On Oct. 5, 2011 Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. An entrepreneur, technophile and master showman, Jobs was known for both his obsessive attention to detail as well as a merciless, driving personality that was most kindly referred to as “mercurial.”
On the anniversary of his death, we’ve assembled a collection of Jobs’ most unforgettable moments and product introductions. Ones in which he not only helped change the direction of computers and personal electronics, but the ways in which people create and consume entertainment across the world.
The Original Macintosh (1984)
After blazing trails with the Apple I and Apple II computers, Jobs turned his attention to a new kind of machine that would leave behind clunky command prompts in favor of a graphical user interface and mouse. While the original Macintosh wasn’t a runaway success by any means — in fact, Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985 — it did set the stage for a new era of computing, one that we arguably still live in today.
The iMac (1998)
Jobs eventually retured to the company he co-founded, and one of his first major moves was introducing this curvy, consumer-friendly machine. The first Apple product to have the now-ubiquitous “i” before its name (back then it supposedly stood for “Internet”), the iMac was eventually introduced in a number of different colors and styles.
The iPod (2001)
More then any other device, the iPod is what turned Apple from a niche computer manufacturer into one of the most popular consumer electronics companies in the world. Both the capacity (a mere 1,000 songs) and the price ($399) seem ludicrous in comparison to today’s devices, but after a few years the iPod became a juggernaut.
The iPhone (2007)
Last month Apple held its annual iPhone event, unveiling the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In 2007, however, the company hadn’t even entered the arena yet. This clip is Jobs at his very best, reality distortion field in full effect as he introduces what would go on to become the most important product in his company’s history.
Stanford Commencement Speech (2005)
Speaking to a graduating class at Stanford, Jobs reflects on his own challenges in life and the lessons he learned after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he says. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. “