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Android 4.4.2 KitKat Privacy Issues…

Privacy
Privacy

Yes! Google has just removed a privacy policy feature from its Android mobile software.

You need their product! Then give your information! Its a Business.

Android mobile users should give their information in order to use some applications.This will be implemented from Android 4.4.2.

Android 4.4.2 has been released recently,the latest version of the worlds popular mobile operating system. 

According to Android – ‘For the time being, users will need to chose between either privacy or security on the Android devices, but not both’

Apple approves ‘only gay social app for 12 year and older’…

The founder of Distinc.tt planned to have an gay social app which is not centered towards Sex.It is an fully packed social app with features like event ticket,location,feed etc.

distincHow hard they try, gay community is considered as a torsos relationship.May be it may change when they are more in number.

Grindr is the best app for gays? Probably no.

Gays have a taste and unique style. what about it? They deserve more.There are number of killer apps released in the stores everyday.But the gay community hasn’t offered its full bloom of its tasteful side.

Fine urban studies theorist Richard Florida said, there will be upcoming gay cities when their numbers increase.

So they’ve created Distinc.tt. This, they claim, is “the only gay social app approved by the iTunes store for 12-year-olds and older.”

So what about Distinc.tt? It is not about sex centering?

Actually Distinc.tt build this app by using real-time collective knowledge about connecting trendsetting crowds,restaurants,travelers to the places and people with distinct interest.

CEO Michael Belkin told me that this is very different from, say, Grindr: “If you go on Grindr, people change their headline sometimes to ‘Visiting tonight, does anyone know the best place to go out?'”

Anyway the gay community got something they finally deserve.

Distinc.tt in iTunes
Distinc.tt in iTunes

Reference – http://news.cnet.com

Advantages and Disadvantages of Android…

Nobody thought this little Greeny Horny boy would become the competitor for mobile demons like Apple and Blackberry.This is an rapid hike.People started using this Android with lots of expectations.Android is an linux based operating system which is owned by Android.Inc.Later it was owned by Google.You dont have to be an Expert or  Scientist to give a review about this android but Anyone can who own a Android Device.I own a Android device so i thought to have this post.

Android

Advantages of Android:

Cost Effective:

make-money

The first thing about Android is its cost.People  who used to be with base level mobiles would be fed up with the boring options.But with the low price now they can go for Android phones with good design and lot of applications which is not possible with the Apple,Blackberry and some.

 

 

 

Multitasking:

multitasking

Android  has a multitasking option so you can run many applications simultaneously.As this is not a new stuff nowadays but it comes under Advantage room.

 

 

 

 

Easy Access of Store:

androidstore

So the store is in the home screen which is easy to access the applications.You dont need to settle with the fixed applications as the store is filled,filling and will be filled with plenty of applications.

 

 

UserInterface Big Screen:

BigScreen

Android breaks the word ‘More Money Big Phone’.Yes you can afford a big screen android mobile with your savings.So there is no need to close your bank account.

 

 

 

Disadvantages of Android:

Application Quality:

quality

Application Quality is not so good.There is no standard for these applications.Few application roam with the memory Leaks and Crashes

 

 

 

Battery Life:

battery

Android more wasteful than any otheroperating system, because this operating system is a lot of “process”in the background that lead to the battery quickly drains.

 

 

Virus Applications:

virusFew Android Applications contain virus also present in the Android Market.Due the lack of Quality Standard many applications contain viruses which makes your mobile hung.

 

 

Advertise:

advertise

Application in the Android phones can indeed be obtained easily and for free, but the consequences in each of these applications, will always be ads on display, either the top or bottom of the application.

iphone Vs Android

iphone Vs Android is one of the popular question which you may heard many times.I had that question too so i started my research on these devices.Here i have examined some of the major differences.

Hardware:

As we are dealing with the differences hardware will be the first choice which comes around.As Apple is the only one which makes the software for the iphone which makes the iphone and the software tightly coupled.On the other hand, Google offers its Android software to many phone makers (Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola, among others, offer Android phones). As a result, Android phones vary quite a bit in size, weight, features, user experience, and quality.It’s not uncommon to hear that some Android phones regularly overheat or freeze up or that some models are simply low quality. This inconsistency of quality isn’t an issue for the iPhone.

Apple offers users a single choice: what model of iPhone do you want (5, 4S or 4), not what company’s phone and then what model. Of course, some people may prefer the greater choice Android offers. Others, though, will appreciate the simplicity and quality offered by the iPhone.

Operating System:

If you want to make sure you always have the latest and greatest features that your chosen smartphone operating system offers, you have no choice but to buy an iPhone. That’s because Android makers are very slow about updating their phones to Google’s latest Android OS releases–and sometimes don’t update their phones at all.

While it’s to be expected that eventually older phones will no longer have support for the latest OS, Apple’s support for older phones is generally better than Android’s. Take for instance, iOS 5, its latest OS. It includes full support for the iPhone 3GS, a nearly three-year-old phone as of this writing. Because of that, roughly 75% of iPhone 3GS-4S users were running iOS 5 6 months after its release.

On the other hand, Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, is running on just 2.9% of Android devices 6 months after its release. This is partly because the makers of the phones control when the OS is released for their phones and, as that linked article shows, some makers have been slow to release it to their users.

So, if you want the latest and greatest as soon as it’s ready, you need an iPhone.

Application Selection:

While the iPhone App Store offers more apps than Google Play–about 700,000 versus 480,000 (as of July 2012)–overall selection isn’t the only factor. Apple is famously strict (some might say unpredictable) about what apps it allows and how it changes its policies, while Google’s standards for Android are somewhat more lax.

