Products that defined Jobs' career
Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he's listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents. Here are some of the early products created under his direction.
. Apple I (1976): Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it. Jobs orchestrated the funding and the marketing.
. Apple II (1977): One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. It was still largely Wozniak's design.
. Lisa (1983): Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp.'s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse.
. Macintosh (1984): The Macintosh was cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign. People soon realized how useful the graphical interface was for design.
. NeXT (1989): After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. Its software lives on as the basis for Macintosh and iPhone operating systems.
. iMac (1998): When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer. It captured the imagination just as people were having their eyes opened to the benefits of the Internet.