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February 2010 - October 2021

Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple. He also founded NeXT and was the majority shareholder of Pixar, both of which he was also CEO. Jobs is known as an icon of creativity and entrepreneurship. The prolific author Walter Isaacson released Jobs’ biography in October of 2011. Isaacson describes his major accomplishment as being a “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”

Jobs attended Reed College for a short period of time before dropping out in 1972. However, he continued to dabble with classes unofficially and came across a calligraphy course instructed by Robert Palladino. This course ended up being highly influential for Jobs as he attributed it to bringing multiple typefaces to the Mac.

Steve Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. After a drawn out power struggle Jobs was pushed out of Apple in 1985. He then founded NeXT in 1985 and also funded the move of Lucasfilm’s Graphics Group to become its own corporation, which became Pixar in 1986. Just over a decade later in 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as they acquired NeXT. His return marked the beginning of a new era of success. He took over as CEO in July of 1997 and continued on until handing the position to Tim Cook on August 24, 2011 after increasing health problems. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011.

Isaacson describes his major accomplishment as being a “creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”

Steve Jobs Stories October 6

Apple celebrated the tenth anniversary of Steve Jobs’s passing on Tuesday with a special version of its website homepage dedicated to the company’s cofounder. Along with a letter signed by Jobs’s family, Apple also shared a video called “Celebrating Steve,” which is now available on the company’s official YouTube channel.

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Steve Jobs Stories October 5

Today marks 10 years since Steve Jobs passed away, and Apple is honoring the late Apple cofounder with a tribute on its homepage. Meanwhile, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell has sat down with CNET to discuss Jobs’ legacy — and spill the beans on a deal that Jobs proposed between Apple and Dell in 1997.

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Steve Jobs Stories October 4

Tomorrow, October 5, marks 10 years since Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. In remembrance of it having been 10 years since that day, former Apple design chief Jony Ive has penned a piece in the WSJ. Magazine remembering his final days with Jobs…

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Steve Jobs Stories September 22

Apple recently sold its two-billionth iPhone, according to a new analyst report, which argues that the Steve Jobs legacy is still evident in the iPhone 13.

In one way, Apple has greatly departed from a principle Steve demanded when he returned to the company in 1997: simplification of the product lineup. But an analyst argues that it’s another of Steve’s beliefs that is still driving Apple’s success today …

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Steve Jobs Stories August 24

Around 6:30 p.m. EST on August 24, 2011, Steve Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple. I remember sitting in my friend’s living room as the television switched to the breaking news. I was only in middle school at the time, but Steve’s influence had already weighed heavily on me. It was a difficult moment. As a kid I’d put together faux keynotes on our family iMac and presented my product ideas to an imaginary audience. I remember making movies about him at Apple Camp at my local Apple Store. His portraits even adorned my wall. He was my hero and I knew the moment that he resigned was the beginning of the end.

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Steve Jobs Stories August 20

Steve Jobs’ signed Apple II manual fetches $787k at auction, business card sells for $13k

Earlier this month, a lot of Steve Jobs memorabilia went up for auction including an Apple business card, a NeXT bomber jacket that he personally wore, a signed Apple II manual, and much more. Now with the auctions complete, here’s how much everything went for.

Tim Cook’s 4 a.m. starts are the stuff of legend. A new interview with Apple’s CEO opens with his explanation of why he’s at his desk by this time.

Alongside a lot of standard interview fare, a former Apple exec is cited declaring that Apple was more magical, more exciting, when Steve Jobs ran the company…

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Steve Jobs Stories August 5

After Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson writing an Elon Musk biography

Walter Isaacson ran into controversy when he wrote his lengthy biography on Apple cofounder Steve Jobs a decade ago. But that apparently hasn’t deterred him from tackling tech guru bios, as he is now writing an Elon Musk biography …

Steve Jobs Stories August 2

Steve Jobs’ personal bomber jacket, vintage business card, and more up for auction

A new lot of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia is up for auction this month including some interesting items. Along with a vintage Steve Jobs Apple Computer business card, there’s a NeXT bomber jacket that Jobs actually wore, Apple Computer Basic Program cassettes, and more.

