Steve Jobs have left us for quite awhile, but he is still a man who people respect throughout the world. We respect him as a leader, a visionary and as a idol. Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs Biography took stage in Amsterdam’s John Adams Institute to talk about Jobs.
If you want to know more about Steve, check out the above video. Although most of the talks are in the book already, but it is still quite interesting to hear it directly from Walter Isaacson
Apple TV is now cheaper in Amazon and they have named it Apple TV 2010 Model. Amazon normally have some clues when it comes to Apple’s product updates. So with this movement of dropping Apple TV price and renaming it to 2010 model, does it means that we might be getting a new Apple TV very soon?
I have been waiting for Apple TV refresh for quite some time, Although Apple TV 2010 Model is not sold in Singapore, but there is just more and more reasons for getting Apple TV. One of them is AirPlay, which you can mirror everything from your iPad/iPhone to your big screen in your living room.
In the recent Steve Jobs Biography, he mentioned that he cracked how TV should work, I really can’t wait for the product that he cracked to be out.
Apple’s co founder Steve Jobs has passed away today at the age of 56. It is the saddest tech news I have ever blogged about. Steve Jobs has been such a visionary, who without him we will not have iPods, iMacs, Macbook Pros, Macbook Air, iPhone and iPad. He brought computer down to personal computer, brought music to our ears, phone that do wonders.
Steve Jobs, you will be greatly missed.
Here’s some of the statements the Tech world left for him:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Google’s Sergey Bin:
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
US President Barack Obama:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
This song is really nicely written. All of the lyrics just rhythm and sound nice. Hope Steve will have good health and live well.
There’s never been a leader this good for this long
This old, With inventions this bold, Or this strong
The simplest designs, Set trends and prove wrong
Streamlined every product, The iPod you all bought it
These hacks, Too lazy to innovate, They crazy
They don’t try to create, They just trace me
You know what, Soon they forget who they stole, They whole style from,
And try to reverse the iPhone, I’m like… huh!
I’m not a hater, The creator With imagination
I drop technology that inspires entire nations.
I call up Lucas, I’m big enough to brew it
I’m that focused, Plus i knew that Disney wouldn’t do it
So the dreams and teams you write about, White em out
It’s hard to brag when the iPad’s in your mouth
I’m in…Grey sneakers, I make features, You stay eager
What more can i tell you, Let me spell it for you
S-T-E V-E, Nobody truer than J-O-Bs
And you have to know, The world’s best C-E-O
Turned chairman, I’m back to finish the boards business up
What more can I say? What more can i do?
I give this all to you, I know this much is true
What more can I say?
Now you know they love you truly
When you drop a new Mac and you perfect the GUI
And your code ain’t Foo-ey, Right
That means those lines they bite must be chewy
Chop that and they gone get sueyed, Toast
I don’t mean to boast, But damn if i don’t flex
Them hackers gonna act like they built OSX
The Andy Roddick, That serves the new product
Far from a Harvard student, Just had the heart to do it
And no I’m not delaying it, In fact I’m just playing it
This ain’t the release I’m just QA’in it
One, Two and i won’t stop tweaking it
To Tech blogs, stop false leaking it
Back to the product, The multi-touch screen was exotic
Early adopters and they grandmas bought it
What up Woz, They can’t shut up Jobs
Shut down I, Not even God , I’m a ride
Lord forgive me for my brash delivery
But I remember vividly, What defeat did to me
So picture me, Lettin this board get at me
Fire me then buy my Next company
I will literally, Kiss Bill G in the forehead
Tell PC forgive me, Then squeeze out the market til its dead
I’m not a boutique chop shop, In fact
I got something unique to knock socks off
Young, Steven the God steady droppin heat
I’m at the Mac Keynote, Try to cop a seat
I ain’t never scared, I’m everywhere
You ain’t never there, Google why would i ever care
Pound for pound I’m the best to ever grow a grey hair
Excluding nobody, Look what i embody
The soul of a hustler the American Dream
I rose on my own, And made 8 Bill-i-ion in cream
And no I ain’t from parents with whole lots of cash
Or live any life well above middle class
And my designs ain’t comin’ and goin’ like pop fads
But the real shit you get when you bust down my passion
Add that to my engineering’s built to last
Times that by my influence, On computers, communications,
entertainment, music and too much to list
We’ll see what happens when i no longer exist
Next Media Animation created a new video dedicated to Steve Jobs, summaring his life and his career in 2 minutes worth of animation. Although as usual, Next Media have their own take of what happened and made the animation overly exaggerated. but they have their humor.
