Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing the filmmaker behind a crowdfunded documentary project covering the history of and enduring community still dedicated to the Apple Newton platform. Noah Leon’s project is called Love Notes to Newton, and it is currently being funded through a campaign on Indiegogo, which you can find here.
Two years ago today I heard the news that I guess we all knew was coming, but that still felt deeply shocking. The news that Steve Jobs had passed away.
Of course, he’s still sorely missed by Apple fans and so many others round the world – not least by those of us who daily enjoy the fruits of some of his great labors. In my case, the iPad and the iPad mini are chief among those.
I still have vivid and fond memories of Jobs’ unveiling of the iPhone back in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. With all due respect to Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and other top Apple execs, Apple events these days just don’t hold a candle to the ones when Jobs was leading the presentations.
He’s in my thoughts today, and the iPad and other Apple products will keep him there for a long time.
I’ve been looking forward to the authorized Steve Jobs biography (simply titled Steve Jobs) by Walter Isaacson ever since it was first announced. And late last night I got my hands on it, along with a wealth of other Jobs related material to enjoy via a number of the devices he ws instrumental in creating.
After watching Game 4 of the World Series I first grabbed the 60 Minutes for iPad app ($4.99 here on the App Store) because I’d forgotten to tune in or record their show last night with lengthy interviews of Isaacson, discussing the biography and Jobs himself at length. The app let me watch those and I viewed them on the big TV screen via AirPlay.
The October 17 issue of Time Magazine has Steve Jobs on its cover, and has a number of excellent tributes to Jobs within its pages – including a brief one from Walter Isaacson, the author of the soon-to-released authorized biography of Jobs.
The issue also features some wonderful photos of Jobs over the years. If you’re a fan of Steve Jobs or at all interested in him, this is a great issue of Time to pick up, as a printed or digital keepsake.
Here are just a few of the quotes and figures in this issue that caught my eye:
— This is the 7th time Jobs has been on the cover of Time – a number the editor says ‘puts him in the category of presidents and other world leaders’.
— The editor’s note also says:
Over the years, we’ve done our best to track the life of a man who changed all our lives irreversibly and for the better.
Tonight’s a very sad night for me, as I’m sure it is for many of you. I still feel more than a little shocked at the news that Steve Jobs has died. I still feel like my thoughts are cloudy and my words are no better.
The death of Steve Jobs feels sad on a general level – the loss of a great, legendary man, a genuine visionary who has had massive impact on so many people’s lives, at such a young age. A great loss for Apple, for the entire tech industry, and for the world.
It also feels sad on a personal level, deeply so. I’ve spent the better part of the last five years using, being fascinated by, and writing about products that he was instrumental in creating.
Our team over at iSource has decided to halt normal service tomorrow and only make minimal posts as brief tributes to Jobs, no standard coverage of other topics, partly due to our sadness at this loss and partly out of respect for the man we’ve lost. I will of course be taking the same approach here. Consider it our almost minute of silence.
The image above is one of the ways I most like remembering Jobs. Presenting the original iPad, another (perhaps his most) game-changing device. He described it as ‘magical and revolutionary’. For some that was over the top hyperbole – for me, the device has lived up to those words. And for me those words are very apt to describe Jobs himself as well.
My daughter walked in the room while I was watching the early TV news coverage of his death. I was still feeling shocked and had very few clear thoughts and even fewer words. I didn’t need to say much though. She uses a Mac Mini at home and in the Computer Labs at her school. She has an iPod Touch that she uses tons. She shares an iPad with her mom and loves it. She has heard me talk about Steve Jobs before.
I told her that he was a great man, a man that she will learn more about in history and other classes as she moves to higher grades in school, a man who has had a big impact on our world, and will be sorely missed by so many of us.
I’ll get back to posting normally on Friday. In the meantime, if you’d like to share any of your thoughts and favorite memories of Steve Jobs please do in the comments.
Oh boy. I guess we all knew there was always a chance of this coming, but it still feels shocking. From reports at 9to5Mac and round the web:
Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
Tim Cook, who has stood in as interim CEO during Jobs’ recent medical leaves, will be taking over as CEO – apparently as part of a long-standing succession plan at Apple.
This phrase sounds encouraging:
In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.
I’ve only just found this out a few minutes ago and have not come close to collecting my thoughts on it. For now I’ll just say I hope this is not an indicator that Jobs’ health is deteriorating and that he will remain involved and be an active chairman.
Image Source: Engadget
That’s great to see. I don’t care if he’s presenting or not; just good to see he’s well enough to be there.
One year ago today Steve Jobs announced the iPad at a special Apple launch event. This is the opening of my post about the unveiling a couple days later:
Here’s how Steve Jobs summed up the new iPad at the Apple launch event just a couple of days ago:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
It’s going to be lots of fun seeing whether the new device can live up to those lofty words.
Well … it sure has been a lot of fun, and I’d say the iPad has absolutely lived up to those words. The advanced technology is evident as soon as you see or interact with the device. The magical part for me is all about its incredibly intuitive user interface that makes it an instant hit with infants to octogenarians (and above). And revolutionary may be the word that fits the iPad best. It has single-handedly made the tablet market the hottest space in the computing world (witness the 80-100 wannabe iPad rivals at CES this month).
Apple has already sold around 15 million iPads (while many analysts thought they’d struggle to sell a million in the first year), predictions for this year are for massive growth in those sales numbers, and it scooped just about every major Best Gadget / Best Product / Best Tech award of 2010. It’s been a huge hit with not just consumers, but also in education and even enterprise markets (Apple recently announced that fully 80% of the Fortune 500 are either piloting or already deploying the iPad to staff).
Image Source: appadvice.com
A slice from an article yesterday at The New York Times:
Shortly before the iPad tablet went on sale last year, Steven P. Jobsshowed off Apple’s latest creation to a small group of journalists. One asked what consumer and market research Apple had done to guide the development of the new product.
“None,” Mr. Jobs replied. “It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”
I’ve always heard talk of Jobs and Apple having this sort of approach, but somehow missed this flat-out expression of it at the iPad unveiling.
Wow. A lot of cojones to take that approach and to come right out and say it that way, but it sure seems to have paid off.
During Apple’s Q4 financial results call today, Steve Jobs had a lot to say about upcoming potential iPad rivals (much more on that later) – including some very choice words on Apple’s view on and the prospects for 7 inch tablets. I think it’s safe to say (unless this is one giant Jobsian ruse) that he has ruled out any 7 inch iPad models coming in future.
Here are some of his words on this (with a little paraphrasing where I couldn’t take notes fast enough):
A 10 inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.
One would think a 7 inch screen is 70% of the benefit of a 10 inch screen – but because of diagonal screen measurment, it’s only 40% – this size is insufficient to create great tablet apps we believe.
7 inch tablets are tweeners – too big to compete with smartphone, too small to compete with tablets
We don’t think you can make a great tablet with a 7 inch screen
Not too much room for doubt there. 7 inch tablet = bad. 10 inch tablet = very good and magical. That’d be my quick synopsis.