Steve Jobs Stories July 28

We’ve seen Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application go for sale multiple times over the last few years, most recently this past March for over $200,000. Now the autographed memorabilia is up for auction again but this time with a twist. There’s an NFT version for sale at the same time as the physical document to see which one nets more.

Update 7/28: The auction face-off has ended with the original document selling for a new record of $343,000, about 12 times more than the NFT version.

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Steve Jobs Stories July 9

Apple certainly changed the music industry with the iPod and with the iTunes Music Store, which made it possible for customers to buy individual songs for very low prices. Interestingly, a 2003 email from none other than Bill Gates shows that other industry executives were quite surprised by Apple entering the music market.

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Steve Jobs Stories March 30

Swatch will own the One More Thing trademark in the UK, despite the fact that it achieved its current fame through Steve Jobs’s use of it in Apple keynote presentations.

Apple failed to persuade a court to block the trademark application, even though the judge agreed that Swatch’s motivation was likely dubious …

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Steve Jobs Stories February 24

Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs on what would have been his 66th birthday

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in memory of company cofounder Steve Jobs. Today would have been Steve’s 66th birthday …

Steve Jobs Stories February 15

Hand-written job application by Steve Jobs up for auction

A job application hand-written by Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in 1973 has been put up for auction. Last time it sold, it went for over $175,000 …

Steve Jobs Stories February 11

The developer behind the iOS app We Read Too says that, for her, coding has really lived up to Steve Jobs’s vision of “being at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.”

Kaya Thomas was interviewed by Apple about her app highlighting children’s books by Black authors or featuring Black characters …

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Steve Jobs Stories January 19

Steve Jobs included in Trump statue plan that confuses everyone

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been included in a Trump statue plan revealed in a new executive order yesterday. Twitter users are variously amused and bemused by the plan to create a National Garden of American Heroes, featuring statues of almost 250 people …

Steve Jobs Stories November 2, 2020

As Sean Connery passes, fake letter to Steve Jobs recirculates

A fake letter to Steve Jobs, supposedly sent by the late Sean Connery back in the 1990s, is recirculating after the sad passing of the actor over the weekend …

Steve Jobs Stories October 5, 2020

Tim Cook has tweeted in memory of Steve Jobs, on the 9th anniversary of the passing of Apple’s co-founder, quoting poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

“A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou. You’re always with us Steve, your memory connects and inspires us every day …

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Steve Jobs Stories July 31, 2020

[Update: Sold for $16k] Magazine autographed by Steve Jobs hits auction block with humorous backstory

A new piece of Steve Jobs signed memorabilia is up for grabs this week. Starting on July 30, an autographed Fortune Magazine issue featuring Jobs on the cover will be auctioned off with bidding starting at $11,000 and it also comes with a funny backstory.

Steve Jobs Stories June 25, 2020

Michael Hawley, co-author of famous Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech, dies

Michael Hawley – whose many achievements included helping Steve Jobs write his famous ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’ commencement speech – has died from cancer, aged 58 …

Steve Jobs Stories February 26, 2020

A host of interesting Apple and Steve Jobs memorabilia is up for auction from Apple product design engineer, Jerrold Manock. Available items include a Steve Jobs signed contract for the Apple II, Manock’s original 1983 Macintosh computer, an Apple Snow White Paperweight, hats, beach towels, t-shirts, and much more.

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Steve Jobs Stories January 28, 2020

Musician Neil Young has described the MacBook Pro audio quality as akin to that of a Fisher-Price toy. He has also claimed that Steve Jobs once told him that Apple wasn’t aiming for quality.

Young made the remarks in response to Apple’s celebration of emerging artists using the MacBook Pro to record their music…

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Steve Jobs Stories January 2, 2020

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff came up with the idea of calling the company’s software ecosystem “AppStore” after a meeting with Steve Jobs in 2003, years before the iPhone or Apple’s App Store launched. Benioff even registered the domain Here’s the inside story of how he came up with the idea and why he ended up gifting the domain to Steve Jobs.

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Steve Jobs Stories December 5, 2019

Up for auction today is a neat piece of Steve Jobs signed Apple memorabilia, a Macintosh floppy disk. This is a little different than some of the items we often see up for auction like Jobs autographed Mac manuals, posters, or Apple awards, and may go for a more reasonable price, relatively speaking that is.

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