January 17, 2011 by staff
The visionary behind the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad, Jobs announced Monday that he took sick leave for unspecified health problems.
Born February 24, 1955 in San Francisco to a single mother and adopted by a couple in the vicinity of Mountain View just a week, employment has grown up among the orchards that would one day become the technology center known as Silicon Valley.
As a high school student, employment attended lectures at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto neighborhood, and worked a summer job there with engineer Steve Wozniak.
Jobs left Reed College in Portland, Oregon, after one semester, but continued to take classes, including a calligraphy class, he cited as the reason Macintosh computers were designed with multiple fonts.
When he was 20, Jobs made a spiritual journey to India, returning with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian dress.
He worked as a technician for video pioneer Atari game and attended a garage club called “Homebrew Computer Club” with Wozniak, a boy boy northern California, such as employment, was also College Dropout.
Jobs and Wozniak was 21 26 years old when they founded Apple Computer in the garage of the family home job in 1976.
While Microsoft licenses its software to computer manufacturers as machines cranked price for the masses, Apple has kept its technology and private catering for people willing to pay for superior performance and design.
Under employment, the company launched its first Apple computers and the Macintosh, which has become very popular in the 1980s.
Apple’s innovations include the “mouse” to make it easy for users to activate programs or open files.
Jobs has been elevated to idol status in the ranks of the Macintosh faithful, many of whom see themselves as a sort of alliance of rebels opposing the mighty Microsoft empire built into its ubiquitous Windows operating systems.
Jobs, who became the most public face of Apple, went from celebrity bachelor days that included a relationship with folk singer Joan Baez to move into family life in Palo Alto.
He married in 1991 at a ceremony presided over by a Buddhist monk. He has three children by his wife and a daughter with a woman he dated before marrying.
Jobs left Apple in 1985 after an internal power struggle and started NeXT Computer Company specializing in advanced workstations for business.
He co-founded the Academy Award-winning Pixar in 1986 from a former computer graphics unit that Lucasfilm Steve Jobs reportedly bought the movie industry titan George Lucas for $ 10 million.
He became a fighter, creative studio that produced the film’s box-office hits including “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo”.
Apple’s luster faded after Jobs left the company, but they reconciled in 1996 with Apple to buy neXT for $ 429 million and the growing use again on the throne of Apple.
Since then, employment has grown from strength to strength, the redesign of the Macintosh line, the launch of iPod MP3 digital music store in 2001 and the iTunes online music in 2003.
Jobs had surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004 but rebounded three years later with the popular iPhone touch screen.
The Walt Disney Co. bought Pixar in a pending transaction of $ 7.4 billion in 2006, which gave Jobs a seat on its board of directors and making him the largest shareholder of entertainment titan.
Jobs has taken a medical leave in January 2009 but returned to work in June after undergoing a liver transplant, looking thin, but in reported good health.
In January 2010 Jobs unveiled his latest creation, IPAD, which is on sale in April and has set the industry standard for computer touch pad.
Under Jobs, Apple made its Macintosh computer systems more compatible with PCs running Windows programs and increased its share of a market long ruled by machines based on Microsoft software.
In May of last year, Apple has surpassed Microsoft as the technology company’s most important American value.
Known for his trademark black turtleneck shirt costume, blue jeans and running shoes, employment is subject to reviews in references musical sentence involving his favorite artists such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
By revealing his latest challenge to health Monday, Jobs said he would continue as chief executive officer “and participate in major strategic decisions for the company.”
“I just love Apple and hope to be back as soon as I can,” he said.
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