The Loss of An Innovator- The Life Of Steve JobsOctober 11, 2011
A few Metal Arcade writers remember the life and innovations of the late Steve Jobs.
A week ago today, Steve Jobs passed away. When I heard the news, my first thought was how devastating it was. My second thought was how surprised I was that it affected me in this way.
The reason for this is that while alive, Steve Jobs was seen as the face of Apple, the company that made hip electronics for hipsters and nerds in the know. What we failed to see sometimes is that Steve Jobs truly delivered ground breaking technologies and changed how the world uses computers forever.
Jobs, with Wozniak pretty much invented the personal computer as we know it with the Apple II. Jobs then revolutionized it with the Macintosh. He then helped bring animated films to a new level with Pixar. With his return to Apple, he changed the music industry by bringing downloadable music to a mainstream audience with the iPod. The iPhone and the iPad were devices that could do almost anything you wanted.
His accomplishments are staggering, and with his legacy now brought to a close, it’s easy to see why we took what he did for granted. We didn’t know if he was finished yet. Now, we can thank him for being the innovator of our time. The inventor of our generation. Steve Jobs’ name will be placed proudly next to the greatest of minds- Edison, Einstein, and Newton, the namesake of Jobs’ company.
There will never be another like him, but let us hope there will be another as innovative as him, so that his work was not in vain.
Jason Bakker (Editor-in-Chief, Metal Arcade)
Steve Jobs held many accomplishments during his lifetime. His invention of iTunes finally “won” the music digital distribution battle, with over 100 million song downloads in its first year. He owned Pixar and helped shape that company into what it is today. He was the executive producer on Toy Story.
Almost everyone these days has either an iPod, an iPhone, or an iPad. His invention of iOS changed mobile gaming. President Barack Obama said it best when he stated that there is probably no greater tribute than the fact that half the world learned of his death through a device he invented. He was absolutely one of the greatest visionaries of our generation.