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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs was born on February 24 1955, in Los Altos, California.

Jobs was half Arab by his biological father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, who grew up in Homs, Syria. His mother, Joanne Sociable Simpson was Swiss-American.

Jobs was adopted at birth by the Bay Area blue collar couple Paul and Clara Jobs, neither of whom had a college education. Schieble refused to sign the adoption papers, as she wanted Steve to be brought up by college graduates. She only consented to releasing the baby to Paul and Clara after they promised that he would attend college.

During his high school years, Jobs worked summers at Hewlitt-Packard, it was there that he first met his future business partner Steve Wozniak.

Steve Jobs had a high school GPA of 2.65.

Jobs started studying physics, literature, and poetry, at Reed College, Oregon. However, he only formally attended one semester before dropping out.

As a college student, Steve Jobs stopped showering because he believed he could eliminate his body odor by only eating fruit

He spent 18 more months dropping in on more creative classes, including a calligraphy class, which he attributes as being the reason Apple computers had such elegant typefaces.


After returning to California, Steve Jobs started working for Atari , an early pioneer manufacturer of personal computers. Jobs' close personal friend Steve Wozniak was also working for Atari, and the future founders of Apple teamed together to design games for Atari computers.

When Steve Jobs started working at Atari, he was assigned the night shift because his strong odor disturbed his colleagues.

In 1976, Steve Wozniak invented the Apple I computer. Wozniak showed it to Steve Jobs, who suggested that they sell it, after which they and Ronald Wayne formed Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs's Los Altos home on Crist Drive. The company was founded on April 1, 1976, and incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977.

In the early 1980s, still at Apple, Jobs was one of the first to see the commercial potential of using a mouse to use with the graphical user interface.

In 1984, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and others co-invented the Apple Macintosh computer, the first successful home computer with a mouse-driven graphical user.

Apple's Board of Directors fired Jobs from his position with the company the following year. He then started NeXT, a computer platform development company which dealt with higher education and business markets.

During this period, Jobs bought a computer animation studio from film director George Lucas called Pixar. Jobs later sold Pixar to Disney and gained a seat on the Disney board of directors.

Apple's 1997 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded where he worked as the CEO of Apple. He returned to Apple Inc. as a consultant on February 7, 1997.

Only 1 dollar was annually withdrawn by Steve Jobs from Apple's accounts as his annual salary when he was CEO.

On January 9 2007, Jobs unveiled the iPhone, calling it a "revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone."

Jobs holding an iPhone 4 in 2010. By Matthew Yohe, Wikipedia

Steve Jobs did not let his kids use iPads and limited their use of technology to a minimum.

When once asked what market research went into the iPad, Jobs' response was: "None. It's not the consumers' job to know what they want."

The original iPad in its black case. By Yutaka Tsutano Wikipedia

When a secretary at Apple was late because of car trouble, Steve Jobs gave her a Jaguar and said, "Don't be late anymore."

Steve Jobs discovered a loophole that allowed a 6-month grace period before requiring a license plate on a leased car, He would lease the same Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG every six months in order to avoid having a plate.

Steve Jobs believed that his commitment to vegan diets meant his body was flushed of mucus and he was free from body odor, so he didn't need to wear deodorant or shower regularly. His former coworkers quote that he was "very, very wrong."

Steve Jobs held important business meetings while walking, knowing that brains worked better while the body was physically active.

On August 24, 2011, Jobs retired as CEO of Apple. He suggested Tim Cook as his successor. Following Jobs' request, Jobs continued as the chairman of the Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors.


Steve Jobs had health problems for his last few years and had a liver transplant.

Jobs refused to wear his oxygen mask while sick because he did not like the way it was designed.

Before his death, Steve Jobs was listed as the inventor and/or co-inventor on 342 United States patents. His last patent was issued for the Mac OS X Dock user interface and was granted the day before he died.

Steve Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of pancreatic cancer, resulting in respiratory arrest. His last words were "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

File:ProjectRED Grouppicture.jpg: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA
When Jobs died he was worth $8.3 billion.

Most of Steve Jobs' wealth was from his shares in Disney, not Apple.

Bill Gates wrote Steve Jobs a letter as he was dying—Jobs was touched and kept it by his bed.

Steve Job may have survived if he had sought scientifically proven medical treatments earlier rather than the alternative remedies and juice cleanses that he tried first. It was one of his most notable regrets.

Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave at the only non-denominational cemetery in Palo Alto.

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