Steva Jobs, Apple and their greatest Technology innovations till date

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs recently resigned from his post of CEO of Apple and immediately in after-hours trade their stock price came down nearly 8%. That is the power and trust Steve Jobs created in minds of his followers or even his competitors.

Today is a very sad day for everyone who followed him as a role model whether s/he is Apple user or not. Steve Jobs died at the age of 56.

This world will never ever forget this great man who brought us closer to technology and innovations that we see today and the world will follow his path tomorrow for sure. 

Though there is some amount of doubt in minds of Apple shareholders, the company will stand firm on its ground because of rigid base created by Steve Jobs in his tenure. It’s now up to the company to take responsibility and make Steve Jobs incomplete dreams come true.

I am a big fan of Steve Jobs and Apple, I am sure you too.  So thought of bringing together on a page what Apple and Steve Jobs brought in to this world.

This post was written when Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple and never thought I would ever need to edit it so soon. 

1] The Macintosh Computer (1984)

The Macintosh computer was released in January of 1984, with 128K RAM of memory. It quickly became obvious that this was insufficient, so eight months later Apple released an updated version, un-officially referred to as the ‘Fat Mac’. It has 512K RAM, four times as much.

Before the Macintosh, all computers were text-based – you operated them by typing words on to the keyboard. The Macintosh is run by activating pictures (icons) on the screen with a small hand-operated device called a “mouse”. Most modern-day computers now work on this principle, including modern Apple computers and most others which run the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Except for the very expensive and unpopular Apple Lisa which came out in 1983, the Macintosh is considered to be the first commercially successful computer to use a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

2] The PowerBook 100 series (1991)

The Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100, co-designed by Apple and Sony, featured a 16 MHz processor, 4 MB of RAM, and either a 20 MB, 40 MB, or 80 MB hard drive in a compact portable case with a 9.0″ monochrome passive-matrix display and an external disk drive. Basically, the PowerBook 100 was a redesigned version of the Backlit Portable in a smaller case that only weighed five pounds (2.3 kg), a full ten pounds lighter than its predecessor (6.8 kg). The PowerBook series placed a keyboard towards the screen so users can rest their palms comfortably along with placed a trackball in the centre. This brought $1 billion revenue to Apple.

3] The Power Mac G3 (1997)

The Apple Power Macintosh G3/233 Desktop featured a 233 MHz PowerPC 750 (G3) processor with 512k backside cache, 32 MB RAM, 4 GB hard drive, 24X CD-ROM drive, ATI 3D Rage II graphics acceleration with 2 MB VRAM (expandable to 6 MB) and the standard audio input/output — all packed into an easily expandable desktop case.

The Power Macintosh G3 models were the first Apple Macs to use the “third-generation” (G3) PowerPC 750 processor which also unveiled a new “backside” level 2 cache for a substantial performance boost compared to earlier systems using  level 2 cache. Custom configuration options included an Ultra/Wide SCSI hard drive, internal DVD-ROM drive, internal Zip drive, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, Superior graphics, FireWire card and more.

4] The iMac (1998)

The original Apple iMac – featured a 233 MHz PowerPC 750 (G3) processor, 512k backside level 2 cache, 32 MB of RAM, 4 GB IDE hard drive, and either ATI Rage II graphics with 2 MB of VRAM or ATI Rage Pro Turbo graphics with 6 MB of VRAM packed in a Bondi Blue & Ice colored, Retro Futuristic all-in-one case design with a 15-inch crystal clear CRT display.

Apple promoted the iMac as a revolutionary new Mac for the Internet age, hence the ‘i’ prefix came in, and it was unique not only for its look, but also for being the first Mac to include USB ports – new standard of that time with support for up-to 127 devices – replacing serial ports. It was the first Mac without a floppy drive.

Then came rainbow-colored iMacs. The famous commercial we already have imprinted on our brain. Think hard! (Hence I am posting the first advert)

5] The PowerBook G3 Wallstreet (1998)

The PowerBook G3/233 (Wall Street) featured a 233 MHz PowerPC 740 (G3) processor (no backside cache), 32 MB RAM, 2 / 4 MB of SGRAM for video, 2 GB hard drive, and 20X tray loading CD-ROM drive in a curvaceous black portable case with 12.1″ STN (passive matrix), 13.3″ TFT, or 14.1″ TFT color display.

