I’ve been meaning to post again on St. Matthew’s calling, but life happened, I got sick, etc.
But since I heard of Steve Jobs’ passing, I’ve really been thinking a lot about the impact he made on the world. I’m no groupie of his, loving every single thing he’s said or done or supported, but you cannot look at our lives today without seeing his influence. The idea that I’m typing on a graphic interface, using a mouse, that I don’t have to remember what to type in DOS to kind something on the computer … that I commented on Twitter and Facebook first from my iPhone … It’s unbelievable. My kids are sitting upstairs watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which made grand use of computers and programs Apple made. I have every Pixar movie created on DVD. I have two iPods, an iPhone, and everyone else in the family has at least one iPod. We have two Macs.
Heck, even if you HATE Apple with the heat of a thousand suns and avoid their products, you likely have products that were inspired by Steve Jobs’ creations.
Creations that a lot of people laughed at when they debuted.
From CNET, 2001:
Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD Intelect, said that the iPod will likely stand out for its large storage capacity but predicted that the device may have trouble digging out a niche in the market.
The most expensive MP3 players that use flash memory sell for around $249 right now, with the average player selling for less. Many are also adding features for playing mini-CDs. Sonicblue’s Rio 600, for instance, sells for $199. It comes with 64MB of flash memory for storage. Apple’s new device has far more storage–enough for 50 hours of music–but it costs twice as much.
The iPod has “good features, but this is a pretty competitive category,” Baker said. “The question is whether people want that robust of a feature set with that high of a price.”
There were a lot of similar things said about the iPhone and the iPad.
But, it’s been said that Steve Jobs knew what we wanted before we knew we wanted it.
His legacy is pretty amazing. And now, he’s facing his Maker.
So let’s say a prayer for the repose of his soul, and thank God (and Joanne Schiebel) for the great things Steve Jobs was able to accomplish with the life he was given.