Tag - Steve Jobs
We're halfway through our year-long history celebrating Apple's 40th anniversary, and we've reached a milestone for the entire computer industry. These days, that really means a milestone for the world -- and yet, it's one that is barely remembered, hardly celebrated, and when you know what it is, our perspective from all these years later actually makes it hard to really comprehend how monumental it is.
Editor's note: We are running a selection of some of our favorite -- best, oddest, warmest -- stories from the past few years of the site, starting with this one: arguably the most personal story we ever covered. I wrote this with tears in my eyes. Personally, I think his Stanford Commencement Address (seen below) -- and the follow-up articles we ran with so many quotes from those who knew and admired him (here, here, here, and here) -- are the best tributes to the impact he had on us all.
Next week's Worldwide Developer Conference is not exactly Apple's first WWDC: it's actually the 33rd. In the latest MacNN One More Thing podcast, host William Gallagher takes you through the history of this event as it grew into the compelling form we know today. You'll hear the famous moments we remember, the less-famous ones Apple would have us forget, and you will step into Steve Jobs's reality distortion field.
It's one of the most famous moments in Apple history: the time when John Sculley fired co-founder Steve Jobs. Only, when you examine the company's four decades in a week-by-week slice, you learn that it was more complicated than that -- and now you also see that it wasn't a moment, it wasn't a single event. There wasn't one event, but just as there has to be a start to everything, it's this week that sees the start of the end.
In a recent commencement speech given to the University of Southern California, Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison passed on a lesson he learned from Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs about wealth and money. The anecdote came among other life lessons and advice Ellison passed on to the graduates, but the tale involving Jobs took place, according to Ellison, in 1995 -- as the two men watched Apple's rapid decline, and thought about ways to save the company.
As part of a profile on Apple's various health-based initiatives, Time magazine writer Tim Bajarin says -- based on conversations with Apple executives involved in the Apple Watch and other projects -- that Steve Jobs' own journey through the US healthcare system prompted a directive from Jobs to help develop healthcare solutions, which led indirectly to initiatives, such as the Apple Watch and ResearchKit, that were created after his death in 2011.
There is something about examining the events of a single week across Apple's four decades that really illuminates how much this company has done. It's as if watching year-by-year, you get inured to Apple's rises and falls, yet comparing specific weeks is like seeing a Before and After picture. Even in this comparatively quiet week of May 7 through 13, the few events are striking for how impossible it seems to be happening to the same company.
What do you do when you have a lot of (relatively) bad news to tell stock analysts and investors? What Steve Jobs would have done, and exactly what Apple CEO Tim Cook did: "Ac-cent-u-ate the positive" (to borrow the title of a hit song from 1944). In truth, there is genuinely some good as well as bad in Apple's financial report: the company is still selling tons of iPhones, Macs are selling better as the rest of the PC industry takes a nosedive, and Cook noted that the June quarter's iPad sales are likely to be the best in a couple of years, so that's all highlights. There is un-spinnable lowlights too, but are things as gloomy as they seem?
Stop me if you've heard this before: Apple releases a computer. "Fans" flip out, because the computer doesn't have everything that they wanted to see in the new version. Enthusiast forums light up with complaints, claiming that Apple is doomed because of this, that the company isn't listening, or that this never would have happened if Steve Jobs was still alive. While there is a nugget of truth from a certain point of view in the statements, the core behind the fan arguments are demonstrably wrong. Let's cover them one at a time, shall we?
Bill Campbell, a former football coach at Columbia University that worked in key positions at Apple, Claris, and other tech firms -- including running Intuit for four years -- and previous Apple Board member, has died at the age of 75. Campbell first joined Apple as a VP of Marketing under CEO John Sculley, and rose up the ranks to become the head of Claris' software division back when it was more formally a part of Apple. He returned to Apple in 1997 along with Steve Jobs, and served as a director on Apple's board until 2014, when he retired from the post. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Intuit, where he had served as CEO from 1994-1998, until this past January. He died on Monday following a "long battle," with cancer, according to reports.