Steve Jobs Essay

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in Los Altos, California. He is Co-founder, Chairman, and former CEO of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak high school friends and both college dropouts joined together to start Apple Computer in 1976. They are credited for inventing the first computer for home use. They made it possible for people to have a computer anywhere in their home, or on an office desk, where previously a single computer took up a whole room. There creation changed the world. However Steve Jobs didn’t change what was in the products but how they looked, functioned, and what they meant.

In 1776 the Apple I was finished being created. Jobs and Wozniak had spent six months creating the prototype of the Apple I in a garage. Originally they had hoped to sell the PC to other members in the Homebrew Computer Club, which they were a part of, however because Wozniak was an employee of HP to produce electronic devices professionally, he had to get a legal release from HP. So instead of asking for the release form they offered the PC to Hewlett Packard first. But no one at HP was interested in it. Since they were turned down Jobs insisted on producing the Apple I on their own. Jobs sold his old Volkswagen Bus and Wozniak sold his programmable HP calculator and together they accumulated around $1,250. They began to produce the first Apple I mainboards. Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne a former colleague from Atari, faced one problem that could have kept them from going ahead with production.

They did not have enough money to make the 50 computers that a local store “Byte Shop” wanted to order. Each Apple I would cost $100 dollars to build and sell for $666.66. Job’s keen business sense pushed him to convince a local parts supplier to give him the parts on a 30 day net credit. They completed building the computers in their garage in 10 days and delivered on their first order. In May 1976, HP finally granted Wozniak permission for the Apple I. After the success of the Apple I, Jobs and his business partners began to explore possibility of a more advanced system.

Jobs and Wozniak planned for The Apple II to include a color display, eight internal expansion slots, and a case with a keyboard. In the fall of 1976 Wozniak finished the Apple II prototype. Jobs realized that it could become a major success; however they still lacked funds to produce it in large quantities. In 1977 Mike Markkula invested $92,000 in Apple. It wasn’t until The Apple II that Jobs PC hit it big. While the power of computing formerly had been available only to techies, it was suddenly delivered to classrooms, dens, and offices. Apple II was introduced in 1977 as the first fully assembled, programmable microcomputer. Nevertheless this machine still required customers to use their televisions as screens and to use audio cassettes for data storage.

The Apple II sold for just under $1,300. The Apple II was the first true "personal computer" it was factory built, in-expensive and easy to learn and use. It provided the most extensive set of software, low cost floppy disks and easy modem operation. It eventually became one of the most popular computers ever due in part to the VisiCalc spreadsheet program (similar to today’s Excel) it was a business tool that made adoption of the Apple II a regular part of business. This was how Steve Jobs got his start… but it’s not how he became famous.

Steve Jobs was a part of something that changed how we thought forever. We knew after the Apple II that everyone could in fact own a computer, something that was previously unheard of and it changed everything. Jobs became famous for his designs and ideas of how things could be used. He didn’t only pay attention to what was in his products but what they looked like and what they meant to his buyers.

That is how he changed the world, not with what his products have in them, all of the components of his products are the same as any other out there, but with how they look and what they make easier in our lives. No one goes out and says oh I’m going to buy a MP3 player that’s only 29.00$, they’re going to want to buy Apples iPod even if they have the same software. When you buy an apple product you’re not just buying the actual product your buying what the product represents. Job’s ability to take what he wants in a phone, portable music device, and computer and make it real and wanted by the masses is a gift.

In conclusion, Steve Jobs changed the world not only with the invention of the Apple II in 76’which was in collaboration with Steve Wozniak, but with how he thinks. When Job’s thinks of the next big thing in technology he thinks about what he would want. He makes products that make life easier, they look good and they represent an idea.