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Biography Of Steve Jobs and Apple: A Modern Day Hero

Updated on April 21, 2014
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Susan is a science geek, and if that wasn't enough, she gets all nerdy over technology too. She is also a writer too.

Steve Jobs holding the futuristic iPhone 4.
Steve Jobs holding the futuristic iPhone 4. | Source

Steve Jobs: The Modern Day Genius

Steve Jobs has created a technological revolution, by creating magical smartphones, flawless iPads and light MacBooks. He has made technology a huge part of our lives, that many of us could not live without. He has turned our lives upside down, for the better and is classified as a modern day hero.

As much as we use the technology he created, many of us do not know his life story and how his amazing inventions came to light. In this hub, you will find out about his life story and how Apple came to light.

Before he created the iPhone, a touchscreen smartphone, mobile phones were old and outdated. They lacked that magical touch that the iPhone's had. Computers were old and hard to use. However, after an Apple employee came with the Macintosh, things changed. Because of the fast-moving pace that Steve Jobs and his company were leading, other companies had to improve on their products, causing technology to improve and improve. The end result? A technological revolution where so many of us have smartphones, use social networking sites, iPads, iPods, whizz computers and laptops, downloadable music and so much more.
Without Steve Jobs, the 21st Century would still be as old and outdated as ever, stuck in a time warp and that is why Steve Jobs is considered as a modern day hero.

His childhood home in California.
His childhood home in California. | Source

Early Life

Steve Jobs was adopted at birth by Paul Reinhold Jobs and Clara Jobs, who was an Armenian American. When asked about his adoptive parents, Jobs stated that they were his parents 1,000% and nothing would change that. His family home can be seen on the right.

Paul, Job's father worked as a mechanic and a carpenter. His father showed him how to work on electronics in the family garage. As a result, Steve became interested electronics and making circuits. Jobs frequently played pranks on others in elementary school. Because of his exceptional school grades, his teachers recommended that he skip two grades but in the end his parents wanted him to skip only one grade. Quite incredible!

At Homestead, Jobs became friends with Bill Fernandez, a neighbour who shared the same interests in technology. Fernandez introduced Jobs to another friend of his, older computer whiz kid, Steve Wozniak.

Following high school graduation, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Oregon. Reed was an expensive college which his parents could barely afford. Jobs dropped out of college after six months. He spent the next 18 months dropping in on a course about calligraphy.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

This is the 'official' Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, which is fantastically written and clearly shows the passion Jobs had for his vision. The composition of this book was made from over 100 interviews Walter had with Jobs as well as family, friends and employees talking about their experiences with Steve. It is an amazing book and is a huge bestseller, with hundreds of thousands of people having read this wonderful book.

 

The Creation of The Apple Computer Company

In 1971, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak met and Wozniak single-handedly invented the Apple One Computer. When he showed it to Jobs, he suggested to sell it. Jobs, Wozniak and Ronald Wayne began to make the Apple Computer in their garage in order to sell it. They got funding from an Intel product-marketing manager. They called their business 'The Apple Computer Company' in remembrance of Jobs spending a happy summer picking apples.

Jobs lured the CEO of Pepsi-Cola, John Sculley and said to him, "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?". John Sculley then became a leader of Apple. However, Sculley believed Jobs to be bad for the company who sent out lengthy faxes and kept meetings running past midnight.

Their relationship within the company began to deteriorate and Apple's board of directors sided with Sculley. They removed Jobs from the managerial position of the Macintosh division. Five months later, he resigned.

Did You Know?

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web on a NeXT computer at CERN.

A NeXTstation computer, which was later bought by Apple for $7 million.
A NeXTstation computer, which was later bought by Apple for $7 million. | Source

The NeXT Computer and Pixar

After leaving Apple, Steve founded NeXT Computer with $7 million. A year later, Jobs was running out of money, and with no new products to release, he appealed for investment. He attracted the attention of billionaire Ross Perot who invested heavily in the company.

The revised, second-generation NeXTcube was released in 1990. Jobs stated it as the first "interpersonal" computer that would replace the personal computer. With its new NeXTMail multimedia email system, this computer could share voice, image, graphics, and video in email for the first time. "Interpersonal computing is going to revolutionize human communications and groupwork", Jobs told the media.