Many developers have complained about the emphasis on free apps for Android and the difficulty of developing for so many different phones. This fragmentation–the large numbers of devices and OS versions to support–makes developing for Android expensive (for instance, the developers of Temple Run reported that early in their Android experience nearly all of their support emails had to do with unsupported devices–but they support over 700 Android phones!). Combine these development costs with an emphasis on free that reduces the likelihood that developers can cover their costs and not all of the best apps make it to Android, and those that do don’t necessarily run on all phones.
Gaming:

Just a couple of years ago, video gaming–and especially mobile video gaming–was dominated by Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP. The iPhone has changed that. The iPhone (and iPod touch) has rapidly become a major player in the mobile video game market, with tens of thousands of great games. The growth of the iPhone as a gaming platform, in fact, has led some observers to forecast that Apple is well on its way to eclipsing Nintendo and Sony as the leading mobile game platform.

Beyond that, the general expectation that Android apps should be free (noted above) has led game developers interested in making money (i.e., almost all of them, and certainly all the major ones) to develop for iPhone first and Android second. In fact, due to various problems with developing for Android, some game companies have stopped creating games for it all together.

While Android has its fair share of hit games, the iPhone has the clear advantage here.

Adobe Flash:

The iPhone famously doesn’t run Flash–and never will–and makers of Android tablets trumpet that their devices do. If tablets using Android can run Flash, will Android phones be able to do the same?

The answer is sort of–and only older models. That’s because Adobe, the makers of Flash, have ceased development of Flash for Android. While older Android devices can use Flash, Adobe has said it will no longer support Flash on Android 4.1 and higher, and that it will no longer be available for download through Google Play after August 2012. So, Android users who want Flash will have to decide: do they want to stay on an older operating system or have Flash?

After reports that the experience of running Flash on Android was never very good–many reviewers have pointed out that Flash doesn’t work terrifically well on Android tablets and that it drains batteries quickly–Adobe’s decision seems to validate Apple’s original point: Flash is bad for batteries and device stability.

While its lack of Flash prevents the iPhone from viewing some web content, many sites have alternate versions that work with the iPhone. So, iPhone users do miss some of the web, but less and less all the time. And, they may miss the parts of the web, but with HTML 5 set to displace Flash and Flash’s own maker admitting it can’t make a version that works well on Android, you’d have to conclude Apple wins this one.

Battery Life:

Because of the greater variety of hardware used in Android phones, Android’s battery life is more varied and, on average, less than the iPhone’s. While early iPhone models had batteries that required a charge nearly every day, that’s no longer true. With recent models, it’s easy to go days at a time without needing a charge (though that will be tested with the iPhone 5).

The story is much more complex with Android, thanks to the large variety of models that run it. Some Android models now have 4-inch screen or 4G LTE networking, both of which burn through much more battery life. To get a sense of what that means, some 4G LTE Android phones are being touted as successes because they can work 8 hours straight without a charge. That means they don’t last an entire day, just a work day. I’m sure the faster networking is great, but that’s too much of a trade-off for me.

Add that to the battery-intensive apps Android phones run (including some in the background that the user doesn’t necessarily know are there), a charge every day (or less) isn’t unheard of.

Screen Size:

If you’re looking for the biggest screens available on smartphones, Android is your clear choice. It’s not uncommon to find Android phones with 4.3-inch screens, and the HTC One X offers a 4.7-inch screen, while the Samsung Galaxy Note stretches the ruler at 5.3 inches. So, for sheer size, Android it is.

The question, of course, is whether a screen that big on a phone is actually a good idea. After all, phones go in our pockets or purses, they’re held in our hands and to our faces, where huge devices may not necessarily be a benefit. And as we’ve seen already, large screens consume more battery power.

While Apple long held to the 3.5-inch screen size, the iPhone 5 brings a 4-inch screen. However, instead of making the entire device proportionally bigger, and therefore a less comfortable fit in the hand, Apple made the screen taller, but not wider. This allows the phone to still be easily used with one hand. Besides that, the Retina Display technology makes the iPhone’s screen much higher-resolution than Android screens. Still, if it’s raw size you’re after, Android’s the choice, but not by much.

Apple Campus 2 Outlook,Floor Design and Interiors!!

Apple Campus 2 Outlook:

Apple is building what is sure to be the coolest office building ever in Cuptertino, CA. the project will be built on a 175 acre area near the 280 highway. The total building will be approximately 2.8 million square feet, will feature a 1,000 seat auditorium (perfect for all but Apple’s biggest events), a fitness center, 300,000 square feet of research facilities, a power plant, and underground parking. But all of that sounds boring, what you really need to see is what it lookslike: a giant, flying saucer-like loop.  It will house over 12,000 employees in one massive building.

Apple Campus 2 Floor Plan:

As far we had seen the outlook of the Apple Campus 2 ,its awesome rite ?? yes sure there is no Doubt in that.Most of the beautiful buildings loss its score on the interiors  but Apple wont be in the list.the floor plan of the Apple shows that they are planning for a spaceship model!!. Check this floor plan of Apple Campus 2,

Apple Campus 2 Interiors:

The images on the site all tell a tale of grandeur, be it the life-sized glass panels overlooking a lush expanse or the signature minimalistic white for the interiors.

Called Campus-2, Apple’s headquarters in the making, resemble a spaceship. When the late Steve Jobs said the new campus would be a “little like a spaceship landed”, you knew you had to take it seriously. The project update, along with revealing a host of trivia also gave us, curious onlookers a sneak-peek into the action. The Apple Campus 2 project plans sent by Apple to the Cupertino City Council revealed the making of what Jobs had once said would be the “best office in the world”.

Jobs had also envisioned the unimaginable for the Apple Campus 2 – a solar roof. The circular roof, in question will be covered with photovoltaic solar panels, making it presumably the biggest of its kind in the U.S. The energy, thus generated would be put to use to fulfil the power generation needs for use at the Apple HQ, maybe not fully, but partially.

The entire construction is being touted to near completion in 2015.

Top Advantages and Disadvantages of iphone5!!

As we all expecting for the new iphone 5 its release date is announced as September 21.Apple made a huge effort on iphone 5 to hold their customers but as well they have some disadvantages too.So let me elaborate this,

ADVANTAGES:

A thinner iPhone

It goes without saying, but let’s walk through the dimensional specifics.

