The legacy of Steve Jobs

The legacy of Steve Jobs

Summary: Whether you loved or hated Steve Jobs, his affect on people was profound.

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Steve Jobs brought out the best and worst in people. He was a perfectionist at work, demanding the best from his team. Whether you loved him or hated him, his affect on people was profound.

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It's no secret that I was not fond of Steve Jobs, nor Apple's business practices. But I can dislike someone and still acknowledge their accomplishments.

As the driving force behind Apple, the company created products that have been widely successful. It's my belief that Steve Jobs' passion for creating products that he wanted to use, not just sell, was what set him and Apple above the rest of the personal technology market.

The landscape of personal computing would be dramatically different if it hadn't been for Steve Jobs. We would still have computers and mp3 players and smartphones. But without that dynamic drive and marketing vision that Jobs brought to the table, there would have been less impetus to innovate and create.

I don't know if I would consider Steve Jobs a visionary for creating the future. But I do think that he was able to envision the broad spectrum of technology, and direct his engineers and designers to create products that would dominate the market. Steve was a man who could see the big picture, and also could focus on the smallest details of products until he was satisfied that he would be happy to use them.

Of course, there were times that Apple released products that Steve wasn't happy with. He certainly wasn't happy with MobileMe. The products he was happiest with were the ones where he had a direct hand in design and development.

Aesthetics were just as important as functionality. A product that was beautiful to look at as well as use was evident when he would present them at a conference. He could get the crowd excited about a product because he was excited about it.

I've said my piece elsewhere about the negative aspects of Steve's personality. This is not the time to go into them. This is a time for reflection upon the life of a man whose drive and passion made an indelible mark on technology and the world. At the very least, Steve Jobs should be remembered for this if nothing else.

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  • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs was a genius at marketing. But he invented nothing . Just used what others had made , and repackaged it cleverly, then sold it world wide . Like NOKIA did with their smart phones. Jobs created work for hundreds thousands of Chinese at the massive FOXCONN manufacturing plants in China. where workers are driven like slaves. So remember folks, there is no such thing as a one sided coin. Do any one know who Donald Davies of England is . He is the guy who developed 'package-switching network" on which www. is based. And without which Apple products could not function. NO I am not anti-Apple and admire the genius of Jobs marketing skill. But that is where it ends . But our trashy media feeds the masses with only the sensational stories (one-sided), Its Jobs today . Amanda Knox yesterday . And who knows tomorrow ?.
    GalacticCannibal
    • Created Apple, credited in plenty of patents

      @GalacticCannibal, like many, under acknowledges Apple (the company Steve created) and Jobs contribution. <br><br>Apple defined the GUI used today on both the desktop and mobile. Of course this was built on earlier ideas, most notably Xerox PARC, but they went way beyond that work. <br><br>Apple has gone on to redefine the model used to distribute music, and now software. This at a time other were calling their end. <br><br>You can read about some of Steve's 300+ patent contributions here:<br><br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/steve-jobs-and-the-patents-that-changed-our-lives/2011/10/06/gIQARV4YQL_gallery.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/steve-jobs-and-the-patents-that-changed-our-lives/2011/10/06/gIQARV4YQL_gallery.html</a>
      Richard Flude
    • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

      @GalacticCannibal

      Karl Benz didn't invent the wheel and axle, nor the carriage, nor the gasoline engine. He merely took existing inventions, cleaned them up a bit, and packaged them into a consumer product. Does that make his work any less great?

      I also understand that he was a manager and not the guy getting his hands dirty. But also understand that they people getting their hands dirty did what they did under Jobs' direction. If you don't want to call him an inventor, you at least have to call him a visionary. He did drive and mold the market into what it is today, both on the PC end and on the mobile computing end.
      Michael Kelly
    • Jobs invented hundreds of things -- both bigger and small; just because ...

      @GalacticCannibal: ... it does not fit into your made-up cliche, it does not mean that the cliche all of sudden becomes reality.

      But more than apparatus/method/design inventions, Jobs was about conceptual inventions.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

    I agree, I described him as the Ultimate Pitchman with OCD, kind of a cross between Billy Mays and Melvin Udall but this guy is given final say over your final product!
    slickjim
    • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

      @Peter Perry Which is why Apple products consistently have higher customer satisfaction ratings than other companies products. I honestly believe that one of the biggest problems with Windows, is the fact that its put on PoS hardware. But that is one side effect of trying to be everything to everyone. I see that as one of Microsoft???s biggest challenges in Mobile. The company has decided to pursue a Windows on everything strategy, even if it does not fit. I do not need an OS on a refrigerator, nor do I need one on a toaster. But Microsoft wants to have every device in our daily lives have Windows on it. This will always be one of their biggest headaches.
      Rick_Kl
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  • There is nothing that bad can be said about Jobs that should not be said ..

    ... now.<br><br>For example, he was very brash at times. However, it is not because of arrogance, but because since being 17 he knew that the life is short and there is no time for polite lies, the brutal truth (at least how he honestly sees) is the shortest way.<br><br>Most of the times Jobs was not arrogant, despite some media cliche about it; he was, more accurately saying, confident or, sometimes, over confined. But this was always about ideas, not about his own importance. This is why he was always talking "we", even when something was done actually by himself. And this is why he never forgot to pay respects to his collaborators, always putting them in the front ("Woz and I", for example, when speaking about early days of Apple).<br><br>So while work relations with Jobs have often were difficult, his ulterior motive was nothing self-serving and nothing less than than missionary. Even people who were harmed by Jobs' impossible requirements, understand it now, according to their testimonies.<br><br>As to business practices, there is nothing really to accuse Jobs of. <b>Can you imagine William Gates paying anything for conceptual windows UI ideas, or many other?</b> But Jobs paid with million of Apple shares, when he arranged two-weeks entrance to Xerox PARC.
    DDERSSS
  • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

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    akinyapi
  • RE: The legacy of Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs was a marketing genius. He knew what would work, and what wouldn't. He may not have invented the technologies, but he knew what to do with them, improve them, and use them in products designed to be attractive and user friendly. Our lives wouldn't be the same if he hadn't been here.
    loooney2ns