For a quarter of a century, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs pushed and helped define the boundaries of computing technology. In October, Jobs died from a rare form of cancer. Millions of people mourned his death, creating monuments to his memory at Apple stores across the country. Throughout his illness, he never stopped innovating. In fact, he helped push through groundbreaking new products just weeks before he died.
His leadership will be forever felt at Apple and across the personal-use landscape. He helped start the company in the 1970s. Apple’s first big success was the Apple II personal computer in 1977.
In recent years, Apple has been associated with huge success and huge sales. Ten years ago, Jobs introduced the world to a new MP3 player—the now well-known iPod. The company introduced the iTunes Music Store in 2003, allowing consumers to purchase and download music with the touch of a button.
A true breakthrough happened in 2007, when Apple first showed off its iPhone. The product, more than merely a gadget, is essentially a computer that can be carried in your pocket. Consumers agreed that it was a revolutionary product. Many camped out in front of Apple stores to be the first to buy the new device. By 2011, the iPhone was selling more than 220,000 units a day.
In 2010, Apple broke into the tablet computer industry with the iPad. The company sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010, which was well beyond what industry analysts predicted.
For his vision, innovation and commitment to cutting-edge technology, Steve Jobs is a nominee for TFK’s 2011 Person of the Year.