Steve Jobs changed computers, phones, laptops and music players forever. Those devices will never be the same because of him. He made technology so advanced using his intellectuality and his creativity. He invented many of Apple's products as well as created the animation company, Pixar, which won 20 Academy Awards and generated over 7 billion dollars. He impacted mine and everybody's life by making technology better and easier to use.
Why Steve Jobs Made My Life Easier
Steve Jobs has impacted my life by making things easier. For example, he made computers small enough to fit in a bag. Remember how 10 years ago a computer was like a giant cube, because of him they are small and portable. That is good for me because it saves a lot of space on my desk and I could do homework pretty much anywhere with wifi. When I was really young if I wanted to listen to music I had to go out and buy CDs and carry around a big CD player , but now I have a small, easy to use iPod that carries thousands of songs. Steve Jobs also decided to make our phones play music, so now iPods aren't even necessary because one iPhone can also be used as a music player.
Steve Jobs Early Life
Steve Jobs was born on, February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California. His biological father was Syrian, Abdulfattah John Jandali and his mother was American, Joanne Carole Schieble and both of his parents were University of Wisconsin graduate students. When Steve was born, Joanne's parents didn't let her keep him because the father of her baby was another ethnicity, so Steve Jobs was put for adoption the moment he was born. Steve never wanted to meet his biological father, but met him in the 1980s.
He was adopted by Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs who was an Armenian American. Schieble signed papers with Steve's adoptive parents as an agreement to make sure he goes to college. His adoptive parent's named him Steven Paul Jobs.
In a biography, Steve said that his adoptive parents “were my parents 1000%”.
Steve grew up in Mountain View, California. His mother, Clara worked as an accountant and his father, Paul was a Coast Guard Veteran and machinist. When Steve was a young boy he and his father would work on electronics in their garage. He would learn how to take apart and put back together electronic parts which eventually became Steve's hobby. In elementary school, he was a prankster. His fourth grade teacher needed to bribe him to study. Steve did study and tested really good in school that the administers wanted to skip him 5th grade and go straight to high school. His parent's didn't want him to skip too many years of school, so he just skipped 5th grade and went straight to middle school.
Meeting Business Partner: Steve Wozniak
In 1971 Steve enrolled at Homestead High school. That is where he met his future business partner, Steve Wozniak. Wozniak said in a 2007 ABC News interview that the reason they became good friends was because :
"We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips," Wozniak said. "Very few people, especially back then had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world."
How Apple Started
After graduating high school Steve attended Reed Collage located in Portland, Oregon. He dropped out second semester. According to Time magazine, it was because it put too much of a strain on his parents' finances, Reed is a very expensive private school.
- In 1974, Steve worked as a video game designer with the company, Atari, but he quit that job after a few months.
- In 1976, Steve and his high school friend Wozniak started Apple Computer. They started that company in the family garage. They got the money to start Apple by Steve selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his scientific calculator.
Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson of 60 minutes that they named their company “Apple” because he was "on one of my fruitarian diets" and had just come back from an apple farm, and thought the name sounded "fun, spirited and not intimidating”.
Writing in his 2006 book, iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak explains it this way:
"It was a couple of weeks later when we came up with a name for the partnership. I remember I was driving Steve Jobs back from the airport along Highway 85. Steve was coming back from a visit to Oregon to a place he called an “apple orchard.” It was actually some kind of commune. Steve suggested a name – Apple Computer. The first comment out of my mouth was, “What about Apple Records?” This was (and still is) the Beatles-owned record label. We both tried to come up with technical-sounding names that were better, but we couldn’t think of any good ones. Apple was so much better, better than any other name we could think of”.
The Beginnings of Apple's Success
Steve Jobs hired John Scully of Pepsi-Cola to be the president of Apple. Apple became so successful.
- It earned $774,000 in its first year.
- Within three years it earned $139 million.
- By 1980 it had a market value of 1.2 billion dollars.
The apple company started to lose money because costumers weren't liking the new designs and resulted in many recalls.
“In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, marketing the computer as a piece of a counter culture lifestyle: romantic, youthful, creative. But despite positive sales and performance superior to IBM's PCs, the Macintosh was still not IBM compatible.” PC's were dominating Apple. John Scully thought it was Steve's fault for ruining apple and fired him. John Scully explains the situation like this:
"Steve went into a deep depression," As a result, "Steve came to me and he said, 'I want to drop the price of the Macintosh and I want to move the advertising, shift a large portion of it away from the Apple 2 over to the Mac."
I responded, "Steve, it's not going to make any difference. The reason the Mac is not selling has nothing to do with the price or with the advertising. If you do that, we risk throwing the company into a loss." And he just totally disagreed with me. Well, I'm gonna go to the board."
Steve said, “I don't believe you'll do it.”
And I said, “Watch me”.
Steve Jobs Meeting His Biological Dad
As I mentioned earlier, Steve Jobs did not want to meet his biological father but, ended up meeting him by accident. Steve said in an interview for, CBS 60 minutes, he met his biological mother and father in the 1980s. Here is what Steve Jobs said in the interview:
"When I was looking for my biological mother, obviously I was looking for my biological father at the same time. I learned a little bit about him, and I didn't like what I learned. It turns out he managed or owned a restaurant, and I was in the restaurant once or twice, and I remember meeting the owner, who was from Syria. I shook his hand, and he shook mine."
Steve also met a woman named, Mona, who was his biological parent's second child that they decided to keep. As the interview for, CBS 60 Minutes continued the host, Mr. Isaacson said: "Mona goes to the coffee shop, meets this guy, Mr. Jandali who's running it, who says among other things when she asks, how sorry he is. Then he said that he had had another child. Mona said: 'What happened to him?'
Jundali replied: 'Oh, I don't know, we'll never hear from him again'.
Steve Jobs remembered as a child that when his neighbor found out that he was adopted.
"She said: 'So does that mean your real parents didn't want you?'
Steve said, “Lightning bolts went off in my head, I remember running into the house, I think I was like crying, asking my parents. And they sat me down and they said: 'No, you don't understand. We specifically picked you out.'" Then Steve added: "From then on, I realized that I was not just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special".
Steve Jobs - Legacy and Death
Steve went on to change the world. On February 3, 1986, Steve Jobs bought an animation company from George Lucas for $10 million. It was named, Pixar Animation Studios. Steve invested $50 million of his own money into the company. You may know Pixar as the produces of very popular animated movies like “The Incredibles”, “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story”. Pixar Films made a net worth of $4 billion dollars. In 1997, Steve jobs went back to being Apple's CEO. As years went by Steve created the iPhone, Macbook air and iPod. Later Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion dollars and made Steve Jobs as a board member of Disney.
Steve jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. That did not stop him from working to change technology reinventing new products. “In 2008, iTunes became the second biggest music retailer in America-second only to Wal-Mart. Half of Apple's current revenue comes from iTunes and iPod sales, with 200 million iPods sold and six billion songs downloaded. For these reasons, Apple has been ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," as well as No. 1 among Fortune 500 companies for returns to shareholders”. Steve jobs died on October 5, 2011 in Palo Alto, California after battling eight years of pancreatic cancer.
He has been influential in my life because technology is a big part of it. Since I'm in college, many of my homework assignments require a computer and even some of my tests are online. Steve Jobs has also been influential in every other students' lives and also he created jobs for thousands of people. There are over 400 apple retail stores around 14 countries. Technology is easier to use, cheaper, smaller and accessible to everyday people because of Steve Jobs.
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