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Sometimes in life something unexpected happens and you just don’t know what to do afterwards. A sort of empty feeling which is hard to describe. That’s exactly how I felt when I heard Steve Jobs was dead after many years of illness a few days ago.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple more than 30 years ago in 1976. Since then Apple has grown to be the most valuable company with some of the best products in the world. Think about Mac and iPhone, they really care about the user experience more than anything else.
I completely understand why many people can’t see why we love Steve Jobs so much. He was just a man, right? Of course, but his brilliant and crazy ideas changed the world forever. Steve knew technology alone wouldn’t do any difference. You have to make the products fun, magical and easy to use in order to make the customers excited. Do you remember how you felt the first time you touched an iPad?
In 2010 after introducing the iPhone 4 he said something which I think really describes the company.
What made Steve Jobs truly legendary for the Apple fans was the keynotes where he got to introduce all of the new products, just like the video above. Steve had the magical ability to sort of catch the audience. In many ways I think the audience was more excited to see Steve Jobs than the actual products. He was simply amazing and I can’t describe why.
My favorite moment with him is the iPhone 2007 presentation. You can really see how excited he was and today we know it was a revolution in technology.
Ultimately, Steve Jobs has been a huge inspiration for me. He’s why I love and care about technology and I personally see him as one of the greatest men who’ve ever lived. That’s why I still can’t believe how such a genius could pass away so early in life.
Rest in peace, Steve. We’ll all miss you.
Apple announced yesterday that Steve Jobs, the famous co-founder who most of us has come to love, has resigned as CEO of the company. Tim Cook has been chosen to be the new leader.
Here’s the heart breaking official resignation letter from Steve:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
We all knew it would happen at some point in time. Steve Jobs has been seriously ill for years now and in 2009 he underwent a liver transplant. But why is he so special? Simply because he’s one of the few people who has changed the technology industry completely!
Steve founded the company with Steve Wozniak exactly 35 years ago. Since then Apple has introduced many revolutionary products that’ve just changed everything. Think about the Machintosh, the iPod and the iPhone. Of course, Apple wasn’t the first to invent the phone. Instead they reinvented it by making it incredibly easy to use with new advanced technology. Apple has done this with many products and even if you don’t like the company I hope you’ll eventually admit it.
Personally I’ll never forget when Steve Jobs walked on stage in 2007 to introduce their first phone.
I found this little tribute to Steve Jobs and his work on YouTube. It’s nothing special but I like it.
For me, Steve Jobs wasn’t just the leader of Apple. He has also been a role model and he always will be. Almost a friend. He didn’t just invent products to sell them, he cared about every single detail. Nothing was too small to be closely examined and I hope other companies will eventually understand that.
I send the best wishes to Steve and his family. I hope he will continue to work with Apple and I hope they’ll always remember his visions and ideas.
A friend of mine has recently started a new website, ReviewsofTech, for all kinds of technology reviews. To help him, I’ve written a review of Tiny Wings for iPhone/iPod touch for his website. You can find it here.
This is something I have been excited about for a long time – the Mac App Store! It was released to all OS X Snow Leopard users today as an update and I’ve taken a very quick look at it.
The interface is very, very simple, just like the store we know from the iPhone. Once you’ve installed the newest software update a little new icon will show up on the dock. When you click it Mac App Store will launch, so it’s not a part of iTunes like the iOS App Store.
On the top we got a little menu with 5 buttons: featured, top charts, categories, purchases, and updates. You can click on them to browse different apps, but you can of course also use the search feature if you want.
You can click on any app to buy it or get a more detailed description if you want. Not much more to mention here.
So overall everything is so simple that I don’t really need to explain anything, but what about the apps? According to Apple there’s more than a thousand free and paids apps. That’s a lot an this number will probably increase very fast in the future.
I haven’t tried many apps myself yet, but I’ve seen some good ones, including Twitter, Angry Birds, Flight Control. And this isn’t just small useless apps anymore, I’ve also seen Lego Harry Potter, which is actually a “full” game, you know, like a “real game”.
Apple’s iWork and iLife applications is also in the store, and this time you can actually buy each app seperate. You don’t have to buy the whole iWork package just to get Keynote, for example. I think this is very nice, now I could use Keynote instead of the stupid OpenOffice Impress.
Remember, this is Mac apps. Your iOS applications won’t be in this store.
Downloading and installing apps is also like on the iPhone. Once you’ve logged in with your iTunes account you’re ready. Click one button and the application starts to download right on your dock.
It’s almost too simple when you’re used to get all your apps from the web.
You can of course download your apps to more than one Mac, but I’m not sure if it’s unlimited Macs or just 5 like in iTunes.
So overall I think the Mac App Store is pretty nice, but it’s not really much of a suprise like it was on the iPhone 3G in 2008. It’s just the iPhone App Store… on the Mac.
Everything works really nice and it looks like there’ll be applications of much higher quality than we’ve seen on the iPhone, so I can’t wait to see what will happen in the future. I might also do some application reviews soon.
If you have a Mac and haven’t updated yet, do it NOW! You can also visit Apple’s Mac App Store website to find some more information about the apps you can download.