The original iPhone was 11.6 mm deep, grew to 12.3 mm with the 3G and 3GS, then shrank to 9.3 mm deep with the iPhone 4 and 4S. The “in-cell” shrink would probably shave off just under 0.5 mm, which isn’t much. the new back piece could shave as much as 1 mm off the total width, dropping the iPhone to just under 8 mm thickness.If the latter turns out to be true, it could mean at least a 14% depth reduction from the current iPhone and a 31% reduction over the original model. Millimeter changes are almost indiscernible to the casual eye, but to the hand? I notice subtle spatial differences in objects like smartphones far better by touch than sight. And a thinner iPhone would mean thinner cases, too.

Improved screen imaging

The more layers light has to pass through to get to your eye, the less clear the image on the other side of those layers is going to be. Anyone who’s lived with a smartphone screen protector for a considerable period of time, then pulled it off to swap in a new one, has probably noticed how much sharper and clearer the display looks with the protector removed (even a razor-thin piece of plastic can negatively impact how crisp or clear text and images on a display look).

An “in-cell” display wouldn’t solve the screen protector issue, but it would eliminate a significant layer in the light-to-retina equation, theoretically improving the clarity of images and text with or without an optional aftermarket protective layer.

Reduced (or counterbalanced) weight

Thinner, if Apple adds nothing else, also means lighter, though the iPhone 4S already weighs next to nothing at just 4.9 ounces — about as much as a deck of cards. Chances are Apple will instead use any weight reduction gains to add or augment other components, or possibly just to offset weight added by the rumored larger screen.

All iPhones, from the first in 2007 to the 4S in 2011, have a 3.5-inch diagonal display area, but the new iPhone is said to be the first with a larger screen — at least four inches diagonally, possibly more. Apple’s under some pressure to move to a larger screen given what its rivals — Samsung chief among them — are doing with competing phones like the Galaxy S II (4.3 inch display) or the brand new Galaxy S III (4.8 inch display).

Yes, “nearly 5-inch” displays aren’t for everyone, but 3.5-inches feels almost constrained in a smartphone-verse of at least 4-inch displays. A 4-inch (or slightly more than) iPhone display would pull Apple out of the screen real estate basement and more than justify the slight weight gain.

More space for a larger battery

Today’s iPhone boasts up to eight hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G, up to 200 hours of standby time, up to six hours of Internet use on 3G (up to nine on Wi-Fi), up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback. The reality, of course, is wildly different, with many people seeing only a fraction of Apple’s idealistic projections.

Increasing the battery size to squeeze a few precious extra hours of talk time or app use — even if it offsets weight reduction gains in the design — would probably be a boon for consumers. I know I’d much prefer longer battery life than see the iPhone lose any more weight (in fact I’d gladly accept a net weight gain for better battery life at this point).

DISADVANTAGES:

SIM Card Slot

iPhone 5 doesn’t have SIM Card Slot. Apple is working with SIM manufacturer Gemalto to create a unique SIM card, it allows people to buy the iPhone directly from Apple and choose a carrier via the App Store.

Connector

iPhone 5 features built-in wireless syncing capabilities, inductive charging a la Palm Pre. But it doesn’t include 30-pin connector.

Headphone Jack

iPhone 5 doesn’t have headphone jack, without headphone jack would suck since none of my vehicles have any kind of Bluetooth capabilities and won’t in the near future.

Cleverness Slide

iPhone 5 unlikely to let this cleverness slide, it would risk looking too much like every generic plastic Android phone out there.

The Man who change the WORLD

STEVE JOBS

1955
Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, where they lived on 45th avenue in San Francisco. His father was of “imposing demeanor” and before he was a repo man, he was an engine room machinist in the Coast guard. He’d tinker with cars and sell them for a profit.

Steve was a hyperactive child. Somewhere in his childhood, he ingested a bottle of ant poison and had to be brought to the emergency room.

Of being adopted, Steve would later say, “I think it’s a natural curiosity for people to want to understand where certain traits come from.” “But mostly, I’m an environmentalist. I think the way you are raised, your values, and most of your worldview come from the experiences you had growing up.”

1963
Steve said this about his early school years, with a hint of pride: “You should have seen us in third grade.” “We basically destroyed the teacher.”

1965
Even at 10, Steve’s attraction to electronics was becoming obvious to his parents. At one point in his childhood he got a bad shock when jamming a bobby pin into a wall socket. Paul moved with the family to Palo Alto, to handle the greater number of car repossessions that went with the greater of number of loans in the fast growing area known as Silicon Valley.

The Life of Steve Jobs
1970-1971
Steve Jobs discovers marijuana. (Note: That there is what we call a Photoshop.)

The Life of Steve Jobs

1970-1971 Part 2
Steve Jobs meets Steve Wozniak through a friend and they bonded quickly over electronics and pranks, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. They attempted and failed one particular prank, where a rigged sheet with the acronym SWAB JOB (The initals of the Steves’ and Allen Baum’s) was supposed to fall and cover a roof during graduation. The lesson Woz learned: Never brag about your pranks. Woz was the first person Jobs had ever met who knew more about electronics than he did; Woz admired Steve’s confidence with people.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1970-1971 Part 3
After reading an article in Esquire about phone phreaking, they begin working on Blue Boxes used to crack codes on the public telephone systems for free calls. Steve Jobs was still a senior in high school. They sold these boxes for $150 on campus, spending $40 on parts. Woz prank-called the Pope as Henry Kissinger. They met Captain Crunch, the subject of the article, one night. After departing, their car broke down on the side of the road. Some police found them trying to make free calls and got suspicious. Woz and Jobs got out of trouble by telling the officers their Blue Box was a music synth.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1972
Jobs attends Reed college and drops out after one semester. (He stated in his Stanford commencement speech in 2005 that he went because his birth parents insisted to the Jobs that he go to college.)

Jobs and Woz take $3 an hour jobs at the Westgate Mall in San Jose, dressing up as Alice in Wonderland characters.