Steve Job’s Life in Animation
In the animation, Steve Jobs took LSD and attained spiritual enlightenment. Together with Steve Wozniak they came out with their own product Macintosh and setup their own company called Apple. But things did not went well with him, Steve Jobs was bounced out of his own company by John Sculley, who was hired by himself from Pepsi.
Pixar and Toy Story
Steve Jobs is not someone who gave up, he started up a new animation company Pixar and produced ‘Toy Story’ and was a great hit in film industry. Disney then bought Pixar up and this made Steve Jobs the single largest shareholder of Disney till today. Steve Jobs later was setup a new company which was bought up by Apple, in the end pushed him to be the new CEO of Apple.
Post-PC Era created single handily by Steve Jobs
That’s when Steve Jobs lead Apple to produced iMac, iPod, iPhone then iPad. Now Apple is the leading IT company around in terms of innovations, and Steve Jobs retired as CEO.
Check out their new Animation on Steve Jobs’s Life and Career
This is very cool, media producer and marathon runner Joseph Tame ran 21km in Japan in order to create this Apple logo track with his iPhone. Of course this is not his first time doing runs like this, but this run is specially for Steve Jobs who recently quit as CEO of Apple.
It’s for this that I’d like to personally show my appreciation to Steve for his vision and leadership, which has made a direct positive impact upon my life.
This morning’s run, which spanned central Tokyo, took me first down the western side of the Imperial Palace, across to Roppongi, through Omotesando, then up to Shinjuku. The leaf is in Kagurazaka, and the start/finish point just by the entrance to Yasukuni Shrine.
Let’s hope that Steve Jobs’ health will get better, we really wish to see more of him.
Apple is now selling more per square foot than any other companies in United States. Yes, they are selling more than Tiffany & Co, Coach and Best Buy. This is something no one can imagine!
Most analyst don’t think Apple Store will survive when it first launched. Most of them thinks that Tech Company who sell hardwares like Mac and Macbook will not be able survive, looking at Gateway and HP past experience. But as usual Steve Jobs proved everybody wrong again. He’s stores are selling more than anyone else in US, and they are still growing!
25 August 2011 is the day Apple and all Apple fanboys will remember. Today Steve Jobs resign as CEO from Apple, and Tim Cook took over. Although news exploded around the world, saying that Apple will change or die off due to Steve Jobs stepping down, but I seriously don’t think so. Steve Jobs is now Chairman of Board of Apple, he still have lots of say and decision making capability in Apple.
Steve Jobs has not been feeling too well since his liver gave way, although he managed to had a liver transplant, but he’s health never really return fully. Because of that he was on and off in office, I’m sure he is spending more time at home resting, but still make most of the important decision in Apple. But this can’t go for long, Steve Jobs knows that, lots of things still need to have a CEO physically in office, or around the world to make sure things goes as planned.
Decision to step down as CEO
Making this decision might be one of the biggest ever for Steve Jobs, no one love Apple as much as him, no one cares and wants Apple to be as successful as him. To be able to make this decision, he must have made sure his current team with Tim Cook leading will be able to bring Apple to new heights.
Chairman of Apple’s Board
Although Steve Jobs will not be highly involved in the day to day decision making of Apple, but as chairman of Board, he still holds very huge strategic decision’s power. I will assume Tim Cook will still have to report to him, let him review products and decide when is the time for new product release.
My thoughts of Apple’s Future
It can’t get any better in my point of view. Having Steve Jobs as more of a advisory role, and Tim Cook there to run the day to day business. I’m sure things will only get better! Apple’s Executive Team have not changed much except Steve’s stepped down. Thus I have no worries on Apple’s future, and more innovative products will be launch very soon!
Steve Jobs is finally going to release his first official Biography ever! According to Barnes and Noble have already put up ‘Steve Jobs’ for pre-release and will be available on November 21 2011. Not sure why did they brought this forward from the original release date at March 6 2012.
This Book is written by Walter Isaacson and have written it based on over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs and his family and friends. I’m sure this book will be a very interesting read, and I can’t wait for it to be release.
Full Description of Steve Jobs:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
It is also a book about innovation. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated. “I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,” he said. “But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.”
Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. Likewise, his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.