When Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday afternoon, the world went into shock. One of the greatest creative and innovative geniuses to ever live was gone. After the shock began to wear off, it was natural to look back on Jobs’ life and realize just how greatly the company he guided changed the world we live in. Here are just five of the biggest things that Steve Jobs brought to us that changed the way we live our everyday lives.
The Personal Computer
In 1976 when Steve Wozniak built the Apple I and Steve Jobs found a way to make money from it, history was made. For really the first time, people could have a relatively easy to use computer in their home. It was extremely primitive by today’s standards, but that little circuit board that could be connected to a television started a revolution that changed the world. The Woz built it, Jobs sold it, and within a few years; the PC would be one of the most important inventions since the printing press.
The iPod & iTunes
Steve Jobs didn’t invent digital music or the MP3 format, but like everything he had a hand in; he took it to the masses in a way that no one else did before. There wouldn’t be “Podcasts” if not for the iPod, and the iTunes music store completely changed how people buy and experience music. The record industry may hate it, but iTunes and Apple’s MP3 player changed the world of music.
Yes, there were smartphones before the iPhone…but the iPhone was the first to get the idea right and again be taken to the masses. Android phones may outsell the iPhone by two-to-one, due the the sheer number of Android handsets out there, but the iPhone is still the standard that everyone wants to kill.
Like with the iPhone, there were tablets before the iPad. But also like the iPhone, the iPad was really the first tablet to catch on in a big way. The iPad may end up being one of Steve Jobs’ biggest legacies as its bringing computing power into the hands of people who otherwise would be afraid to use a computer.
When George Lucas decided to not continue on with Lucafilm’s little computer animation division, Steve Jobs saw something special there and entertainment was forever changed. The Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-E. It’s kind of hard to imagine the last twenty years of movies without Pixar, and if not for Steve Jobs; we may not have had those films.