The Life of Steve Jobs1973
Jobs remains in the Reed college area for 18 months dropping in random classes like calligraphy, which would later impact the typography on Macs.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1974
Returned to California and worked at Atari. He just showed up and said he wouldn’t leave until they hired him.

Steve goes on a spiritual trip to India with his friend Dan Kottke, and paid for Dan’s ticket. Upon wandering into a religious gathering, Jobs was taken away to the top of this mountain where the guru shaved his head. In India, Steve experimented with LSD. Dan shaved his head later, too, because he had lice. Steve left for California and gave Dan the rest of his money to continue his journey in India.

Back at Atari, Nolan Bushnell asked Jobs to work on a special project that would eventually become the game Break-Out. He made a deal to pay Jobs a certain amount if the machine had less than 40 chips. Woz, who was an expert at such things, helped Jobs complete the design in 48 hours, and Jobs got the bonus. The design was too complex to be manufactured. In 1985, Woz found out that his friend and partner had shorted him on that bonus, and is rumored to have been so hurt that he cried. When he was confronted at that time, Jobs is said to have repeated that he didn’t remember that happening. If Woz had found out earlier, he may have never joined up with Jobs to create Apple.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1975
In the Homebrew Computer Club, Woz was showing off two printed circuit boards that were built to drive output to a TV. Jobs continued working at Atari while Woz continued at HP.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1976
Woz and Jobs start Apple. It wasn’t a thrilling name, but it was functional, and it reminded Jobs of the time he spent on an apple farm in Oregon. On April 1st, they signed papers for equal ownership. To raise capital, Woz sold his HP 65 electronic calculator for $520 and Jobs sold his red-and-white VW bus for $1500—only half of which was ever paid, because the engine blew out soon after the sale. Their first order was for 50 Apple I computers, and Jobs made the sale barefoot. He confused the order and delivered circuitboards instead of finished machines with cases, and so had to take partial payment. By the end of the year, they shipped 150 computers.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1976 Part 2
Woz and Jobs decided the Apple II would load their OS from the circuit board, instead of needing to be loaded manually. It would also have a fanless power supply, something that needed to be designed from scratch using a switching model instead of a linear source.

Mike Markkula is their first investor. Seeing their work, he thinks he can put Apple on the Fortune 500 in 5 years (and he eventually does).

The Life of Steve Jobs

1977
Apple Computer becomes a corporation when Mike Markkula and Jobs and Woz sign papers at Mike’s house, on January 3rd.

Mike Scott becomes Apple’s president, and offends Jobs in two ways: First he awards Woz the position of being Employee #1 because his design was instrumental in the company’s founding. Jobs would later insert himself as Employee #0. Later, he informs Jobs his body odor is stinking up the office.

Jobs begins leaving his mark on Apple’s design by hiring Intel’s ad agency, Regis McKenna, to redesign the logo to the rainbow-filled Apple, which would be easily recognizable when small, although expensive to reproduce with its many colors. The bite out of its side was a play on the word “byte” and kept it from being confused with a tomato.

The Apple II premieres at the West Coast Computer Faire on April 17th as the world’s sleekest personal computer, in its plastic case. Woz developed the machine with only 62 chips and Jobs insisted they be neatly placed on the board. It has expansion slots but no visible screws (all were on the bottom).

Randy Wigginton, one of Apple’s first programmers, said that during the development of the Apple II, Woz and Jobs’ BFF friendship began to dissolve.

Jobs’ girlfriend, Chris-Ann Brennan, becomes pregnant, and Steve denies being the father. She refuses to get an abortion and it ends their relationship.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1978
May 17th 1978, Jobs’ daughter Lisa Nicole is born at the All-One farmhouse in Oregon, near apple orchards. Steve visited and helped name her but still denied paternity. At that time, Steve begins pitching a next generation business machine that will eventually be called the Lisa.

Steve Jobs designs a case for the Apple III, and builds it too small to fit the components the engineering team had constructed.

Apple moves into its Cupertino headquarters.

At the first Apple Halloween costume party, Jobs dresses up as Jesus Christ.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1979
He starts working on the Lisa project, rumored to be named after his then estranged daughter. They reversed engineered an acronym, “Local Integrated Software Architecture”, and a joke at the time insisted it stood for “Let’s Invent Some Acronym.”

The computer would have a UI based on the windowed and mouse driven interfaces inspired by tech at Xerox PARC. At one of the meetings at PARC, where they showed Jobs the tech, he reportedly jumped around the room excited saying, “Why aren’t you doing anything with this? This is the greatest thing! This is revolutionary!” He also said, to Rolling Stone magazine, ” I don’t think rational people could argue that every computer wouldn’t work this way someday.”

He bought a house in Los Gatos, and left it mostly undecorated. Only a painting by Maxfield Parrish, a mattresss and some cushions are noted as the major possessions in the home. (The photo above was taken by Diana Walker in 1982.)

Jobs is known for owning a Mercedes coupe. In this year he buys his first, along with a BMW motorcycle.

Jobs cuts his hair neatly and vows to become more business saavy. He started wearing suits, occassionally.

A word processor called AppleWriter was released. It worked with Apple’s first printer, Silenttype.

He takes a paternity test and it is 94.97% certain that Lisa Nicole is his daughter. He still denies that he is her father and Chris-Ann goes on welfare. A court order forces him to pay child support.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1980
Apple stock goes public. Jobs is worth $217 million by the end of the first day of trading.

Jobs’ friend and India travel partner Dan Kottke, received no stock at all, despite being employee #11. It is rumored that Jobs denied him stock because he felt betrayed that Kottke offered Chris-Ann a shoulder to cry on after her split with Jobs. Other early employees received little or no stock. Woz, on the other hand, offered stock to many who Apple did not provide for, giving away 1/3 worth of his shares under his Wozplan.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1980’s
Sometime in the ’80s, Jobs had this moustache. Related: Magnum PI aired first in December 1980.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1981
Mike Scott leaves post as CEO, unhappy with the job, but happy about the stock. Jobs takes over as president.

