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.
If you still didn’t get a chance to watch Steve Jobs’ keynote for WWDC 2010, or you just don’t have an hour and a half available to take it all in, the customary ‘Super Condensed’ version has now come out – so you can get the highlights and the gist of it in under 5 minutes.
I love these shortened versions of the Apple event keynote presentations.
Just in case you hadn’t already heard, the official Apple video of Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2010 keynote address is out now at the Apple site. If you didn’t get enough news yesterday on the keynote and the new iPhone 4 announcement, or you just want to see how Steve coped when there were ‘network issues’ and his demos were failing, then you don’t need to wait any longer.
Check out the video at Apple’s page here:
As expected, it has been confirmed by Steve himself that free ePub ebooks can be synced to the iPad via iTunes.
Apparently Steve Jobs is continuing to reply to user questions on all things iPhone and iPad – this time even firing off a reply from his iPad. This one was in reply to a question about whether we’ll be able to load free ePub format ebooks onto the iPad via iTunes.
This is great news if you’re a fan of grabbing up classics from sources like the superb Project Gutenberg. Another reason to look forward to seeing the iBooks app in action.
So apparently Steve Jobs has not got enough to do in these weeks leading up to the iPad launch. Or he does, but he still finds spare time to answer user questions about the upcoming device directly via his iPhone and iPad.
9to5Mac let us know a couple days ago that Jobs had replied to an email asking whether the WiFi only version will support tethering through an iPhone. Jobs’ reported one word reply, straight from his iPhone: