The visionary behind Apple and its incredibly popular devices would have turned 58 this Sunday. Although Jobs, who could always be seen wearing his signature black turtleneck, died in October 2011, his legacy lives on today.
While many of us grew up hearing stories of the introduction of the telephone, the television, and the Internet, we were lucky enough to experience first-hand the mobile and tech revolution that Jobs created.
Popularizing the concept of the PC in the early ’80s, Jobs introduced future users to the mouse as a means of navigating throughout the screen. Fast-forward almost 20 years, and the late Apple CEO brought the world the iPod, iTunes, the MacBook, the iPhone, and most recently before his death, the iPad. The technology titan changed the way we think, work, and consume and use content — Jobs welcomed us with open arms to the digital age, wow-ing us with one game-changing device after another.
Apple now operates more than 300 retail stores in 11 countries, and the company has sold more than 275 million iPods, 100 million iPhones, and 25 million iPads. We’d say they’re doing pretty fine.
Unfortunately, Jobs’ death was not unexpected; he had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2003 and had stepped down as Apple’s chief executive because he could “no longer meet (his) duties and expectations.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said in his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Yet Jobs’ brilliance and energy are still alive today — Apple remains just as detail-oriented when it comes to designing and developing, releasing no new product to the public unless it meets the legacy of Jobs’ exacting standards. Not to mention, you’re bound to receive an email with “Sent from my iPhone” at least once a day, and you can definitely always spot someone listening to music through the signature Apple white headphones.
In addition, Hollywood is recognizing Jobs with a movie about his life: it stars Ashton Kutcher and will hit theaters this April.
So to celebrate the man that revolutionized technology, Celebuzz is taking a look back at the devices Jobs created that changed our lives forever.
Click on the gallery to see them — then let us know in the comments section which is your favorite Apple product.
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