Think different: Some fascinating facts about Steve Jobs

No doubt that Apple’s Steve Jobs is one of the most renowned innovators of modern times, but do you know that his journey was anything but conventional. Read on to learn some interesting facts about the legend.

  1. Jobs was adopted: Steve Jobs biological parents, Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble, met at the University of Wisconsin. They had Steve out of wedlock, and at the age of 23, they felt they were too young to marry and, a child out of wedlock was unconventional. So, they gave up their son to the adoptive parents, Paul and Clara.
  2. Steve Jobs was a college dropout: After graduating from Homestead High School in Silicon Valley, Steve joined Reed College in Oregon but dropped out soon because he didn’t want to spend his parent’s money. He did attend some classes, including calligraphy, that led to Mac’s proportionally spaced fonts.
  3. Steve Jobs was not tech-savvy: Although he is recognized as a technology disruptor, Steve Jobs was not a qualified hardware or software engineer. His colleagues, including the co-founder, Steve Wozniak, claimed that Jobs didn’t know technology. He never designed anything, hardware or software and was rather business savvy and creative genius.
  4. He was fired from Apple: In 1985, after great differences between President and CEO Sculley, Steve Jobs had to leave Apple and started his next venture, NeXT. Later, NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1997, which resulted in Steve Jobs return to Apple.
  5. Apple’s first logo featured Isaac Newton: The original Apple logo had Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree and an apple about to hit his head. Apple’s most well-known rainbow logo replaced Isaac Newton and became the mark of the company for years to come. In 1998, a monochromatic Apple logo was introduced!
  6. Story of Steve’s black turtleneck: Jobs commissioned Issey Miyake to design a uniform for Apple employees. His employees hated the idea. But as Steve loved Miyake’s minimalistic design language, he adopted the signature turtleneck and ordered 100 exactly the same pieces for him.
  7. Steve’s earliest computer was auctioned for $500,000: One can’t imagine that a computer from 1976 would be running perfectly today. Apple’s rare Apple-1 was auctioned at Christie’s in a perfectly working condition. The colossal piece of engineering was sold for close to 500,000!

The legend’s final words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” But his genius lives on and will continue to be the beacon of innovation for many years to come.

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