Booted from the Lisa team by management that disagreed with his tactics and doubted his leadership abilities beyond his vision, Jobs gets involved with the Jef Raskin’s Macintosh project, named after the McIntosh apple, with a typo. It was designed to be a $1000 appliance computer that would turn on and just work. Eventually, Jobs would take the project away from Raskin. At one meeting, Jobs threw a telephone book on the table and insisted it be no longer than that, and vertical standing. He commissioned frogdesign and Hartmut Esslinger to come up with the design language for the Mac, called Snow White.

Unlike Woz’s Apple II, it had no expansion cards. While much of Apple was becoming more straight laced, some credit Burrell Smith, a wildly creative tech who’s talent was being wasted in the service department, for creating a brilliant digital board that the rest of the team could build around. It was also notable, because unlike the Lisa project and others that were usually named after females (wives, girlfriends, daughters) the Mac was purposely named by Raskin to buck the sexist trend. (The project was originally called Annie.) Before much of this, in 1979, Jobs asked Raskin to come up with the specs before the price. And Raskin wrote a list of outrageous features meant to mock the idea. The list would, years later, describe most of the machine, vindicating Jobs’ method.

The Mac team defines the “reality distortion field” as different from how we describe it today: An engineer would mention an idea to Jobs, who would call it stupid, and weeks later he’d bring it up as his own, knowingly or not.

Jobs describes the case design of the Mac needing to be more like a Porsche than a VW. (He drove a Porsche 928 at the time.) He spoke design-ese and said this when judging a prototype coming from the car conversation: “It’s way too boxy, it’s got to be more curvaceous. The radius of the first chamfer [a beveled edge connecting two surfaces, says Wikipedia] needs to be bigger, and I don’t like the size of the bezel. But it’s a start.”

The Life of Steve Jobs

1981 Part 2
Jobs gives Bill Gates a demo of the Macintosh, and Gates agrees to develop software for it. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs disagree on the future of the computer, Gates believing in its business utility and Jobs believing in its benefit to common people. In the dramatized movie, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Gates uses this demo to kickstart Windows development, behind Jobs’ back. Apple engineers were to avoid showing Gates the Lisa, though, and were very secretive about what they demoed. Jobs cuts off Andy Hertzfeld, engineer and presenter, by shouting “Shut Up!” when he thought Andy was getting too close to revealing a secret.

When the first IBM PC came out, Apple took out a cocky ad in the Wall Street Journal led with the text “Welcome IBM. Seriously.” Jobs was quoted as saying that if IBM were to win, there would be a sort of “computer dark ages for about 20 years”. Steve also said, “We’re going to out-market IBM. We’ve got our shit together.” 20 years later, the heirs of the IBM PC, running Microsoft’s Windows, would have over 90% market share.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1981 Part 3
Here’s another photo of Jobs saying hello to IBM.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1982
Jobs makes Bill Gates and Microsoft promise to never work on any business software that would use a mouse unless it was for Apple. The fact that they did not exclude them from developing a competing operating system would allow Gates to develop Windows alongside the Mac software Microsoft was developing.

The Mac team’s building had a security system that would arm itself at 5:30PM, far too early for programmers who tended to come back to work after dinner. It went off every day, or at least plenty of times. Finally, Steve yelled for someone to destroy it. Andy Hertzfeld drove a screwdriver into the alarm and when a security guard showed up and yelled at them, Jobs took responsibility for the destruction. Obviously, he didn’t get in trouble.

Jobs is dating singer Joan Baez. Some say Jobs’ fascination with Bob Dylan, a former lover of Baez’s, is part of the attraction.

Jobs buys an apartment in NYC in the San Remo building over looking Central Park. He had it renovated by architect I.M. Pei, but would never move in and eventually sells it to U2’s Bono decades later.

The Life of Steve Jobs

1983
Steve Capps of the Macintosh team hoists a pirate flag above their building. The Lisa team steals it, but it is retrieved and stands for over a year.

Early in the year, a Time magazine cover story written by Michael Moritz (today a venture capitalist who was on the board of Google) began to reveal the darker side of Jobs to the public. It had quotes by Woz claiming he didn’t design much tech in the Apple II, and lots of snipes by anonymous sources. Jobs cancelled his new year’s plans and thought about the article.

People could tell when Steve was in the office, because he parked in the handicapped spot out front in his blue Mercedes. People think he did it because he was a dick, but David Bunnell has been quoted as saying it was because disgruntled Lisa or Apple II employees would come by and scratch it with their keys.

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy,” said Steve. The Mac project stole more and more technology from the Lisa project, especially after Burrell Smith figured out how to get the same processor as the Lisa, the Moto 68000, into the Mac. Jobs refused to make the two machines code compatible, however.

The final Lisa product would be released years later for $10K, 5 times the original project’s cost. It would tank, competing with IBM’s $3K machine.

Jobs hires John Scully to be CEO, from Pepsi, with the line, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” Others considered Scully’s lack of tech knowledge a drawback; Jobs saw it as an opportunity to guide the man who would be his boss.

Gates unveils Windows, claiming over 90% of the IBM machines on the market would run the software by the end of 1984.

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1984
Jobs meets Lee Clow, creative director at ad agency Chiat/Day. He says, “Am I getting anything I should give a shit about?”

Jobs presents the famous “1984” ad, directed by Ridley Scott (of Blade Runner), to the board. They absolutely hate it and vote to sell back the Super Bowl air time they’d bought (which cost more than the commercial’s production costs of $750K). They couldn’t sell the space, and they decided to run the ad, which pictured a dystopian world like that in Orwell’s novel, implicitly run by IBM and shattered by the coming arrival of the new Mac. The ad went on to win awards. Jobs said, “Luck is a force of nature…Using the 1984 theme was such an obvious idea that I worried that someone else would beat us to it, but nobody did.”

