Many people don’t remember the Smartphone industry before Apple decided to contribute in it with the iPhone. Current standards like capacitive displays, kinetic scrolling, large persistent storage, an accelerometer, gyro, or even common sense things like an App Store were still unheard of before 2007. Specs aside, the idea that normal (non power-user) people would embrace a smartphone was an even bigger oddity. The iPhone, just as its inventor, were truly ahead of their time. We’ve noticed that the true secret behind Apple’s success doesn’t lie in their products, nor how powerful they are. It lies on how they removed the learning curve from technology through a very simple user experience.
Pocketnow editors remember Steve Jobs and his legacy on both Technology and Humanity. We start it off by remembering him through the ad campaign that described him best in our own words:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Our own Dan Webster was sadly not able to provide his video, but he wished to share the following:
I would like to provide a short story of how Steve Jobs changed the way I used computers and technology personally. The very first computer that I had ever laid my hands on was an Apple Macintosh in elementary school. It was a box, with only a black and white screen, yet as I explored around with the mouse I realized that this was something new and amazing. My very first digital photo was taken in the 3rd grade, on an Apple digital camera, also black and white, and in comparison to the technology of today would be comical. The photos looked like a mosaic of small tiles printed from and Apple dot matrix printer. Up until high school the Mac was the only resource I had to complete word processing projects and of course play simple games when the teacher wasn’t looking. Even back then Apple made it a point to focus on design along with functionality.
Years passed, and it seemed like Apple was fading away. There were only small glimpses of Apple products being used in movies, remember how David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) saved the world from alien invasion alongside Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) using a MacBook in Independence Day. Shortly after came the iMac, a multicolored single-unit that looked like a tasty candy, a few were having issues trying to get the files out of it, in Zoolander (Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson).
Then from left field came something that changed the world forever, the iPod. While others were jogging with their skipping Diskman’s the Apple crowd knew better. With the iPod we no longer had to worry about our songs skipping or when our “portable cd player” would suddenly turn off. Songs only cost $0.99 now and there was no need to purchase and entire album if you didn’t want to with iTunes. The iPod advanced, Apple computers got better (in fact, I’m typing this on one now), the iPhone revolutionized the way touchscreen smartphones are implemented, and how even a kid could become a millionaire by creating a hot selling app.
All of this is thanks to a man that kept the spirt of Apple alive, he was the Walt Disney of our time, a creator, an innovator, and a genius of the technology field. Steve Jobs…
May you rest in peace.