"Good artists borrow, great artists steal"
He was the best thief of all.
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His was the art of making computing a human experience.
The first computer that I ever used was an Apple II. Between then and now, it is simply incredible how many things have changed. He was in many ways, a modern Walt Disney. Both created companies in their own image, had a Carousel of Progress, dreamed of round cities, and died before their time.
The day after the iPhone 4S launch too.
I'm sad that you're sad, but I'm more concerned that I don't care.
Luckily, he doesn't either.
I was just chatting with Sven now, he speculated that he might have died a while ago, but kept everything secret for the iPhone 4S launch. I noticed that nowhere does it have his actual date of death, all the articles just say he "died".
I did notice a slight apprehension in those on-stage when watching the iPhone 4S event video, but that might not necessarily be attributable to Steve dying on Monday or Tuesday.
EDIT: Ah, it seems a statement from his family said "today", meaning today.
i just got an acer iconica.
very nice. I like.
My Macbook Pro came today and it's simply the fastest most awesome laptop I've ever had.
Lion is stunning.
I have a Mac Mini I bought from the Apple store in March of this year but didn't want to upgrade from Snow Leopard so seeing Lion for the first time was inspiring. I also had an 27" iMac in the office back when I was up north in hell, I mean Canada. Macs have come a long way since then.
I hope I can demand perfection without worrying about timelines, budgets or business plans one day too. Only somebody who is truly a pirate can laugh off business people like Steve did, even when he was fired from Apple.
Steve showed that success isn't about meeting quotas or coming in under budget, or being a good MBA. It's about disregarding the business side of things and focusing on products and services regardless of the consequences.
It was only fitting that his company should have the largest market cap of all, and he went out at the top.
cya Steve, may your heaven be as milky white as your products
Apple stopped using white as a design theme for their products around 2008 (spare the 2009-2010 MacBook designs) - since then everything has been black glass and finished aluminium. Just saying.
Feels like we're definitely passed the 'pioneer' phase of the home computing industry now; the 'young upstarts' are now older and we're going to start losing more of them.
I never bought into the Apple 'culture', but I could always see that Steve Jobs' influence spread further than just Apple in ways that we all benefited from.
A shorter life that hoped for, but a life well lived.
Yup, a little flakey in places, but overall an excellent piece of work. Over the past few weeks I have become a Trackpad addict. Install BetterTouchTool on your MBP; it's brilliant.
Google is also showing it's respects on their homepage today.
No matter what you think of his products, his management or his company, you have to hand it to him, he remains one of the most influential pioneers in modern computing.
His legacy is a multi-billion dollar company - the most valued US technology giant for several months now - and one that pervades society with their products. His company has been one that took ordinary items and made them into fashion icons. Microsoft might have more desktop-share, but Apple computers were the first to say "computers shouldn't just be functional, you should enjoy looking at and using them".
He completely reinvented the walkman with the ipod, making it easier and nicer to use, and although other companies got there before, Apple was the company that made pay-to-download tracks work, making the ipod not only the best digital music device on the market, but also the one with the biggest selection of tracks. It really deserved to beat the competition and it brought Apple back to the fore of technology.
Steve Jobs also completely reinvented the mobile phone with the iphone - previously they were for making calls - now they are for watching TV, browsing the web, sending emails and playing games. Again there were forerunners, but nothing as integrated and complete as the IPhone, and the business model of the AppStore again something that Jobs invented and has made the company billions.
Apple are still at the fore - the IPad is the one of the most expensive fondle-slabs on the market, and in cost per hardware it's not that great compared with some of its competitors, but it's outselling all of the rest of the market four-to-one because Apple was there first, they have the biggest selection of Apps and it's brand image is solid.
Jobs' influence goes well beyond Apple. The way most smartphones on the market work is based on the IPhone. All MP3 players look to the IPod as their point-of-reference and even the design of Windows8 is largely informed by the idea that people might have tablets in future - a market almost entirely invented by Jobs, and nobody can doubt that the Android AppStore, the XBox store, the PlayStation3 store and the Windows8 AppStore aren't basically attempts to emulate the massive business success of the IPhone's AppStore.
Ultimately it's a sad thing that Jobs is gone because it means that the world has lost one of its chief desktop consumer electronics innovators - someone whose reputation stands next to Alan Turing and Charles Babbage as a man in the driving seat and setting the direction of the modern computer revolution.