In remembrance of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of the tech giant Apple, and the great achievements that he has made in the world and the remarkable additions that he has added to today’s modern technology and Huffingtonpost have put together a brief timeline of all the important stops in the life of this great man.
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1955: Stephen Paul Jobs was born on the 24th of February.
1972: Jobs jons in Reed College in Portland, but decides to drop out after only one semester.
1974: Jobs works for Atari, which was a video game maker. He was also attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club at the time, with him was Steve Wozniak, who is a high school friend and is a few years older than Jobs.
1976: The first ever Apple Computer is formed on April Fools’ Day, not long after that Wozniak and Jobs create a new computer circuit board in a Silicon Valley garage. The Apple I computer goes on sale by the summer of that year for the price of $666.66.
1977: During this year Apple was incorporated by its founders and some venture capitalists. They launched the Apple II, which was the first personal computer to have colored graphic, the device finds a massive acceptance by customers which leads sales to shoot up to an amazing $1 million a year. Considering $1 million at the time was an unthinkable number.
1978: Jobs and his then girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, had their first daughter, named Lisa.
1979: Jobs is inspired by a computer with graphical user interface that he saw during a visit to Xerox PARC.
1980: Apple goes public, raising $110 million. That was the biggest initial public offering then and is still to this date.
1982: Annual sales shoot up to $1 billion.
1983: The Lisa computer goes on sale, but was pulled only two year after. Steve decides to hire John Sculley as the CEO of Apple.
1984: The Macintosh computer goes on sale.
1985: Jobs and Sculley start to clash, which then leads to Hobs giving in his resignation. Wozniak then also resigns from Apple.
1986: Jobs starts a new computer company calling it “Next Inc” and solely focuses on making and developing high-end machines for universities. During this year he also decides to buys Pixar George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, for $10 million.
1989: First NeXT computer is launched with a price of $6,500.
1991: An alliance is formed between Apple and IBM Corp. as they decided to work together to develop PC microprocessors and software. Apple announces PowerBook portable Macintoshes.
1993: Apple introduces the Newton, which is a hand-held, pen-based computer. However, the company face a loss with this latest device., reports state that their loss reached up to a staggering $188 million in July, this fiasco lead to CEO Sculley being replaced by Apple president Michael Spindler. Apple is restructured and Sculley resigns. At Next, Jobs decides that his next step would be to focus on the software of the computer.
1994: Apple introduces Power Macintosh computers which are based on the PowerPC chip and are developed with IBM and Motorola. Apple decides to license its operating software, this license will allow other companies to copy the Macintosh.
1995: Microsoft Corp. launches the Windows 95, which is easier to use and is greatly slimier to the Macintosh. Apple faces strong competition and struggle due to having shortages in product parts and making mistakes in estimating their customer demand. Pixar’s “Toy Story,” which is the first commercial computer-animated feature, hits theaters and becomes a massive success which then leads Pixar to go to Wall Street with an IPO that raises $140 million.
1996: Apple announces their intentions to buy Next for $430 million, for the operating system Jobs’ team developed. The deal was sealed in the year after.
1997: Steve Jobs returns to work at Apple as an adviser, then he was appointed as CEO after Amelio is let go. Jobs first decision was to put an end to Mac clones.
1998: Apple become profitable again and launch their first iMac. This was a blue-and-white computer and monitor in one that set Apple, this device sets Apple back on the path to success again. Apple then decide to discontinue the Newton.
2000: Jobs becomes officially the CEO of Apple
2001: The first iPod goes on sale, as well as computers with OS X, which is the modern Mac operating system and is based on Next software.
2003: Apple launches the iTunes music store selling about 200,000 songs at a price of 99 cents each, this new invention gives people a way to buy music legally online. 1 million songs sell in only the in the first week of sales.
2004: Jobs is diagnosed with a curable form of pancreatic cancer and has surgery.
2005: Apple makes additions to the iPod line by inventing the tiny Nano iPod and an iPod that can play video. The company also announces to the public that future Macs will use Intel chips.
2006: Disney buys Pixar for $7.4 billion. Jobs as a result of the purchase becomes Disney’s largest individual shareholder, and we are told that much of his wealth is derived from this sale individually.
2007: The first smartphone from Apple is released, calling it the iPhone. Customers camp overnight at stores to be able to get their hands on the new revolutionary device.
2008: Rumors mount that Jobs is ill, which is explained by his weight loss. In September he kicks off an Apple event and says, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” making a play off a famous Mark Twain quote after Bloomberg News accidentally publishes.
2009: Jobs faced severe loss of weight and explained this by saying that he was suffering from a treatable hormone imbalance and that he will still be able to continue the running of Apple.However to everyone’s shock only a few days after his statement he announces he will be on medical leave. He returns to work in June. Later it is learned that he received a liver transplant during his medical leave.
2010: iPad sales reach 15 million units. This was Apple’s newest gadget that have a new meaning to modern touch-screen tablet computers.
January 17th, 2011: Jobs announces a second medical leave with no set duration. Tim Cook, The Chief Operating Officer will run day-to-day operations. Jobs said he will be in charge of major decisions.
August 24th, 2011: Apple announces the resigning of Jobs as CEO of the company. Jobs was replaced by Tim Cook, however he stayed as chairman of Apple.
October 5th, 2011: Steve Jobs announced dead, a day after the launch of the iPhone 4S.