Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 was an American computer entrepreneur and innovator. He was co- founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios. He became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006 following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in the 1995 movie Toy Story as an executive producer. As of October 2009, Jobs owned 5.426 million shares of Apple, most of which was granted in 2003 when Jobs was given 10 million shares. He also owned 138 million shares of Disney, which he had received in exchange for Disneys acquisition of Pixar. Forbes estimated his net wealth at $5.1 billion in 2009, making him the 43rd wealthiest American On October 5, 2011, Jobs died in California at age 56, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The Apple I, Apples first product, was sold as an assembled circuit board and lacked basic features such as a keyboard, monitor, a nd case. The owner of this unit added a keyboard and a wooden case.
The first The Macintosh PortableMacintosh, released in was Apples first1984 "portable" Macintosh computer, released in 1989.
The Newton was Apples first venture into the PDA markets, as well as one of the first in the industry. Despite being a financial flop at the time of its release, it helped pave the way for the Palm Pilot and Apples own iPhone and iPad in the future.
The MacBook Pro was Apples first laptop with an Intel microprocessor. It was announced in January 2006 and is aimed at the professional market.
The iPhone first became available on June 29, 2007 for $499 (4 GB) and $599 (8 GB) with an AT&T contract. On February 5, 2008, Apple updated the original iPhone to have 16 GB of memory, in addition to the 8 GB and 4 GB models. On June 9, 2008, at WWDC 2008, Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone 3G would be available on July 11, 2008. This version added support for 3G networking, assisted-GPS navigation, and a price cut to $199 for the 8 GB version, and $299 for the 16 GB version, which was available in both black and white. The new version was visually different from its predecessor in that it eliminated the flat silver back, and large antenna square for a curved glossy black or white back
Following complaints from many people, the headphone jack was changed from a recessed jack to a flush jack to be compatible with more styles of headphones. The software capabilities changed as well, with the release of the new iPhone came the release of Apples App Store; the store provided applications for download that were compatible with the iPhone. On April 24, 2009, the App Store surpassed one billion downloads. Recently Apple announced the release of the new iPhone 4s which retains the same form factor but includes many upgrades such as the A5 processor, iOS 5, and an improved camera.