Death. It is one thing we all can count on encountering in our lives–and eventually experience personally. Unfortunately, that time has come for the Jobs family. Steve Jobs was one of America’s the world’s greatest visionaries.
Living in a time where we get to see the evolution of the the PC and its capabilities, the revolution the iPod, iPhone and iPad have had in our everyday lives is amazing. Not to mention iTunes and the shear volume of Apple supporters.
I learned the loss of Mr. Jobs today on Twitter. The news was so new, @NBCSanDiego didn’t even have a link to the AP story yet–because it wasn’t up. I wasn’t even sure (more like hoping) it wasn’t true.
Eventually, I realized it was in fact true. Now that it has been a few hours, many people are weighing in on how Jobs effected their lives. Nathan Burgess (@prcog for those of you on Twitter) has written a beautiful post on his blog, go check it out.
The AP has now published a great timeline of important events regarding Jobs’ life. Some of them are below, you can find the entire timeline here.
1974: Jobs works for video game maker Atari and attends meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Wozniak, a high school friend who was a few years older.
1977: Apple is incorporated by its founders and a group of venture capitalists. It unveils Apple II, the first personal computer to generate color graphics. Revenue reaches $1 million.
1986: Jobs starts Next Inc., a new computer company making high-end machines for universities. He also buys Pixar from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas for $10 million.
1996: Apple announces plans to buy Next for $430 million for the operating system Jobs’ team developed. Jobs is appointed an adviser to Apple. Gil Amelio replaces Spindler as CEO.
1997: Jobs becomes “interim” CEO after Amelio is pushed out. He foreshadows the marketing hook for a new product line by calling himself “iCEO.” Jobs puts an end to Mac clones.
1998: Apple returns to profitability. It shakes up personal computer industry in 1998 with the candy-colored, all-in-one iMac desktop, the original models shaped like a futuristic TV. Apple discontinues the Newton.
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