Steve Jobs: 10 Memorable Milestones of the Apple Co-Founder's Career
6:44 PM PDT 10/5/2011 by Andy Lewis, Chris Godley
A Buddhist and vegetarian who once handed out bottles of carrot juice to trick-or-treaters, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He died Oct. 5 at the age of 56.
Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak introduced the Apple II computer in 1977 and took their company public in 1980, an event that made Jobs a multimillionaire able to set his sights on conquering the entertainment industry. He succeeded by turning Pixar into what is arguably the most consistent film studio in history and by becoming the largest shareholder of Disney, the industry’s most iconic company.
THR looks back at these and other career milestones of the American tech giant.
The two Steves: Jobs (on left) and Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak
Jobs founded Apple Computer with his friend Steve Wozniak in his parent's garage. Jobs sold his VW bus and Wozniak his scientific computer to raise the $1,300 to found Apple. The original Apple computers were hand-built by Wozniak.
With an Apple II in 1980, the year the company went public
When Apple went public in 1980 it was largest IPO since Ford in 1956. The original offering price was $14 a share but it ended the first day at $29, making more than 40 of Apple’s 1,000 employees instant millionaires and Jobs personally worth over $200 million.
The famous "1984" commercial
Jobs introduced the iconic Macintosh computer to the public with the famous “1984” commercial alluding to George Orwell’s famous novel of the same name. The Ridley Scott-directed commercial aired just once, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984, but became an instant classic. The Macintosh was the first computer to feature a mouse and graphic user interface.
Toy Story-Pixar's first hit
After being forced out at Apple in a showdown with CEO John Sculley, Jobs bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $5 million after Disney passed on buying it for $15 million and he renamed it Pixar, focusing it on computer animation. Among its hits were Toy Story,A Bug's Life, and Finding Nemo. When Disney finally bought the company from Jobs in 2006 it paid $7.4 billion.
The original iPod introduced in 2001
Launched Oct. 23, 2001 at a low-key event, the first iPod held 1,000 songs and was touted as "ultra-portable" and 30 times faster than any other MP3 player on the market at the time.
Jobs said at the launch, "Music's been around forever, it will always be around. This is not a speculative market. And because it's a part of everyone's life, it's a very large target market all around the world. It knows no boundaries."
The iTunes store for music and videos
Jobs added video to the company’s popular iTunes software in 2006. “We’re doing for video what we’ve done for music—we’re making it easy and affordable to purchase and download, play on your computer, and take with you on your iPod. Right out of the gate we’re offering 2,000 music videos, Pixar’s short films and hit primetime TV shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost’,” said Jobs.
Available in 2007, Apple TV allowed users to wirelessly play iTunes content -- movies, TV shows, photos, podcasts -- on television sets.
The first $300 version had a 40GB hard drive that could store up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each, and was capable of delivering high-definition 720p output.
The original iPhone
Jobs introduced the first iPhone, which featured a unique touch screen interface, on Jan. 9, 2007. “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” said Jobs. “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device -- our fingers -- and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.”
Apple iPad introduced in 2010
After years of fevered speculation, Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad on January 27, 2010. The device was an instant hit, selling 50 million units through 2011.
Steve Jobs in March 2011
Struggling with the after effects of a 2009 liver transplant, Jobs resigned as Apple CEO on Aug. 24, 2011. He said in a statement: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role." He was replaced by Tim Cook as CEO.