Steve Jobs: The Innovator. The Brand. The Family Man.
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Steve Jobs changed the technological world as we know it. No matter what personal opinions one held towards him, it cannot be denied that he was an innovator and with his leadership, brought to life things that everyone at one point , only dreamed about as children.
At the age of 21 and from humble beginnings, he launched the first Apple computer from his parent's garage along with Steve Wozniak. Soon after the Apple I computer was launched and in 1977 the Apple II was introduced.
1997, Apple purchased NeXt Inc. 1998, iMac was released. In 2001 Jobs changed the world of music by debuting the iPod. 2002 the iMac was redesigned and introduced. 2003 Jobs introduced iTunes thus changing the world of piracy by providing music for a little as 99 cents. 2007, Jobs introduced the iPhone and changed the market completely. 2010, Jobs tapped into the then small market of tablets and introduced the "Kindle Killer" known as the iPad.
He changed and molded technology as we know it but, he just wasn't Apple, he was an ordinary guy who loved his family.
His neighbor, Lisen Stromberg said, "Steve Jobs isn’t just an icon, he’s also the guy who lives down the street." She wrote about seeing him swim in the pool with his son, being greeted by him dressed up as Frankenstein on Halloween and stating that not only was he an icon and a genius but, he was a good neighbor.
Stromberg stated, "While Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and CNET continue to drone on about the impact of the Steve Jobs era, I won’t be pondering the MacBook Air I write on or the iPhone I talk on. I will think of the day I saw him at his son’s high school graduation. There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma and walked on into his own bright future leaving behind a good man and a good father who can be sure of the rightness of this, perhaps his most important legacy of all."
On October 5, Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56, not only the man behind Apple, the icon--but, Steve Jobs the husband, the father, the family man.