There was a time when apple was just a fruit which was prescribed by ancient doctors to their ailing patients for good health.
There was a time when apple was just a fruit that grandmothers and their kitchen protégés would pick from trees in the garden to create homemade sensations to feast on during the holidays.
The children of the new millennium generally perceived the apple in a different light.
In the 21st century, the apple became the symbol of the multi-billion dollar company that created the most innovative electronic gadgets of modern times.
Sophisticatedly embossed on such high tech devices, the apple became a symbol of fashion and technological savvy worn like a badge by trendsetters, techno geeks and business executives, young and old alike, who are proud to be identified with the company’s state-of-the-art merchandise.
Apple Inc., a multinational corporation known for designing and marketing computer software, PCs and consumer electronics, is behind the globally known and profitable electronic innovations such as the Mac computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad and its commercially successful media browser iTunes. These products have immensely helped in propelling Apple Inc. as the current top technology company in the world by revenue and profit.
Behind Apple’s success was a man of grandiose dreams with a definitive vision, a relentless drive to succeed and phenomenal genius.
Such was a man named Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.
In the late 70’s, 21 year old Steve Jobs who was a college dropout, together with co-founder Steve Wozniak, started Apple at his parent’s garage. Their computer business which developed into a huge corporation created and marketed the first commercially successful PCs, the Apple II. In 1978, due to internal conflicts within the company, Jobs was forced to work for Apple’s low-cost computer project called Macintosh. In 1984, Apple launched the Macintosh computer successfully through the innovative and marketing skills of the brilliant Steve Jobs.
In 1985, due to internal conflicts within the senior management ranks, Steve Jobs left the company and set out on his own. He then founded the company NeXT Inc. At that time, Steve had already become a multi-millionaire and a known media figure.
In 1996, Apple which had not been as commercially successful after Steve Jobs’ resignation from the company decided to buy Steve’s company NexT Inc. and take Jobs back on its wings. Jobs was appointed CEO in 1997. From then on, Apple’s marketing direction had always been skyward.
Under Steve Job’s leadership, Apple came back with the innovative and stylish iPod which replaced music CDs. Along with the iPod came the birth of the commercially successful software iTunes which gave music selling and marketing a different face.
In 2007, Steve Jobs reinvented the cellular phone by introducing the iPhone, a sleek touch screen phone that may also be used as a computer and an iPod in one. The fashionable gadget gave its numerous competition which had been ruling the market for years a quick run for their money.
Steve Jobs did not stop there.
In 2010, Apple came out with the iPad, a sleek and fashionable touch screen tablet computer which can function as a computer for internet surfing, watching movies and reading books among others. Moreover, the device could also be used to take pictures like a digital camera.
From then on, Apple became a billion dollar giant in the electronics industry and is enjoying immense success as one of the most sought after brands in the market today.
Unfortunately, the realities behind the successful Apple family were not represented by the wonderful stats and upward profit growth reflected on the company’s sales charts. Sadly, something unforeseen had long been brewing in the Apple camp which could not be stopped nor saved by marketing success alone.
Steve Jobs was dying.
In 2004, Steve developed a rare pancreatic cancer which he had battled with over time. In 2009, he underwent a liver transplant. In August 2011, Steve Jobs submitted his resignation letter to Apple’s Board of Directors as he stepped down from his position as CEO of the company. He proposed the appointment of Timothy Cook to take over his important role in Apple.
Jobs’ resignation stirred quite a commotion among his followers around the world. Most had expressed both sadness and disappointment over the shocking and unfortunate turn of events. While Jobs did not really leave Apple but was just sidelined as one of the members of the board, a large number of people reacted to the news dishearteningly as if Steve Jobs had already left the company.
Maybe people in general are indeed perceptive. Perhaps Steve Job’s announcement to resign from Apple was a premonition.
When the hardworking, relentless and goal-oriented Steve Jobs known for his passion for innovation decided to step down at such a young age, the public refused to believe that he was doing it intentionally.
And they proved themselves right.
Today, Steve Jobs left our world due to elements that even he had no control of.
At 56, he had already accomplished numerous feats that some of us may never achieve in our lifetime. At 56, he had left behind living memories of his genius that will never be forgotten for a long time.
As we use our Macs, iPods, iPhones and iPads for the sheer power and beauty of such modern-day treasures, may we never forget the man who toiled unremittingly to put those in our hands.
Farewell Steve Jobs.
Thank you for giving us the inspiration to dream what we believe we can accomplish, to fight for what we want to achieve with infinite passion in order to obtain and experience the sweetness of success in the end.
You will be missed.
Source : Steve Jobs Wikipedia
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