It is hard to believe that it has been three since the death of Steve Jobs. Apple and the world have moved on, but Steve is certainly not forgotten. His spirit lives on in Apple and its products. We also honor Steve by reflecting upon his accomplishments as a businessman and as a family man. In his 56 years, he made a number of memorable speeches and presentations, but I think the one that we can learn the most from is his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. In this short speech, Steve reflects on the crossroads of his life and how he never gave up when all seemed lost. Never giving up on himself and tuning out the critics is what allowed Steve to accomplish great things and make a dent in the universe.
The original Macintosh (left) and today’s iMac (right)
Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh computer to the world. The upcoming Macintosh release was announced during an Orwellian ad shown during the Super Bowl (below). The ad became an instant classic.
At an Apple event on January 24, a few days after the ad, Jobs presented the Macintosh to a crowd of Apple employees (below). To thunderous applause the Mac spoke to the audience and introduced itself to the world. The Mac was sure to be a hit. Unfortunately, it was priced to high for the average consumer, and the Apple II was more popular. The Mac was also plagued by delays due to production and design issues. Ultimately, the Mac’s failure was one of the reasons for Jobs leaving Apple in 1985. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the Mac was reborn using Jobs’s NeXT software, which was renamed Mac OS X. The software has been at the heart of the Mac ever since it was released publicly in 2001.
Original Mac’s GUI (top) and the GUI of OS X Mavericks (bottom)
What made the original Mac unique was the use of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that used a mouse to point-and-click on objects that were on the screen. For computer users today, this is the norm, but before the Mac, a GUI was only available on expensive enterprise machines.
As the Mac turns 30, we honor the hard work that went into the building the original and the Apple employees and consumers that have remained loyal to the platform, even as Apple has introduced new product lines. Today, Apple celebrated the Mac’s birthday with a video and timeline of the Mac’s development. You may visit Apple’s 30th anniversary page by clicking here. Personally, I have been a Mac user since 2008. I have owned an iMac and currently own a MacBook Pro. I love the physical design of the hardware, simplicity and power of the software, and the integration of the hardware and software that makes a Mac unique.
Simon & Schuster announced that Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs will (finally) be available in paperback on September 10. The publisher announced that the paperback version of the biography will include a new afterword from Isaacson and a new cover image.
The cover will feature a picture of a younger Jobs taken by Norman Seeff. The original cover image, taken by Albert Watson, was taken later in Jobs’ life, but has a similar pose. When the paperback is released in September, it will have been nearly two years since the hardback was released, an unusually long period of time between releases. The hardcover version of Steve Jobs has been a best seller, and the paperback is expected to sell well.
The Original Cover
Isaacson has suggested he may make some changes to the book by adding more information and cleaning up some of the repetition. The new afterword is the only new material we can expect at this point, but more information could be announced at a later date. I look forward to comparing the paperback edition to the hardcover edition.
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A year ago today, the world lost an innovator. Steve Jobs once said that he wanted this legacy to be a strong Apple. He wanted to do what his heroes Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard were able to accomplish, create a lasting company. After his death, many questioned what Apple would do with its brilliant leadership. A year later, Apple is thriving with strong sales, soaring stock prices, and talented leadership. Jobs accomplished his goal, and his legacy has been solidified.
Head over to Apple.com to see their tribute video to Jobs.
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Walt Mossberg, Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison
Last night at D10, in a special joint appearance, Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison sat down with Walt Mossberg on stage to discuss their memories of Steve Jobs. Catmull, the President of Pixar, discussed his memories of Jobs and Jobs’s passion for combining technology with animation. Ellison, cofounder and CEO of Oracle, discussed his business dealings with jobs and their friendship which began with them being neighbors. Ellison describes first meeting Jobs when his peacock wondered into Ellison’s yard early one morning. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, Ellison joined the Apple board. Although he left the board in 2002, Ellison and Jobs remained close friends. Few people knew Jobs longer than Catmull and Ellison – and Mossberg for that matter. A full video is not yet available of the event, but you can watch the highlights HERE. Once the full video is available, I will post a link.
Before Mossberg, Catmull and Ellison took the stage, a tribute video was played recalling the appearances of Steve Jobs at the past All Things Digital Conferences. Steve appeared at the conference in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 (he was on stage twice, his second appearance was with Bill gates), and 2010. After the video was played, Mossberg announced that full videos of these appearances have been posted to iTunes and are available for free. Having watched all of them before, I can attest they are both informative and entertaining.
UPDATE: The full video is now available HERE.
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Yesterday afternoon, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was on stage with Walt Mossberg at All Things Digital’s D10 Conference. Sorkin is famous for his movies A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network. He is also known for his work on television including The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and most recently, The Newsroom. A few weeks ago it was announced that Sorkin would be adapting Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, for Sony Pictures.
In yesterday’s interview, Sorkin said that he was in the very early stages of writing the movie, and he had yet to decide its focus. He said that it will be a challenge to write a script that fully portrays the complexities of Jobs’s personality. He explained that movies, especially those based on actual events, should be viewed as art as opposed to a photograph, meaning that a writer cannot include every aspect of a person’s life in a film. Sorkin and Mossberg also discussed the difficulties for writing television in an era with so many technological distractions for viewers. Sorkin is one of the few people at D10 not associated with the world of technology and highlights from his interview can be seen HERE. When the full video of the interview is available, I will post a link.
UPDATE: The full video is available HERE.
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On Tuesday night, All Things Digital’s D10 Conference kicked off with a keynote interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Presenters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher began by asking Cook about his new postion at Apple and how the death of his friend Steve Jobs has affected him and Apple. Cook became visibly emotional when talking about Jobs, and he recalled that was a genius and said that Apple will remain true to its roots and move forward with its product strategies.
After a few softball questions, Mossberg and Swisher (mostly Mossberg) began to hit on some of the tougher subjects. Cook (reluctantly) discussed patent wars, the controversy over manufacturing in China, and the future of AppleTV. Mossberg asked him if tablets should be categorized as PCs and his response was a resounding “no“. Cook did hint at upgrades to Siri as well as a possible partnership with Facebook, despite saying that Apple was going to “double down” on secrecy. All Things Digital as put together a highlight video that you can see HERE. I will post a link to the full video when it is available.
At times, it seemed that Mossberg and Swisher were bullying Cook with topics that he did not want to discuss, something that Jobs would not have allowed. Cook is very soft spoken, but he is a master at dodging questions. Nevertheless, the information that came out of the D10 keynote was very interesting for those in the tech world. Of course, all eyes will be on Apple June 11 when Tim Cook will take to his own stage at the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco
UPDATE (June 11): The full video has been posed, you can view it HERE.