The Mac launches on January 24th. Jobs wore a polka dot bow tie and recited Bob Dylan lyrics from “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Then he unveiled the Mac, which began to speak using a voice synthesis program: “Hello, I am Macintosh”, finishing with, “So it is with considerable pride that I introduce the man who’s been like a father to me, Steve Jobs.”

The Apple III, meant to replace the Apple II, is discontinued on the same day Jobs announces the Apple IIc, a compact version of the II meant to feel more appliance like, to Jobs’ insistence. The celebration, called “Apple II Forever,” was interrupted by a 6.2 richter scale earthquake in San Francisco.

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1984 Part 2
The Mac initially sells well, but starts to falter in sales because of word of its bugginess and lack of competitive functionality. Programmers joke about the need to continuously swap disks for programs and saving files; they called it the “Disk Swap Olympics” or the resulting injury “Disk Swapper’s Elbow.” Microsoft’s three programs, Paint, Word and Write, were some of the rare applications available. People start to blame Jobs for not doing any market testing beyond what he would want.

Jobs gains control of the Lisa team again and berates them as having “fucked up” in front of the newly combined Mac/Lisa team.

Jobs’ Mac development team starts to discover that they, slaving under the motto of “working 90 hours a week and loving it” were grossly underpaid compared to the Lisa team’s staff, and even compared to the junior engineers on the Mac team. Many feel betrayed by Jobs. Bonuses helped alleviate morale problems, but then the profitable Apple II team became resentful of the Mac team’s privileges.

Jobs stars as President Roosevelt in a war-themed “1984” ad parody called “1944,” where Macs waged war on IBM computers. It costs $50k to develop and is shown off to the international sales team at the annual meeting in Waikiki, HI. “IBM wants to wipe us off the face of the earth,” said Jobs to Fortune magazine.

Vietnam Vet memorial artist Maya Lin is Steve’s most recent flame.

Jobs buys Jackling House, a 1926 Woodside CA mansion, built for mining and metallurgical engineer Daniel Cowam Jackling in 1926 by famous architect George Washington Smith. Jobs lived in the 17,000-square-foot house for another 10 years, hardly furnishing it. He rented it out for a time after that.

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1985
Jobs and Woz receive the first National Medal of Technology from Ronald Reagan.

Around this time, either before or after it, Jobs discovers that Woz has resigned. Woz would eventually going back to college under an alias, Rocky Clark. He earned a CS/EE bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Ella Fitzgerald sings at Jobs’ 30th birthday party at the St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, a black-tie dinner dance.

Jobs visits nerd and supermodel Bo Derek to convert her to a Mac user. She was unimpressed with both Jobs and the Mac.

Jobs says in a Playboy magazine interview that he was not happy that he learned, from a video tape he was not supposed to see, that every US nuke operated out of Europe was being aimed using an Apple II.

Apple executives start blaming him for the miscalculated forecasting of Mac sales and start to build up resentment of his management style. Mike Murray, Jobs’ lieutenant in marketing, writes a memo summarizing the problems that Apple has, laying much blame on Steve Jobs. He shows it to Steve first and his reality distortion field begins to deflate. The board and Scully strip Jobs of his control of the Mac group and the Lisa product line is killed.

Scully is tipped off by a VP that Jobs will try to unseat him while Scully attends a a trip to China. When confronted, Jobs says, “I think you’re bad for Apple and I think you’re the wrong person to run this company.” Scully calls an emergency meeting for the next morning. “I’m running this company, Steve, and I want you out for good. Now!” Scully made each man in the room pledge their alliance to Jobs or Scully. Jobs is quiet the entire time. Jobs goes to assure Scully again that he’d respect his leadership, but Jobs is plotting a final coup attempt behind his back. Tuesday evening, May 28th 1985, Jobs is stripped of all duties, but remains the chairman of the board. Friends worry he’ll kill himself.

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1985 Part 2
Jobs wanders for a bit; he tries to get NASA to let him ride the Space Shuttle, thinks about entering politics and learns about biotechnology. And then he recognizes that he loves creating innovative products and begins plotting a new venture. He informs Apple of his new venture, and his willingness to resign from the board. Apple considers keeping him on and investing in the new company, but realize that he’s taking key Apple technologists with him and Jobs ends up resigning entirely from the company.

He resigns at sunset, by handing a letter to Mike Murray on his front lawn, with press in attendance. Dramatically, he told the press, “If Apple becomes a place where computers are a commodity item, where the romance is gone, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that man has ever invented, I’ll feel I have lost Apple.” “But if I’m a million miles away, and all those people still feel those things…then I will feel that my genes are still there.”

Jobs sells almost all his Apple stock, over 4 million shares ($11m), citing a lack of confidence in Apple’s managment. He retains one. Some say for sentimental reasons, some say so he still receives quarterly reports.

Apple sues Jobs for using company research to launch a new company. Jobs responds, “It’s hard to think that a $2 billion company with 4,300 plus people couldn’t compete with six people in blue jeans.” The suit is dismissed before it could go to court.

Microsoft launches Windows 1.0, aping the look and feel of early Mac OS GUIs (which aped Xerox GUIs).

Scully allows Gates to use Mac tech in Windows if Microsoft would hold off on selling a Windows version of Excel, allowing Apple to get a foothold in the business market.

Jobs names his company NeXT. Their first project would be a workstation for higher education, inspired by his interest in biotech, that would be cheap enough for students, but powerful enough to run wet lab simulations. A Businessweek cover story at the time featured a quote by Andrea Cunningham, an ex publicist for NeXT, “Part of Steve wanted to prove to others and to himself that Apple wasn’t just luck… He wanted to prove that Sculley should never have let him go.”

Sometime during this year, Apple discontinues the Lisa.

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1986
Jobs spends $100K to have designer Paul Rand, creator of the IBM logo, among others, to create a brand identity for NeXT, including a logo.

Around this time, Jobs has begun to build his relationship with his daughter, Lisa, who is about 7.

Jobs finishes his sell-off of Apple stock.

