Steve Jobs

Trip down memory lane: The 2001 introduction of the iPod

The iPod: For many the start of a love affair with Apple products. I know that's where it all began for me 9 years ago with the purchase of a 20GB iPod. With all the current rumors of a new Apple music service and WWDC around the corner, what better time than to take a trip down memory lane and see where the digital music revolution truly kicked into gear.

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Bill Gates talks about his last visit with Steve Jobs, and a cancelled dinner!

Bill Gates was recently interviewed for television, and while the main focus was the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the late Steve Jobs also got a mention. I don't want to spoil it for you, but in the clip above from CBS News' 60 Minutes, Gates emotionally talks about his last visit with Jobs, and how they talked about how education hasn't really been improved by technology yet.

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Apple's botched MobileMe launch and the failure of fear-based management

MobileMe launched in 2008 as a replacement for .Mac and ended up being replaced itself just three short years later by iCloud. So terrible was its launch, so tarnished was was the perception of its service, that Steve Jobs reportedly walked the halls of Apple with a flame-thrower, dressing down the troops and handing over responsibility for the service to his fixer, Eddy Cue. But was MobileMe's failings the fault of the engineers, or of the managers in charge of the project? Former member of the MobileMe team, Erin Caton believes the latter:

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Verizon CEO says he sold Steve Jobs on LTE for iPhone 5

While talking at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam claimed to have been the man responsible for convincing Steve Jobs to go 4G LTE on the iPhone 5. Sue Merek at Fierce Wireless reports:

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Development of the next two iPhones began under Steve Jobs, of course

One does not simply pull an iPhone whole from the void and birth it in a single day. As anyone involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of iPhone-class products will tell you, it takes a long, long time and roadmaps typically stretch out over years. So, it comes as little surprise that the next two generations of iPhone, likely including an S-type update to the current iPhone 5, began under the direction of Steve Jobs. Still, given Jobs legacy, hearing it reaffirmed again seems to make many people happy. Which brings us to Mike Aldrax's report in the San Francisco Examiner:

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Two letters from Steve Jobs

David Gelphman, former software engineer at Apple, shares a very personal, very human interaction with the late Steve Jobs:

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Steve Jobs' 2007 iPhone prank still gets local Starbucks orders for 4,000 lattes

Any true Apple fan will remember when Steve Jobs got up on stage and announced the first iPhone. You may also remember that one of his first calls was a prank call to a Starbucks location in California. He jokingly asked for 4,000 lattes to go and quickly said he was kidding and hung up. As it happens, this on-stage prank still spurs phones calls for the same order to that same Starbucks location.

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Art Levinson, Chairman of the Board at Apple, talks about life at Apple after Steve Jobs

The chairman of Apple’s board, Art Levinson, spoke to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on Tuesday, about a wide range of topics, including life at Apple after the death of Steve Jobs, and the role of Apple’s board in developing products. Levinson joined Apple’s board in 2000 and was said to be a close friend of Jobs, taking over the role of Chairman of the Board in November 2011, following the passing of Jobs the previous October.

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Steve Jobs threatened Palm with lawsuit over employee poaching

According to a court filing made public yesterday, Steve Jobs threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit in order to stop them from attempting to hire employees away from Apple. The communications between then-Palm CEO Edward Colligan and Jobs took place in 2007. The emails became public as part of a civil action brought against Apple, Google, Intel by five workers that alleged that these companies illegally conspired to end competition for one another’s employees. The threat from Jobs didn’t phase Colligan.

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Creating iMovie and iPhoto, and working with Steve Jobs, the ultimate product guy

Glenn Reid left Adobe to join NeXT, left NeXT to make NeXT software, and left that to join Apple just after Steve Jobs returned to the company, and brought with him what would become OS X. Reid was eventually tasked to build iMovie and iPhoto, and worked a lot with Steve Jobs on both projects. He's written up some of what that was like on his Inventor Lab Blog:

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