This morning, I woke up to find the headline staring at me: Steve Jobs has died! RIP, Steve Jobs!
I first had a look at the Apple Mac while at SBP Consultants & Engineers back in 1988. I was pleasantly surprised to find a computer that could do desktop publishing that well! By then, Jobs had gone out of Apple, fired by John Sculley, then Apple's CEO, sometime in 1985.
Jobs only returned to Apple in 1996, a time when he had floated PIXAR and of course, NeXT -- the company that Apple eventually bought and with that, returned Jobs to Apple. The rest, as they say, is history!
First, Jobs, and of course, Apple, brought color to computers, when the iMac line was launched. I remember seeing the entire line in Hong Kong! The iMacs were followed by the 'now very well known' iBook!
Next, Jobs focused on the music industry, and that led to the creation of the revolutionary iPod, as well as the Apple Store. I remember several suppliers in Hong Kong and China telling me that they were grateful to Apple for 'rewriting the musical devices history' with the iPod. Those suppliers were very much in business, and continue to remain so, till today.
And then, the iPhone happened in 2007! The iPhone 4S, launched yesterday, serves as a reminder of Jobs' vision and strategy. The iPhone caught everyone in the telecom industry napping! Suddenly, there was a rush to produce iPhone clones or iPhone-like phones. Of course, this also hit a major telecom player in a big way!
Today, smartphones are all the rage! But, believe it or not, no one, yes, no one, has actually come close to what Apple and Steve Jobs have managed to do with the iPhone.
The revolutionary iPad, which hit the streets in 2010, literally gave a new lease of life to computing! It also opened a new section - tablets - in front of the computing world. Today, all of the tablets that you get to see from numerous players is only because of Jobs and Apple!
This August, Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO. Who knew that he would pass away to eternity in early October? There is a message on Apple's site, which I am pasting here:
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."