Jobs buys Pixar out of Lucasfilm’s computer graphics group for a discounted price of $10m—$5m of which will be used for operations—so that Lucas could finance his divorce without selling Star Wars stock. Jobs is quoted as saying, “If I knew in 1986 how much it was going to cost to keep Pixar going, I doubt I would have bought the company.”

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1987
Ross Perot saw Jobs on TV, called him, and offered to be an investor. Jobs waited a week to play it cool. Perot gained 16% share of NeXT by investing $20m.

Jobs, sometime in his thirties, learns of his birth parents: Joanne Carole Schieble, a speech therapist, and Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian political science professor. He also finds out that they have a daughter—his birth sister—Mona Simpson, who is a novelist.

Mona, brings Jobs to a book party for her new novel, Anywhere But Here, revealing their relationship as siblings to those who attended the party. Some believe Jobs was the base from which Mona created her main character in a later book, A Regular Guy. Mona Simpson’s husband, Richard Appel, was a writer for The Simpsons, and he named Marge’s mother after his wife. His interactions with her, and upon learning how similar they were, impacted Steve Jobs. Steve Lohr wrote for the NY Times, “The effect of all this on Jobs seems to be a certain sense of calming fatalism—less urgency to control his immediate environment and a greater trust that life’s outcomes are, to a certain degree, wired in the genes.” Just years earlier, Jobs was firm on most of his character having been formed from his experiences, not his birth parents or genetics.

NeXT’s robotic factory opens in Fremont, not to control labor costs but to use lasers to more accurately solder circuits for improved quality.

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1988
Windows starts looking uncannily like Mac OS. Apple sues Microsoft for copying their GUI, claiming the earlier agreement to use Mac tech in Windows only extended itself only to Windows 1.0.

Jobs sells King Juan Carlos I of Spain a NeXT computer at a party, before it’s even been released.

In October, the NeXT computer, nicknamed the Cube, was unveiled in a symphony hall, to show off the machine’s stereo sound processing. The magnesium-cased machine had an ethernet port and inline graphics and audio in email (rare at the time), and a 17-inch black-and-white monitor. Most universities preferred color screens for workstations by this time. It also had a magnetic-optical disc that was a bit too slow and expensive. frogdesign’s Esslinger works on the ID, but only on the terms that he has free reign.

The PR machine tells the press that Steve’s mellowed out a bit, and gained some self awareness. One ex employee told an opposing story that ”everyone would put in their one vote. Then Steve would put in his 70 votes.”

Steve did change, though. One example is of the unusual pay scheme at NeXT. Up till the early ’90s, there were only two tiers of pay, $50K and $75K, based on how early you started in the company. Pay day came once a month and the check was for the upcoming 4 weeks. Seniors who joined with NeXT were given 2% in company stock. The even handedness stood in stark contrast with the chaotic pay and reward schemes found early at Apple.

At a dinner with important representatives from universities, the major target buyers of NeXT machines, the staff neglected to prepare a vegetarian dish for Jobs. He canceled the entire entree portion of the meal for the room, leaving a room full of potential customers hungry.[assocaite]

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1989
Apple is sued by the Beatles’ Apple Corp. Steve’s a big Beatles fan, once even saying his model for business is the same as that the Beatles have, the sum of the parts being greater than the individuals involved.

Apple is sued by Xerox for the GUI.

The NeXT cube starts shipping to customers. When asked about the ship date’s delay, Jobs responds that the computer is still five years ahead of its time, regardless.

In 1989, the last 2700 Lisa computers would be quietly dumped in a landfill in Logan, Utah, so Apple could collect a tax writeoff.

Mac Portable comes out.

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1990
About this time, Jobs meets Laurene Powell, when he speaks at a class at Stanford business school. They exchange numbers. Jobs had a business dinner that night. ”I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we’ve been together ever since.”

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1991-1992
The PowerBook comes out.

Steven Jobs and Laurene Powell are married at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, on March 18th in a ceremony held by Buddhist monk Kobin Chino. Their first child, Reed Paul Smith is born later that year, named after Reed college and Jobs’ father.

Around this time, daughter Lisa starts living with Jobs and continues to through her teenage years.

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1993
The Newton Message Pad comes out.

The Macintosh TV comes out.

John Scully ousted by the board in June, replaced by Apple Europe head Michael Spindler.

After selling only 50,000 of their machines, NeXT exits the hardware game, focusing solely on software. They work on porting the NeXTSTEP OS to 486 intel processors.

1994
PowerMac 6100/60 comes out.
QuickTake Camera comes out.

1995
Jobs and his best friend Larry Ellison, of Oracle, are on vacation in Hawaii and they discuss the possibility of a hostile takeover of Apple while walking on the beach. They’d arranged for $3m in financing and to have Jobs take the helm. “We came very, very close to doing it,” Ellison says to the NY Times, ”Steve is the one who decided against it.” ”I decided I’m not a hostile-takeover kind of guy,” Jobs says. ”If they had asked me to come back, it might have been different.”

Pixar releases Toy Story, Job’s 80% stake in Pixar is worth $600m.

Mac clones live.

Erin Seinna, second child to Steve and Laurene Powell, is born.

The Microsoft/Apple cases are finally settled; Apple loses.

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1996
“I am saddened by the fact…that Microsoft…makes really third rate products,” said Jobs in an interview this year.

To Fortune magazine, Jobs says, “You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that its the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But no body there will listen to me.”

Gil Amelio replaces Michael Spindler as CEO of Apple, and the stock soon hit a 12-year low.

Apple’s aging OS needs replacement. Apple considers buying BeOS, or even licensing Windows NT from Microsoft. But instead, they look to NeXT and the NeXTSTEP OS, which directly influenced Apple’s modern OS X UI, architecture and multitasking abilities, which is used in the iPhone and all Macs today.

Apple announces intent to purchase of NeXT for $430 million to pay back investors, and 1.5m in Apple shares to Jobs. Jobs would also re-enter the company as an advisor, bringing “a lot of experience and scar tissue.” He’s also recognized as having mellowed out in his management, as one Pixar employee describes: “After the first three words out of your mouth, he’d interrupt you and say, ‘O.K., here’s how I see things.’ It isn’t like that anymore. He listens a lot more, and he’s more relaxed, more mature.” Jobs attributed the change to an increased faith in people: “‘I trust people more.”

