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Apple products that defined Steve Jobs' career

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.

Apple products that defined Steve Jobs' career 08/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:44pm]
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