Co-founder of Apple Inc. and businessman Steve Jobs was born 66 years ago today, if he is still alive he would have celebrated his birthday today.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California to a Muslim Syrian father and a Catholic Swiss and German mother (Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble), but adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.
It was on April 1, 1976, when Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer, becoming CEO, and started producing the Apple I computer, then the Apple II, and in the 1980s the Macintosh.
Jobs resigned from Apple in 1985 during John Sculley’s reign as CEO, he then founded another consumer electronics company NeXT and invested in Pixar and Disney. In the 1980s, Apple’s financial situation was collapsing.
Jobs returned as CEO of Apple in 1997, replacing Gil Amelio, then began reorganizing the company, then a year later, Apple launched the iMac which was a large success that raised the company back to the hard competition. Apple then started producing the next big thing, which became the iPod in 2001.
The iPod revolutionized the music industry and people now can listen to their music library using iTunes, and the device helped Apple to gain the lead ahead during a big competition against longtime rivals like Microsoft and IBM.
But that wasn’t the end, because Jobs began thinking about developing a mobile phone, and on January 9, 2007, with his famous “An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator” that revealed the iPhone, which is still Apple’s biggest and most profitable product that changed the mobile phone industry, with a 3.5″ touch screen and one button on the front.
It’s not every day that we get a revolutionary product that really changes the way we use technology, and the iPhone reveal on January 9, 2007, was a historic day for consumer electronics.
Apple challenged (then smartphone giant) Nokia, and new competitors came in from all sides. Samsung, Google, Microsoft, all came to influence the smartphone market, which led to the fall and collapse of Nokia and now replaced today by these consumer giants.
Jobs then unveiled the iPad in 2010, and his final product, the iPhone 4 in 2011. He passed away aged 56 on October 5, 2011, four months after the launch of the iPhone 4.
Jobs left a long-lasting legacy to his fans, innovators, and many people, and he was one of the most influential people in the world. Current CEO Tim Cook replaced Jobs after his death, and the company is still one of the largest corporations in the world.