Long before they co-founded Apple in 1976, the two Steves; Wozniak and Jobs were already assembling computers in a garage, the Apple I was mainly peddled to electronic hobbyists. But the world witnessed the beauty and new-age features of the Apple II in 1977; the computer immediately became raging success and became one of the definitive drivers of the micro-computer industry for years to come through the 1980s and 1990s (AP Photo/Apple
one of its most popular line of computers ever: the Macintosh. The Superbowl ad that debuted the Macintosh, used George Orwell’s dystopian view of the world portrayed in his novel 1984, to demonstrate the power of the Mac. Apple would continue to come out with sublime advertisements that glorified its products. The other hugely popular ad was the ‘Think Different’ campaign in 1997. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
John Sculley (middle), Steve Wozniak (right) and Steve Jobs make for a happy picture in the photo taken during the launch of the Macintosh in 1984. A year later, Jobs would be forced out of Apple after the board sided with Sculley, he would be out in the cold, without a company and no day job. Years later, Jobs would recall that being fired turned out to be a blessing in disguise, he went on found two other path-breaking companies. One was Pixar,.
This 1998 file photo shows Jobs holding an iMac. In an ironic twist of fate, Jobs the banished CEO, was brought back to Apple in 1996 (after Apple bought NeXT) as an adviser, then as interim CEO and finally, he was put back in the helm in 1997. One of the first things that he did as CEO was accept a $150 million infusion from the ‘enemy’ Microsoft, who also agreed to develop and ship future versions of its Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Other
Apple continued to innovate on the iPod, unveiling the iPod Photo in 2004, which allowed users to view photos and slide shows on a color screen. By now the positive effect of the iPod had rubbed off on the sales of Macs, which got a fresh lease of life, Apple’s new operating systems and the ability to play well with the Windows suite of software also boosted sales. In mid-2004, Jobs was also diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, which
Apple continued to innovate on the iPod, unveiling the iPod Photo in 2004, which allowed users to view photos and slide shows on a color screen. By now the positive effect of the iPod had rubbed off on the sales of Macs, which got a fresh lease of life, Apple’s new operating systems and the ability to play well with the Windows suite of software also boosted sales. In mid-2004, Jobs was also diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer,
Apple Computers Inc. CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPod Nano during an announcement in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005. The Apple iPod Nano is 1/5 the size of the original iPod and weighs 1.5 ounces or 42 grams. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Under Jobs’ guidance, Apple continued to innovate on its iPod range of music players and Mac suite of computers, it also kept adding a complementary set of products. The Mac Mini, a small factor desktop was introduced in 2005, it comes without a keyboard, display or mouse. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The iPod’s form factor became smaller and smaller. In 2006, Jobs unveiled the iPod shuffle, the smallest iPod to date. Currently, the iPod is marketed under four lines: the shuffle, nano, classic and touch. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
The MacBook Air was launched with much fanfare in 2008, its thinnest notebook with an all-flash storage. By now, Apple had switched to the Intel based processors from its earlier PowerPC range, allowing it to innovate rapidly rather than wait for the chip systems to play catch up with its ambitions. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
Jobs has proved many times in the past that he was not infallible. Apple TV is one such example, first launched in 2006, it failed to take-off. In this 2010 file photo, Jobs is seen unveiling the Apple TV for the second time in 2010. Sales remain tepid.
The iPod nano was introduced as a replacement for the iPod mini in 2005 and used flash memory for storage. In this file photo in 2010, Jobs is seen discussing the latest features of the iPod nano.
After revolutionizing the music and smart phone industries, Jobs turned his eye towards the tablet industry, and the world was given the iPad in 2010. It proved to one Apple’s most successful product launches, even by its standards. To date, more than 25 million iPads have been sold proving once again that whatever Jobs touches turns to gold. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Smart phones had existed to close to a decade when Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. But this was no ordinary smart phone. It tied together the hardware, software, design and the app ecosystem into one beautiful device. Apple fanbois and the general public lapped it up. Jobs ensured that the smart phone industry was turned upside down and felled or broke the back of phone manufacturing giants like Nokia and Motorola. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of a photo of himself, right, and Steve Wozniak, left, during an Apple event in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. It said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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Jobs quit his post as CEO with immediate effect and will be replaced by COO, Tim Cook. He leaves behind a huge gaping hole, not just in Apple but also in the larger technology and electronic industries.