Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Passing of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (born February 24, 1955), billionaire co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionized computing, telephony and the music industry, died today at the very young age of 56.

His company was named in homage to the Beatles' record label, Apple. But the borrowing was allowed on the basis that the computing firm would stay out of music. After the success of the iPod the two Apples became engaged in a lengthy legal battle which finally ended last year when the Beatles allowed iTunes to start selling their back catalogue.

Jobs's extraordinary capacity to spot what people wanted next came without the aid of market research or focus groups.

"For something this complicated, it's really hard to design products by focus groups," he once said. "A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."

Apple released a statement paying tribute: "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives … The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

A visionary. A creative genius. An extraordinary person. Big adjectives but very befitting.

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