For us, Steve Jobs has been one of the most inspirational personalities in the world of technology. Without him, there’s no Apple, and the millions of people using iPhones would probably using something else. Here we have some more facts about this great visionary!
1. When inquired as to why he had named his organization Apple, he answered that when going through the dictionary, Apple appears before Atari. Before he started Apple, Jobs used to work for Atari. He also said that he is fond of apples and that he had a 5’o clock deadline to name the company that day.
2. Why was he dismissed from his own organization? It’s a known fact that Steve Jobs was let go from Apple in 1985. Some of you might be aware that it was because of a falling out he had with the CEO of Apple at that time, John Sculley, but only a few people are aware of the exact story about the disagreement. The story goes that Jobs needed to drop the cost of Macintosh as it was not meeting his expectations and was underperforming in the market and wanted to shift a big portion of advertising budget towards Mac instead of Apple 2. However, Sculley did not agree with this deal. His argument was that the poor sales of the Macintosh had nothing to do with the price, but with the unremarkable software in it. And when the matter was taken to the directors of the board, they sided with Sculley and fired Jobs.
3. Before Steve Jobs started Apple, he and Steve Wozniak sold and constructed digital blue boxes, which were $100 equipment that allowed people to hack telephone systems and permitted them to make calls to any number in the entire world. One of their first calls were made to the Vatican, in which Wozniak pretended to be Henry Kissinger and requested to talk to the pope. This was unsuccessful.
4. According to Steve Jobs, one of his life’s mysteries is that how his friend and co-founder of Apple II, Steve Wozniak, never agreed to build a floating point BASIC for the Apple II, even though Jobs begged him to do so for several weeks. After Wozniak refused to do it, Jobs contacted Microsoft and asked to license BASIC by Bill Gates.
5. Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman’s movie, “Anywhere But Here,” was a dedication to Steve Jobs by his sister, Mona Simpson. The movie was based on the book she wrote. The story revolves around a mother and her daughter who are hunting down success in Beverly Hills.
6. Since 1997, the year Steve Jobs became the lead executive of Apple, Jobs had kept his pay at only $1. In 2007, Jobs joked on his salary that he gets 50 cents for showing up to work every year and the other 50 cents is for how he performs throughout the year.
7. After Steve Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, he got admission to Reed College. He only took classes for one semester and dropped out of college. However, for the next year and a half, he kept on auditing classes that intrigued him.
8. Steve Jobs was known to be a pescetarian, meaning the only meat he ate was fish.
9. At the young age of 12, Jobs asked the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, William Hewlett, for some parts he needed to complete a project for school. Jobs was offered an internship by Hewlett at his company.
10. Jobs first met with the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, when they were in high school. At that time, Jobs was 13 years old and Wozniak was 18.
11. When there was a financial investor coming to pay a visit to NEXT in the mid 90’s, Steve Jobs ran to the garage and to take his Porsche away from the sights of the investor and asked Randy Adams, an employee at his company, to hide his Porsche too so that the investor would not think that they had money.
12. Following his return to Apple in the middle of 1990, Steve Jobs made a donation of Apple’s first machines, blueprints, and PCs to Stanford University. He was clearing up the past so that he could make space for the new. This was his method of letting the past go and of embracing the fate of a then genuinely troubled company.
13. Steve Jobs was very discreet about his personal life. He got married to Laurene Powell Jobs on March 18, 1991, in Yosemite National Park.
14. His wife has an MBA from Stanford University. President Obama appointed her as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions because she was actively involved with the non-profit community.
15. Even though Job’s wife is an active member in the non-profit sector, Jobs is not known to be charitable. During his early time in Apple, Jobs put a hold on all the charitable programs stating that they would hold up until they can make profits. Although these programs were never known to be restarted, they might have made a donation anonymously.
16. There were three founders of Apple, not two. Ronald Wayne, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs founded the company together in 1976.
17. Ronald Wayne designed the first ever logo of Apple and was also the one to write the original partnership agreement and computer manual for Apple I. Sadly, he sold his stake of 10% just after two weeks for only $800.
18. Jobs was not in favor of offering his products in the color white. He was convinced when Jonathan Ive, the designer, presented the “moon gray” shade.
19. In 1987, Steve Wozniak ended his full-time employment. However, he still receives an estimated stipend of $120,000 a year and is still an official employee of Apple.
20. George Lucas sold Pixar Animated Studios to Steve Jobs in 1986.
21. Jobs was a student at Reed College which is located in Portland, Oregon in 1972.
22. The silver Mercedes SL55 AMG Steve Jobs drove didn’t have a license plate.
23. Steve Jobs used to park his cars in the spot for handicapped people.
24. Steve Jobs had a pretty average GPA which was 2.65/4. Jobs never considered himself to be a good student and did not enjoy school’s structure. Instead, he opted to learn in different ways.
25. Inside every Macintosh computer, there was a signature of Steve Jobs. The metal plate that went inside every Macintosh computer was a model of a piece of paper which was signed by Jobs and his team.
26. As a user-friendly decision, the older laptops of Apple have the logo upside down.
27. The Apple Macintosh computer was actually named after a real apple, the McIntosh, as it was an Apple employee Jef Raskin’s (who was working on the project), favorite variety.
28. At the time of his death from cancer, Jobs’ last words were “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow,” as he looked over his family’s shoulder. This was revealed in Mona Simpson’s eulogy.