Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne sign Apple Computer into existence out of the garage of Jobs’ parents’ home in Los Altos, California. The trio sign a 45-45-10 percent agreement in Wayne’s apartment in Mountain View. The agreement reads:
Wozniak shall assume both general and major responsibility for the conduct of Electrical Engineering; Jobs shall assume general responsibility Electrical Engineering and Marketing, and Wayne shall assume major responsibility for Mechanical Engineering and Documentation.
Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne register the corporation Apple Computer, Inc. under the laws of the State of California. The official logo for the corporation is an Apple with a bite taken out.
Apple launches its IPO on the NASDAQ selling 4.6 million shares at $22 per share. As soon as the bell rung in the NYSE about 300 millionaires were instantly created, some 40 of which are Apple employees and investors. Steve Jobs, the largest shareholder, made $217 million dollars alone.
One year on the heels of its Lisa debut, Apple introduces Macintosh at its annual shareholder’s meeting. The machine sports a graphical interface system that allows users to click on pictures with a device called a mouse. The development of the Macintosh is spearheaded by Apple chairman Steve Jobs, and the device is compatible with its Lisa systems, but not with its competitor IBM, which some analysts say could hurt sales because many corporations use IBM systems. The computer weighs seventeen pounds and is priced at $2,495.
Jobs is fired after a board meeting decided that his decision to drop the price of the 2nd-generation Mac was unacceptable. John Sculley, CEO, said to Jobs:
Steve, it’s not going to make any difference. The reason the Mac is not selling has nothing to do with the price or with the advertising. If you do that, we risk throwing the company into a loss.
Jobs introduces the iPod, a portable digital media player which can pack 5GB of music into a box the size of a deck of cards. The event is low key and is held at the Apple campus in Cupertino:
The biggest thing about iPod is it holds 1000 songs. Now this is a quantum leap because for most people this is their entire music library
Jobs announces the launch at MacWorld 2007.
We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls. It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on phones. We want you to use contacts like never before.
Jobs launches the iPhone 3G with its tapered look and thinner edges. The faster cellular connectivity of the iPhone 3G allows for download speeds nearly as quick as WiFi and speeds that are 2.5 times as fast as EDGE. The new 8GB iPhone is priced at $199 with a new two-year contract, while the 16GB iPhone (which will be available in white at a later date) will cost $299 under the same terms.
We’re gonna take it to the next level
Gaga and Carter travel to Cupertino to meet with Jobs at his request to discuss Apple’s music-centered social network Ping. Gaga and Carter criticize Ping’s lack of connectivity to other social networks, especially Facebook, as well as its design. It is reported that the leave “respecting Mr. Jobs’ overall vision.” After the meeting Carter calls Michelsen, a well-connected technology investor and entrepreneur, to find a platform for entertainers that could help them manage their fan base across all major social networks. Michelsen:
I said why try to find a platform, let’s try to build one.
Jobs passes away surrounded by his loving family. He had been ill for a number of years suffering from pancreatic cancer and was 56 years old. Apples board of directors say:
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.
Jobs is remembered by a small gathering of close friends and family attending at the Campus of Stanford Universities Memorial Church. Among the guests present are Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Joan Baez. California Gov. Jerry Brown declares the day to be Steve Jobs Day in the state of California and went on to say.
His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates. Steve Jobs embodied the California dream.
Jobs appears on the cover of People after passing away.
In a world littered with dull objects, he brought the beauty of clean lines and clear thought. He changed music. He changed film. He changed the personal computer and turned telephony on its head while he was at it. He was tenacious in the extreme, his toughness never more evident than these past few years in his fight for his life.
Magnolia Pictures releases the the trailer of Gibney’s Job’s documentary.
The trailer for Gibney’s The Man in the Machine documentary about Jobs’ life is released.
Brennan writes an article about her life with Jobs in The Daily Mail:
I’ve truly hated Steve at times, but never for very long. Sharing a daughter with him has forced me to think about things more deeply. Steve the saint, the alien, the despot, the punishing masculine god, the liar, the obsessed narcissist, the cult hero, the ID of the iEverything, the genius and the motherless boy. It is only because of Lisa that I have felt obligated to comprehend the many broken shards of Steve’s glittering brilliance. For all the sparkling, spacious beauty of the Apple Stores, Steve was a haunted house whose brokenness was managed and orchestrated by Apple’s PR team in an extremely masterful way. He told me once that he would lose his humanity in the business world. Though he came to lose sight of what was human and ethical all too often, the fact that he at one time knew the difference between who he was and the role he would play deepens my appreciation and love for him.
On the fourth anniversary of Jobs’ death, Cook sends a memo to Apple employees.
Each year since his passing, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much…What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and delight. A company that only he could have built. A company with an intense determination to change the world for the better.