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Famous Steve Jobs Quotes: His Life Experience in His Words

Steven P. Jobs, technology innovator and co-founder of Apple Inc., transformed computers, cell phones, music and movies. Jobs’ passion, brilliance and vision inspired a generation and will influence future generations. His legacy and impact is massive. As Apple said in a company statement, “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”


Steve Jobs died Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

For decades to come, people will talk about Steve Jobs and how he changed not only technology, but the world. Here, Steve Jobs himself speaks about life, work and the future:

On Life:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

On Running Apple:
“We’ve never worried about numbers. In the marketplace, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. Ad campaigns are necessary for competition; IBM’s ads are everywhere. But good PR educates people; that’s all it is. You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.”

- Playboy interview, 1985

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

On Computers:
“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone.”

- Playboy interview, 1985

“Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas…I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”

- 1994

“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list. That didn’t look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of lomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

- Interview for the documentary “Memory and Imagination,” 1990

On Relationships:
“We’ve kept our marriage secret for over a decade.”

- Jobs’ answer to interviewer Kara Swisher asking about the “greatest misunderstanding” in Jobs’ relationship with Bill Gates. (May 2007)

On Product Design:
“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

On Business:
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

- 60 Minutes interview, 2003

On Death: 
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

Steve Jobs’ achievements and legacy will never be forgotten. As a member of the great pantheon of technical innovators, he will live on as an inspiration to others…wherever minds aspire to create better lives for us all.

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Flash for your iPhone or iPad

It’s been a long time coming, but Flash is finally available for Apple iOS devices. FINALLY – iPhone and iPad users can access content using Adobe’s Flash application. Adobe made the announcement at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam.


“You’re going down, Flash!” Steve Jobs has always hated Flash.

Traditionally, Apple has not embraced Flash. In fact, retiring CEO Steve Jobs has been openly critical of Flash. There are several theories as to why. Nonetheless, the new features in Flash 4.5 (in addition to delivery to iPad and iPhone) include integrated content protection and on-demand stream packaging.

Back in a Flash
For people who want to stream media online, Flash 4.5 gives users the ability to work across platforms, whether it’s Apple iOS operating system, Android, or RIM’s Playbook. However with a price tag of $995, Adobe Flash Media Server isn’t within the range of the casual user, it’s more in line for publishers who are looking to deliver content using it.

At the Amsterdam tradeshow, Adobe also unveiled Flash Access 3.0, which works in conjunction with the software to provide content protection and a monetization solution. The new version lets content providers securely deliver content, regardless of the type of device end users are using. Flash Access 3.0 supports mobile devices like smartphone and Android tablets.

In addition, Flash Access 3.0 enables scalable license delivery on a grand scale so content providers can deliver multiple channels of content potentially to millions of users. Flash Access also supports various industry standards, such as UltraViolet, which lets users create video libraries and access them across with different devices. The new software will be a huge asset to Flash app developers and content providers.

Why Does Apple Hate Flash?
While Flash runs on Apple’s laptops, Steve Jobs and Apple have been against using Flash on their mobile platforms, like the iPhone. Why? Well, think about it; many games and videos run through Flash. Apple sells games and videos through the Apple App Store and iTunes. By supporting Flash, Apple is taking away from their own sales.

Back to the announcement. Ben Rolling, Vice President of Development for AEG Digital Media, which engages in more webcast management than any other company, welcomed the improvements. “Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 improves the stability of our video streams, decreases load times, and helps us better manage encoding and bitrates for an improved end-user experience on mobile devices and online,” he said. “We can trust that it will deliver rock-solid video streams…whether we’re streaming the royal wedding or the Grammy Awards.”

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, the man who has been the guiding force at Apple, driving both the iPhone and iPad launches, as well as the company for the last decade, has resigned his post as Chief Executive Officer at Apple Inc. The announcement was made today.


Steve Jobs, visionary.

Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook (who has been filling in for Jobs since January), will take over as CEO of the company.

Jobs, the company co-founder, and his health has been the focus of much speculation since he took a medical leave two years ago to receive a liver transplant. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The markets had already closed prior to the announcement, but Apple stock (AAPL) is expected to take a hit in light of the announcement.

The announcement via BusinessWire:

Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Steve Jobs sent a personalized letter announcing his resignation to the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community. In it, he said he would still serve on Apple’s Board of  Directors.

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