Steve Jobs development: from computer fan to billionaire
Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder of Apple, the creator of well-designed and elegant computers. It was Jobs who started working with inventor Stephen Wozniak to develop one of the first PCs. In addition to his Apple heritage, Jobs was also a skilled businessman who became a multi-millionaire by the age of 30. In 1984, he founded NeXT computers. And in 1986, he bought a division of Lucasfilm Ltd and founded Pixar Animation Studio.
Jobs was born on 24 February 1955 in Los Altos, California. During the summer holidays, he worked in Hewlett-Packard, where he first met with his future partner Stephen Wozniak. This acquaintance played a huge role in the formation of Steve Jobs, as the founder of Apple Corporation.
As a student, Jobs studied physics, literature, and poetry at Reed College, Oregon. Although he only formally completed one semester at Reed College. However, Steve stayed in Reed, drawing attention to the calligraphy class, and later he described these classes as the reason why Apple computers had such elegant fonts.
In 1974, Stephen and Wozniak joined Atari, one of the leading companies in the production of personal computers. Together, the future founders of Apple teamed up to develop games for Atari computers. Jobs spent a lot of time at Wozniak’s home computer club, a home for computer fans, and a source of invaluable information in PC field.
Steve Jobs development as the founder of Apple Corporation
One day Stephen and Wozniak decided that their knowledge is enough to try their hand at creating their own computer. Using Jobs’s family garage as a work area, the team released 50 fully assembled computers, which were sold to Mountain View under the name Byte Shop. The success of the sales prompted the inventors to found Apple Corporation on 1 April 1979.
Apple is named after Jobs’ favorite fruit. And its logo was a fruit with a bitten part. The bite represented a play on words – bite and byte. Jobs and Wozniak invented Apple I and Apple II computers. The latest model went down in history as one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers. In 1984, Wozniak and Jobs created Apple Macintosh, the first successful home computer with a graphical user interface controlled by a mouse pointing device. In the early 80’s Jobs controlled the business side of Apple Corporation, and Wozniak controlled the design part. However, the struggle for power with the Board of Directors led to the fact that the first one left Apple.
After that, Steve founded NeXT – a high-class computer company. Ironically, Apple bought NeXT in 1996, and Jobs returned to Apple to become its CEO again from 1997 to 2011.
After Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997, Apple Computers received a renaissance in product development with iPhone, iMac, iPad, iPod and others.
During his life, Jobs was listed as the inventor and co-author of 342 US patents, from computer and portable device technologies to user interfaces, speakers, keyboards, power adapters, fasteners, straps. His latest patent was for Mac OS x Dock user interface and was presented the day before his death.