The Legacy of Steve Jobs
My First Apple
As a young student, I purchased my first Mac in 1991. It was a Macintosh Classic. It came with a 9-inch (23 cm) monochrome display with a 512×342 pixel resolution, 2 megabyte memory, and cost me more than 10.000 NOK. It was the nicest thing I had ever owned. Since then I have owned about 25 different Apple devices, and my iPhone 4 is now the nicest thing I have ever owned.
Steve Jobs is the man who invented, and re-invented, Apple. His vision was to create a "computer for the rest of us", and user friendliness was always his main concern. Apple became famous for its design, and according to Steve: “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Jobs' Legacy and the Future
Since the late 80’s Apple developed from a computer company to an ecosystem: It started with the symbiosis of software and hardware and grew to include devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and content (music and apps). Today we don’t even know what their newest concept, iCloud, will bring…but we still find it both exiting and promising!
- In what ways have technology changed our lives compared to that of previous generations?
- What were the great inventions of our parents’ generation?
- May technology pose a threat in any way to our society, if so how?
- What are some of the benefits of technology?
- Technology makes a lot of tasks easier to carry out. We use computers in almost every line of work these days. Some suggest that this makes our society very vulnerable. How can that be?
Group WorkSteve Jobs looked into the future and defined our needs before we actually felt them ourselves. What do you foresee will come in the future? Make a list of five great inventions yet to be made. Use your creative powers!
Use a search engine like Google or Yahoo and search for Steve Jobs' legacy. Try to sum up what was typical of Steve Jobs and his technological inventions based on a variety of sites. Present your findings in a three minute oral presentation.