Which gadgets, software and stuff can us geeks look forward to in 2011? I’ve made list of 4 things I am excited about:
Nintendo 3DS (e3.nintendo.com/3ds)
You’ve probably already heard about it, Nintendo 3DS is the next portable console from Nintendo. It has two screens just like the previous DSi but this time one of them can show 3D without the user needs to wear special glasses or anything.
There are lots of upcoming games for this console too, including Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.
New iPhone, iPods, iPad and Macs (apple.com)
Like every year there’ll of course be new Apple products too. A new iPad, new iPods, new MacBooks and so on. The next iPad will probably be the first product to be introduced in just a few weeks.
They’ll also release their new OS X Lion operating system next year.
Mac App Store (apple.com/mac/app-store)
Also something from Apple. The online store for applications, we know from the iPhone, is coming to the Mac.
This is something I am very excited about! It’s going to be released for everyone with the newest OS X Snow Leopard operating system. It’s coming Janary 6th.
Chrome OS notebooks (google.com/chromeos)
Last year Google announced their new operating system based on their Chrome-browser. It’s mostly for people using the surfing the web since it’s bascially… a web browser.
2011 will be the year when we’ll get to see lots of new shiny notebooks running this operating system.
There is probably more cool stuff to be relased next year. What are YOU excited about?
Apple has just held a conference call to talk about financial results. This time Steve Jobs decided to talk a bit about Apple’s competition and ‘open’ vs ‘closed’.
First of all, he mentions RIM, and that Apple has known passed them. Steve doesn’t see RIM catching up with Apple in the future, mainly because of the App Store.
Then he mentions Android. Steve thinks it’s fragmented because of all the different phones, compared to the iPhone where all phones are the same.
“Google love to characterize Android as open, and iOS and iPhone as closed. We find this a bit disingenous and clouding the real difference between are two approaches. The first thing most of us think about, when we hear the word “open”, is Windows, which is available on a variety of devices. Unlike Windows, hovever, where most PCs have the same interfaces and run the same apps, Android is very fragmented.
Many Android OEMs, including the two largest HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The users are left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone where all handsets work the same.
I think he’s totally right. The reason I think the iPhone is the best phone right now, is because there’s only one. I don’t like the fact, that I’ll have to choose between hundreds of Androids phones, just to get one that’s already old tommorrow. I wrote a post about this half a year ago. You can find it here.
Open vs closed
After some more iPhone vs Android talk, he goes into a open vs closed talk:
“You know, even if Google were right, and the real issue is closed versus open, it is worthwhile to remember that open systems don’t always win. … (Some Microsoft and Google talk) … In reality, we think the open vs closed argument is just a smoke screen trying to hide the real issue, which is what’s best for the customer – fragmented vs integrated. We think Android is very, very fragmented, and becoming more fragmented by the day. And as you know, Apple strives for the integrated model, so that the user isn’t forced to be the systems integrator. We see tremendous value at having Apple, rather than our users, be the systems integrator. We think this is a huge strength of our approach compared to Google’s, when selling the users, who want their devices to just work, we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time.
And we also think our developers can be more innovative if they can target a singular platform, rather than a hundred variants. They can put their time into innovative new features, rather than testing on hundreds of handsets. So we are very committed to the integrated approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as ‘closed’. And we are confident that it will trump over Google’s fragmented approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as ‘open’”.
It’s hard for me to comment on that, I think. I don’t like when something is too closed, but I don’t like something either that just doesn’t work, so both ‘open’ and ‘closed’ has their own advantages. And I think the same thing about ‘fragmented’ vs ‘integrated’.
He also talks about why the iPad is better than 7-inch tablets because, according to him, a 7-inch screen just isn’t big enough. He says:
“It’s meaningless unless your tablet also include sand paper, so that your user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.”
I think he might be right about that. I don’t like all the new huge phones myself, because they’re just to big to carry around. I remember people thought the iPhone was big, when it came out, but now phones are getting way bigger.
For just 2 days ago, Apple held their iPhone 4 Press Conference to talk about their new mobile phone. They mainly talked about the antenna problem, which everyone has been talking about, including me.
Apple decided to offer free cases to all customers, and if they still don’t like the phone, they can get their money back. People with bumpers already can get a refund.
Steve also mentioned that only 0.55% of iPhone 4 customers have called AppleCare about the issue, and that the phone only has a 1.7% return rate. Apple also showed other phones with the same problem.
They played this song at the start of the conference. Pretty catchy, huh?
Yesterday, Apple once again introduced a new phone. This time, the new iPhone 4. It has been completely redesigned and has many new features, including front-facing camera for video-chat (FaceTime), 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, A4-chip (like the iPad) and an amazing new screen.
Visit Apple’s iPhone site for more information about this new device.
So do I like it? To be honest… I don’t know. The design is pretty awesome, but I think I like the old just as much. I’ve always loved the round curves of the 3G and 3GS. I do like all of the new features. The camera looks great and I’m sure the A4-chip makes it very fast.
As Steve Jobs said, I think I’ll have to see it in person before I can say more.
Here’s a video from the keynote by CNET.
Oh, and yes… It’s the same device Gizmodo got their hands on some weeks ago.