The death of technological giant Steve Jobs came as a shock to many. Almost immediately after the news hit, Web searches on the Apple co-founder surged into the stratosphere. Jobs may have been one of the most innovative and brilliant minds in recent times, but it’s also worth remembering that he was also just a human being. And like any human being, he had a few slipups.
Make no mistake, Jobs was one of the greats. Almost everything the guy touched turned to gold. But even he got a few calls wrong over the course of his career. One of the biggest misfires was Apple’s Lisa computer (named after Jobs’ daughter). The Lisa was released in 1983 at a cost of nearly $10,000. While many aspects of the computer could be considered a success, its high price made it a tough sell. Add to that the fact that the superior (and less expensive) Macintosh computer came out a short time later. The Lisa was quickly obsolete.
It’s easy to forget that Jobs was forced out of Apple for a time in the late ’80s. During that period, he worked on a new company, NeXT Computer. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. The computers were full of cool features, but were priced far too high to catch on. Apple went on to buy NeXT in 1996, using its technology in the Apple operating system. I’m not sure if that’s irony, but it’s something.
Finally, there’s the Apple TV. I know, I know. It’s not really a failure. People who have it, love it. But I think most people would agree that this never lived up to its potential as a living room game changer. The original version was seen as too complicated, with too few features. Jobs famously referred to the product as “a hobby.”
Now, if I was going to list all the things Jobs got right, we’d be here all day. The many different iPods, the iPhone, the Macintosh, the mouse, the graphical interface, tablet computers, and, and, and… How did Steve Jobs’ vision affect your life? Is your life noticeably different thanks to him and his creations? Please leave a comment below.
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