The sad demise of Steve Jobs-the Apple co-founder who recently quit his position as a CEO-spread a mourning wave across the world. Jobs died on Wednesday, at the age of 56, after his long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, since his operation in 2004.
A cofounder of the benchmark companies such as Apple and NeXT Inc, and a wide contributor to the success of the Pixar Animation Studios-the maker of the world’s first fully computer-generated feature movie, Toy Story–led a revolutionary life adoring technology. However, in his later days, in an interview with Gary Wolf, he said that he didn’t care about revolutionizing society as technology could not solve the most important problems we face.
Outpourings of sympathy swept from various parts of the world as fiends, rivals, state leaders and fans gathered to pay their last respect to the man who touched countless lives through Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Recently Steve Jobs resigned his position as Apple’s CEO and handed it over to a long-time operation chief, Tim Cook, saying that he could no longer fulfill his duties as a chief executive.
Apple has been similarly guarded about the circumstances of his death, saying only that their chairman was surrounded by his wife Laurene and immediate family. Jobs had four children from two relationships.
Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson is heard of writing Job’s biography. On questioning Jobs as to why he wanted his biography written he said, “I wanted my kids to know me.” In his final interview at his home in Palo Alto, California, Jobs told Isaacson “I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
The story of an Icon who drove technology
Jobs led a secretive or rather ascetic life. Starting with Apple in his parent’s garage with one more partner, Jobs in real sense, was a college drop-out and led a mediocre life during his graduation period. Jobs excellence spoke through the technical revolution he brought about in the world.
Soon after his birth, Jobs was given for an adoption by his young, unwed, college-graduate mother. His adoptive parents belonged to a mediocre, working class people who never went to the college and saved for Jobs education, but he dropped after six months.
Sources revealed that Jobs worked and earned some amount to get his both ends meet. He considered every set back as a chance that opened new opportunity. Even in his last days, when Isaacson visited Jobs in his house, he found Jobs curled up in some pain. Jobs had abandoned his first floor bedroom and opted for the one downstairs as he was weak to climb up the stairs, repeatedly. “…But his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant,” Isaacson wrote in an essay on Time.com.
Jobs changed the technology world in 1970s, when Apple II became the first popular personal computer. With Macintosh in 1984, Jobs showed his charisma again. A rebel streak got him out of the Apple in the year 1985; however, he returned with a bang in 1997 and released the iPod, iPhone, etc…
In the absence of a computer wizard and Apple’s godfather, Apple faces challenges as Google Android’s software are gaining share in the Smartphone market, and there are questions about what Apple’s next big product will be. Jobs was the marketing guru and its worth watching how good Cook performs his role as a new CEO of the Company that changed the word “Technology”.