Last published on August 26, 2011:
Steve Jobs "iQuit" therefore iJob-less 12-inch Figure
We've all heard the news - Apple's legendary co-founder and top ideas man Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive on Wednesday in a move long expected after he began a dramatic fight with cancer. No reason was given for Job's resignation, but his health problems, including a lengthy medical leave for a liver transplant in 2009 and his gaunt appearances at public events, fueled speculation he would have to give up the everyday running of the company he co-founded in 1976.
Jobs is seen as the heart and soul of Apple, with analysts and investors repeatedly expressing concern over how the Cupertino, California-based company will fare without the figure seen as its driving force. "Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company," board member Art Levinson said in a statement.
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Jobs is a living legend in Silicon Valley. He is the beloved visionary behind the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad as well as the iTunes online shop. Jobs was 21 and Steve Wozniak 26 when they founded Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs's family home in 1976. Under Jobs, the company introduced its first Apple computers and then the Macintosh, which became wildly popular in the 1980s.
While Microsoft licensed its software to computer makers that cranked out machines priced for the masses, Apple kept its technology private and catered to people willing to pay for superior performance and design. Jobs was elevated to idol status by ranks of Macintosh computer devotees, many of whom saw themselves as a sort of rebel alliance opposing the powerful empire Microsoft built with its ubiquitous Windows operating systems.
Jobs left Apple in 1985 after an internal power struggle and started NeXT Computer company specializing in sophisticated workstations for businesses. Apple's luster faded after Jobs left the company, but they reconciled in 1996 with Apple buying NeXT for 429 million dollars and Jobs ascending once again to the Apple throne. Since then, Apple has gone from strength to strength as Jobs revamped the Macintosh line, revolutionizing modern culture and launching a "post-PC era" in which personal computers give way to smart mobile gadgets. [ source: CNA ]
This is the Head Play 1/6 scale Steve head sculpt that bears a striking resemblance to Steve Jobs. Only problem: no glasses :( other than that, I think this looks very much like Mr Jobs himself.
Miniature iBook G3 ("Clamshell"). The iBook G3 was the first Mac to use Apple's new "Unified Motherboard Architecture", which condensed all of the machine's core features into two chips, and added AGP and Ultra DMA support. The iBook was a commercial success. The line continually received processor, memory, hard disk upgrades, and new colors. FireWire and video out were later added. The design was discontinued in May 2001, in favor of the new "Dual USB" iBooks.
So what's Steve Jobs going to do now that he's no longer CEO? Maybe he can become iSpy, just like a certain MI6 Agent / Dangerous Man Spy
Outfit courtesy of Loading Toys Dangerous Man/Spy boxed set (reviewed HERE)
Or perhaps he could take a nice long vacation to relax and recuperate - iSee, iLike, iFly
Take Care, Mr Jobs. You will be missed. But seriously, Jobs will still be around as chairman of the Apple board and the company has product plans mapped, according to the analyst. Apple is expected to launch a fifth-generation iPhone in September or October 2011.
Related post: "This is a Job for Steve!" Preview pictures of unofficial and unlicensed 1/6 scale Steve Jobs Limited Edition 12-inch Collectible Figurine HERE