Jobs steps back onto the Apple campus, wildly changed since he’d last been there, for the first time since 1985.

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1997
“Steve is going to fuck Gil so hard his eardrums will pop,” says an anonymous ex Apple employee in regards to Jobs returning to Apple, to New Yorker magazine. Sure enough, Steve Jobs is swiftly installed as interim CEO after ousting Gil Amelio.

Jobs: “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”

Jobs calls Dell computers boring beige boxes; Michael Dell says if he ran Apple, he’d give the share holders back their money.

Jon Ive is hired, beginning a new era of Apple design.

The 20th Anniversary Mac, with a DVD player and TV tuner comes out as Ive’s first piece of work.

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1998
Jobs shuts down many projects, focusing on computers at Apple.

Eve Jobs born.

The first iMac is born.

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1999
Pirates of Silicon Valley, the movie, comes out. Noah Wyle plays Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall plays Bill Gates. The film opens on the set of the 1984 Super Bowl ad for the Mac.

2000
Jobs is the permanent CEO of Apple again.

PowerMac Cube comes out.

Jobs stops maintaining the Jackling House mansion he bought in 1984.

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2001
First Apple retail store opens in McLean, Virginia.

iPod comes out.

OS X 10.0 comes out.

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2003
Power Mac G5 comes out in familiar all-aluminum case.

Al Gore joins Apple’s Board.

Jobs discovers malignant tumor in his pancreas. It’s a rare form of pancreatic cancer that can be cured. He tries 9 months of alternative medicine, unsuccessfully curing the cancer.

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2004
Steve has a surgery to remove a tumor in July and takes a month off to recover. In a letter to Apple employees, he wrote from the hospital on a 17-inch PowerBook, “I have some personal news that I need to share with you, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me… This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas.”

Jobs receives permission to demolish the Jackling House and rebuild a smaller home on the land. Local preservationists veto the decision.

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2005
Apple announces Intel inside of Macs, long culminating project “Star Trek”, which was about running OS X on x86 Intel hardware. PCs and Macs are the same, essentially, component wise. Only software and design are their differences; Jobs’ awareness of design, emphasized early on in his days at Apple, and the importance of software over hardware learned at NeXT, would help guide Apple through the coming years.

Jef Raskin, father of the Mac, dies of pancreatic cancer in his home in Pacifica, CA.

Jobs turns 50.

iPod Nano, Video iPod, iPod Shuffle come out.

Jobs gives the commencement speech at Stanford, telling three stories, one about intuition and how he went to college and what he learned from it despite dropping out. One was about his love for Apple and losing the company. And the last was about death and his experience with cancer. The video and transcript are widely available online and the most personal look we have at his life during his second era at Apple.

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2007
The iPhone is announced in January, then launched in June.

Apple TV comes out.

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2008
Macbook Air comes out. Rumors abound about Steve looking too thin to be healthy.

Psystar announces a $400 mac clone, using Hackintosh work arounds to get OS X on a clone PC.

Jobs beings to give keynotes by sharing the stage with other Apple executives.

Gizmodo runs a rumor that Steve is sick and will step down in the Spring; the mainstream press denies it, particularly CNBC bureau chief Jim Goldman and some WSJ reporters, until January.

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2009
Steve Jobs takes a health related leave of absence in January, until June. Tim Cook takes over day to day responsibilities while Jobs retains the CEO title.

Jobs receives permission to tear down Jackling house and build a smaller home on the property.

Steve Jobs receives a liver transplant in Tennessee. The NY Times raises the question of how he received a transplant so quickly and the hospital releases a statement, with Jobs’ permission, that he received it quickly because he was the most sick on the list of recipients.

Steve Jobs returns to Apple in June 2009, quietly, by appearing on campus, and by being quoted in a press release.

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2010
Jobs begins 2010 by getting his keynote groove back in earnest, debuting the iPad in January.

At a corporate town hall, Steve calls Google’s “Don’t be evil” slogan “bullshit.” Employee applause follow.

Steve’s former tech pal Eric Schmidt turns foe as their companies become rivals. A later sit down meeting shows things are still tense.

Apple announces the iPhone 4 in June.

Design flaws in the iPhone 4 lead to spotty reception when gripped normally. Jobs replies to one user’s email, “Just avoid holding it in that way.”

A testy Jobs later holds an event to defend the iPhone 4’s antenna, but informs users they’ll be eligible for a free bumper case. He also takes the opportunity to claim his health is “fine,” call a WSJ article about antenna mis-engineering “bullshit,” and accuse the NYT of “just making this stuff up.”

The Magic Trackpad comes out.

Steve takes the keynote stage again to introduce new Apple TV, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, and iPod Shuffle.

Jobs makes non-tech headlines over email bickering with a 22 year old journalism student. “Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade,” he replies, before finally dropping a “Please leave us alone” bomb.

Apple sells more iPads than Macs for the first time ever.

Steve mounts the stage again to show off OS X Lion, iLife ’11, and two new MacBook Airs.

The Financial Times names Steve Jobs its Person of the Year, lauding him as “A rebuttal of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s much-quoted aphorism that there are no second acts in American life.”

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2011
After much anticipation, Verizon offers the iPhone 4. Steve Jobs not in attendance at announcement.

Jobs sends out a company-wide memo informing Apple that he’ll be taking another medical leave of absence, though says he will “continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” Tim Cook placed in charge of “Apple’s day to day operations.” It remains unclear whether the departure is a consequence of Jobs’ liver transplant or earlier bout with pancreatic cancer. “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can,” he concludes.

On August 24th, Steve Jobs announces his resignation as Apple CEO, moving to become the company’s Chairman of the Board. He writes the following in a letter to the company:

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

On October 5th, Steve Jobs passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family.