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Steve Jobs: A pictorial look at his career

Apple's legendary leader had many irons in the fire, over the years

  • Steve Jobs was known for his signature look of black turtleneck and blue jeans while on stage. His look did not changed much over the years. This clever image shows him throughout the years.

  • Apple's Steve Jobs with the original iMac

  • In 1985, Jobs was ousted from Apple after boardroom struggle with John Sculley. Jobs resigned and took five Apple employees with him. Shown here with Sculley.

  • Not all of Apple's products have been successful.

  • Frenemies. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates during an interview with Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher at 'D5: All Things Digital' conference in Silicon Valley in 2007 Image is licensed under Creative Commons. Credit: Joichi Ito

  • Steve Jobs



    In an interview with John Markoff for Markoff's book, What the Doormouse Said, about the counterculture's influence on Silicon Valley, the Apple co-founder confided that "taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life." During that interview, Jobs intimated that the trippy graphics that early iTunes players produced in synch with music reminded him of his youthful psychedelic experiences. Jobs' openness about his drug use prompted Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who first synthesized LSD in 1938, [[xref:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ryan-grim/read-the-never-before-pub_b_227887.html|to ask him to help fund a study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy|huffingtonpost.com]]. Jobs reportedly never funded any of the research.
  • The big cheese

  • Steve Jobs announcing the MacBook Air

  • Jobs bought Pixar from George Lucas for less than $10 million in 1986. The company later renamed to Pixar Animation Studios. This photo is from the 2003 opening of 'Finding Nemo'. In February 2004, Jobs terminated Pixar's highly successful alliance with The Walt Disney Co for production and distribution of Pixar's animated films. Pixar was ultimately sold to Walt Disney in 2006.

  • Steve Jobs on the cover of MacWorld in 1984

  • In 2001 , Apple made its first foray into consumer electronics market with launch of the iPod, portable MP3 player. It sells more than 2 million units by 2004 and goes on to redefine the music industry.

  • Jobs was also one of the directors behind the NeXTcube, a workstation computer developed, manufactured and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It ran the NeXTSTEP operating system and best known as the first Web Server, used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN to create the first web page on December 25th 1990.
    Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Italy license. Attribution: [[xref:http://www.allaboutapple.com/|www.allaboutapple.com]].

  • In April 2011, Jobs' net worth was reportedly $US8.3 billion. The majority of revenue comes from music distribution and mobile devices (iPhone and iPad). In the past year, Apple shares have jumped by 80 per cent, but only half of Jobs' fortune comes from Apple. As Disney's largest shareholder, he owns about $4.4 billion in Disney stock

  • Steve Jobs announcing Apple's iCloud service

  • Jobs on admitting mistakes: "Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. "This is life in the smartphone world. Phones aren't perfect. It's a challenge for the whole industry, and we're doing the best we can, but every phone has weak spots." -July 2010, after waiting 22 days to admit (sort of) that Apple made mistakes in designing antennas for the iPhone 4

  • Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976. His obsession with control over product design helped Microsoft beat Apple in the PC era and led to his firing in 1985. Jobs floundered with NeXT and hit the jackpot with Pixar, only to return to Apple in 1996. His turnaround of Apple is built on a history of successes and failures.

  • Steve Jobs at Back to Mac event

  • Steve Jobs at the Apple iPhone OS4 event

  • Steve Jobs at the Apple iPhone OS4 event.

  • Steve Jobs announces the iPad

  • Steve Jobs looks back at former Apple technology during the launch of the iPad

  • Steve Jobs tries out iTunes Music Store Japan at a launch event in Tokyo on August 4, 2005

  • Steve Jobs gives keynote speech introducing the redesign of the iMac at MacWorld 2002, Monday, January 7

  • Steve Jobs departs from his regular attire for his keynote address at MacWorld Tokyo 2001

  • Flower power. The first generation iMac

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