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Jobs hailed as hero of design and prepress

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

It’s just over a week since Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away, so the various sectors of the media industry in which technology was largely driven by Apple have had time to reflect on his impact.

In the late 1970s, Jobs – along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others – designed, developed and marketed one of the first commercially successful personal computer ranges, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the potential of Xerox PARC’s mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and then the Macintosh. It was the user-friendliness and speed of these computers that led to Apple Macs becoming the stalwarts of the graphic arts industry, gracing design agencies and pre-press facilities all around the world – including, of course, those involved in the design and production of carrier bags. The Apple GUI was much copied – unsuccessfully, in the eyes of dedicated Mac users!

After losing a power struggle with the board in 1985, Steve Jobs left Apple and founded NeXT, a platform development company. In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd, which was spun off as the hugely successful Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder until its acquisition by Disney in 2006, making Jobs a member of Disney’s Board of Directors. Apple’s acquisition of NeXT in 1996 brought Jobs back to Apple, where he served as interim CEO from 1997, becoming permanent CEO from 2000. During this time, he fought an eight-year battle with cancer, which eventually led to his resignation in August 2011, his election as chairman of Apple’s board and his untimely death.

Ultimately the impact of the company Steve Jobs created has been far wider than the media and publishing industry. Apple has evolved into one of the world’s leading technology manufacturers, with iconic products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. During the past week, Apple has sold hundreds of thousands of its brand-new iPhone 4S – far in excess of expectations – and some believe that fans are paying tribute to the late Jobs by buying the latest Apple gadget.