including an iPod Touch that includes a camera.  Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs annouces the new Apple TV as he speaks during an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Jobs announced upgraded versions of the entire iPod line, including an iPod Touch that includes a camera. He also showed the new iTunes version 10 and the release of the second generation of Apple TV.
( Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)




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