Steve Jobs

"The Pioneer of a Revolution"
"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me."
  • Feb 25 1955
    Steve Jobs is Born
    Gradute student Joanne Schieble gives birth in San Francisco to a boy who is adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, Calif., and named Steven Paul Jobs.
  • 1976
    Apple is Founded
    College dropouts Steve Jobs, 21, and Steve Wozniak, 26, build the first Apple computer in a garage in Los Altos, Calif. The pair raise $1,300 by selling a van and two calculators and launch Apple as a company on April Fools’ Day.
  • 1977
    Apple II Computers are Sold
    The first Apple II computers go on sale for $1,295 and become an instant hit. The Apple II is the first computer to display color images and the first to come with a keyboard, and in 1979 it becomes the first to offer a “killer app” – Visicalc – a spreadsheet program.
  • 1984
    The Macitonish is Released
    The Macintosh, which Jobs envisions as “the people’s computer,” is introduced. It incorporates key elements of the Lisa such as a mouse and features a revolutionary graphical interface. Apple airs its legendary “1984” advertisement during the Super Bowl, and sells 70,000 Macs in the first 100 days. Watch Apple’s Super Bowl broadcast. Apple’s Lisa computer, named after Jobs’ oldest daughter, bombed, perhaps because of its $10,000 price, leading Jobs to bring in John Sculley as president of the company.
  • 1985
    Jobs is Fired from Apple
    With Mac sales stagnating and the company wracked by infighting, Sculley ousts Jobs in a dramatic boardroom coup. In the following year he founds Next Computer and buys George Lucas’ computer graphics division, which eventually becomes Pixar Animation Studios.
  • 1991
    Apple Suffers
    Apple’s profit and market share slide. The company lays off 10% of its work force, introduces lowcost Macs and negotiates an alliance with rival IBM Corp. Two years later, Apple’s board ousts company president John Sculley for not paying enough attention to daytoday operations. A wave of executive departures and poor forecasting of demand leave Apple in disarray even as the PC market booms.
  • 1996
    Jobs is a Part of Apple Again
    Apple buys Jobs’ Next Computer Inc. and hires him as an consultant. He is named iterim cheif executive the next year and just being a consultant. With the help of Jobs, the company start to become profitable again, with the introduction of its translucent, brightly colored iMac and iBook computers.
  • 2001
    Apple Redefines Music with the iPod
    With Jobs as the permanent CEO, Apple transforms the way people consume music with the introduction of the iPod. More than 300 million iPods have been sold since. Two years later iTunes is released and sells a million songs within a week.
  • 2004
    Jobs Battles with Cancer
    Jobs undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer. The next year, in a speech at Stanford University, Jobs addresses his bout with cancer. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.”
  • 2007
    Apple releases the iPhone
    Apple revolutionizes the cellphone industry by introducing the iPhone. More than 73 million have been sold since.
  • 2010
    Apple releases the iPad
    Apple introduces the iPad, selling more than 7 million of them. The company surpasses Microsoft as the largest technology company by stock market value.
  • 2011
    Jobs Passes Away
    In January, Jobs announces he will be taking another medical leave, for unspecified reasons. In August, Jobs steps down as Apple's chief executive. In October, Jobs dies after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
All material from Los Angeles Times
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