In 1986, Jobs bought Pixar for the price of $10 million. The first film produced by the partnership, Toy Story (1995), with Jobs credited as executive producer, brought fame and critical acclaim to the studio when it was released.

Steve Jobs holding the new iPad in 2010.
Steve Jobs holding the new iPad in 2010. | Source

Jobs' Return To Apple

In 1996, Apple said that they would buy the NeXT Computer for 427 million dollars. In late 1996, Jobs was brought back into the company when the deal was finalized. Under his guidance, Apple's sales improved and grew steadily. They began to branch out into other areas such as the music industry with the introduction of the iPod and iTunes, the mobile phone industry with the iPhone and the invention of the iPad.

Jobs was characterized as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of his time and a man who had profoundly changed the face of the modern world. His inventions have undoubtedly changed our lives. He was described as a visionary, pioneer and genius by the media and that is most certainly true.

Inspiring Quotes By Steve Jobs

Throughout Jobs' lifetime, he inspired millions of people across the world with his quotes on life, success and his technology. Here are a sample of the many inspirational quotes of Steve Jobs.

"The computer is the most remarkable tool we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

"It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."

"Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life."

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      abhishek kumar pandey 2 years ago from lucknow Uttar Pradesh India

      he is the man of unlimited potential.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      Thank you for permission to do that. I have linked yours and a couple of others so readers can go from mine to yours to continue reading more. Thank you again.

      Rachael

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Rachael! It is so nice to see you drop by and thank you so much for the wonderful and greatly uplifting comments, the share and the votes! They are all greatly appreciated. :)

      I know! It is awesome that we both wrote about him, I guess we both spotted what a talented and amazing person he was!

      I agree, it takes a lot of time to research a person's life story and after all that, write about it. Phew, it is quite daunting work but then on the other hand, it is nice to be credited by others here on HubPages. That is one of my favourite parts of writing here, that people comment positively and it always gives me motivation to write more.

      Thank you so much for the link, I have linked to your excellent hub too since it contains a wealth of information and research on Jobs.

      Glad to see you stop by.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      #susi10, How awesome that we both wrote about Steve Jobs!!

      Although we covered similar territory, your hub included more detail in areas that I only skimmed over so what I would like to do is link to your hub (put it in my source box) so readers can come here to read further. I hope that's ok? If no, let me know.

      As my next project, I saw and was going to write about the reference to inventors of the WWW - again two guys getting together to put forth an idea - but I gotta tell you, it is a daunting task and I decided to skip it.

      Following timelines, checking facts and links (or no links), to be able to present a plausible yet interesting article involves a lot of research and work. lol

      I'll leave that to better minds and keep on with my "little biographies" of people I find interesting to write about.

      This is an awesome hub about an awesome man, who truly is missed by many. Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared as well.

      Rachael

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi tutta!

      Thanks for dropping by, and for commenting. Yes, Jobs really was an amazing business man and inventor. It is absolutely amazing how he changed the face of technology forever, he added style to technology and humanity will forever owe him for that. It was said that he made sketches of the iPad while he was in hospital, that will tell you how passionate he was about technology.

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      Tatiana 3 years ago from Florida

      My hubby and I juts watched the Jobs movie a few weeks ago, and it was really interesting! He was an amazing businessman! It's crazy that they started the world's largest company in his parents' garage!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi peachpurple!

      Thank you for reading and voting up! Yes, you are right, Steve Jobs was a genius and it is such a pity to have lost him. It seems like he could have designed so many other gadgets to improve our lives, but sadly cancer took him.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful hub about the Apple man. He is indeed a wonder man. I should say, super apple man. Without him, apple shares had dropped and samsung is going up. It's a pity to have lost such a great talent. Voted up

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi queerlyobscure!

      Thanks for reading this hub about Steve Jobs, I am so glad you liked it! Yes, the fact about the WWW is very interesting indeed, I was shocked when I found out about this. Its always great to have a few facts up your sleeve, to amaze people, you'll never know when they'll come in handy!

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      Cecil Wilde 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      The tidbit about the WWW being invented on a NeXTstation is one I've never come across before! That's really interesting (as is the rest of the hub!)