The Wallstreet PowerBook G3 Series had 2D/3D graphics acceleration, zoomed video support, dual hot-swappable bays to hold batteries or expansion modules, dual Card Bus compatible PC card slots, and ‘fn’ key to create a numerical keyboard for quicker data entry. The 13.3-inch and 14.1-inch models had S-video out as well.

6] The iBook (1999)

Following the iMac models, the iBook was introduced as a low-cost portable Mac for the consumer market – likewise lacked FireWire ports, video out, and even a microphone. However, the iBook introduced AGP-based graphics on the Mac as well as the innovative new optional AirPort wireless networking card. Later to become commonplace, AirPort made it possible to connect multiple iBook systems wirelessly to the Internet when paired with an AirPort base station or other wireless system.

7] The Power Mac G4 Cube (2000)

The Power Macintosh G4 featured PowerPC 74xx (G4) processors in the wonderfully easy-to-upgrade case design introduced with the Power Macintosh G3 Blue. The Power Macintosh G4 Cube featured a unique, compact design that was not financially successful, but inspired the Mac mini series.

8] Mac Mini (2005)

The Apple Mac mini G4 featured a 1.25 GHz G4 processor with 512k on-chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of 333 MHz PC 2700 DDR SDRAM (and 512 MB later), 40GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, slot-loading 8X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor (4X AGP) with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM.
DVI-to-VGA adapter included, USB 2.0, FireWire, and a headphone/line out jack, as well as support for AirPort Extreme (802.11g) while Bluetooth with optional upgrade. The Mac mini shipped without a display, keyboard, or mouse.

9] The Intel based iMac (2006)

The Apple iMac Core Duo 17-Inch replaced the PowerPC G5 processor with an Intel Core Duo processor, making it the first desktop Mac series to be powered by Intel. The iMac lineup became Apple’s popular series for the consumer market, featuring stylish all-in-one case designs and affordable performance.

10] The Original iPhone and iPod Touch (2007 onwards)

The original iPhone was a handheld device combining mobile phone, iPod, and Internet communication. It was a Quad-band GSM )850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) featuring 3.5″ display with 320×480 resolution at 163 ppi, 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of flash memory, built-in Wi-Fi, EDGE and Bluetooth 2.0, with 2 megapixel camera in a stylish case just 0.46″ thick that weighed 134gms. The device promised up to 8 hours of talk time, 24 hours of music playback, 7 hours of video playback, and 6 hours of web browsing and up to 250 hours of standby time.

The original iPhone introduced a multi-touch interface that allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the glass display.The original iPhone also had an accelerometer to determine if it is being held in portrait or landscape mode and switch automatically, an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness based on need, and proximity sensor to turn off the display when it is held to the ear.

This device and its next upgraded models went on to change the entire smartphone market.

10] The MacBook Pro (2007)

The MacBook Pro replaced Apple’s flagship PowerBook line and were the first Apple notebook systems to feature Intel processors.

11] The MacBook Air (2008)

The Apple MacBook Air features a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor 2GB or 4GB of onboard 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 64GB or 128GB flash storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor with either 256MB or 384MB shared DDR3 SDRAM. This all is packed in a razor-thin (0.11-0.68 inch), 1kg, aluminum case with an integrated FaceTime video camera, a backlit full-size keyboard, and 1.6″ widescreen TFT LED backlit display (1366×768 native resolution).

12] Apple TV 2 (2010)

Apple TV 2 is set-top-box designed to easily rent movies and TV shows from Apple as well as stream movies, shows, photos and other content from a Mac, PC, iPod, iPhone or iPad all at 720p and 30 FPS (not 1080p). It has built-in support for Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe streaming as well. In a significant departure from the original Apple TV, the second generation model is designed for streaming and rentals alone – no longer requires a Mac or PC for tethering. It is powered by an Apple A4 processor and runs a variant of the iOS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad but it does not formally run the iOS and cannot run iOS applications.

13] Apple iPad 2 (2011)

Compared to the original iPad, major differences for the iPad 2 models include a thinner, lighter case design, faster processors, system-wide mirroring support, and the cameras. Read more about iPad 2 here.

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Long live Steve Jobs

RIP Steve Jobs. It’s really hard to believe you won’t be around anymore.

(Source: everymac)


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