iNnovator, iNventor, iMpeccable, iRreplaceable, iCon
"To some people, this is like Elvis Presley or John Lennon - it's a change in our times, It's the end of an
era, of what we've known Apple to be. It's like the end of the innovators." tweeted an apple user.
Charismatic, visionary, ruthless, perfectionist, dictator - these are some of the words that people have
used to describe Steven Paul Jobs, who may have been the biggest dreamer the technology world has
ever known. Passionate, prickly, and deemed irreplaceable by many, Jobs made a life defying
conventions and expectations.
Jobs reinvented the technology world four or five times, first with the Apple II, a beautiful personal
computer in the 1970s; then in the 1980s with the Macintosh, driven by a mouse and presenting a
clean screen that made computing inviting; the ubiquitous iPod debuted in 2001, the iPhone in 2007
and in 2010 the iPad, which a year after it was introduced outsold the Mac. The revolution in online
music through iTunes, a cutting-edge breakthrough in the field of animation via Pixar Animation
Studios, the very concept of GUI with Apple-II are all due to the vision of this legend.
Jobs changed the way people think about technology. "You don't think of it as technology, you think of
it as memories, experiences"- said an apple fan. Technology is as integrated into our life as a cup of
coffee. Technology has become the human experience thanks to Jobs.
Jobs said "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with liberal
arts, humanities that yields us the result that makes our heart sing." He had an artist's eye for design
with an engineer's brain. Jobs will always be a symbol of technological and artistic revolution in a
spiritual way, a revolution that the world hadn't witnessed before.
Whether you love or hate Apple--or fall somewhere in between--it's hard not to acknowledge that Jobs
was a brilliant man. He's a man who we don't really know a lot about, but he's also a man who changed
a lot of our lives. I'd like to say that Jobs is my generation's Walt Disney. He entertained. He delighted.
And he built something enduring. Jobs was a disruptive force. Given the Disney comparison, it's a bit
ironic that Jobs wound up being Disney's largest shareholder via the Pixar acquisition.
Barack Obama said "There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the
world learned of his passing on a device he invented." Jobs loved what he did and he pursued that love
He 'stayed hungry, stayed foolish' throughout his life. Look what he has done to this world. Look
what he has left behind. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
PS : Jobs is survived by his wife, four children, two sisters, 49,000 Apple employees,
lacs of apple users and million others like me who are inspired by him.
KIRAN M R
III year `ECE'