Enterprise Mobility: Steve Jobs: The Mastermind Behind Apple's Must-Have Digital Devices
With the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, it's only fitting to pay tribute to the products the man conceived and helped bring to fruition at Apple, one of the most creative and successful digital product companies in the world. Jobs' influence on consumer electronics is legendary, dating back to the mid-1970s, with the introduction of the garage-built Apple I computer, the company's first personal computer model. Not every product Jobs and Co. produced turned to financial gold for Apple, but the ones that did succeeded on a scale never seen before. Starting with the Apple II in 1976 and right up to the iPad tablet computer in 2010, Apple has managed to crank out one hit after another, although the company lost much of its creative force during the time Jobs was exiled from the company he built between 1985 and 1997. But he restored it glory on his return with a string of hit products that started with the iMac and continued on through the iPod, the hugely popular iPhone, and the iPad, which set the standard for tablet design. By the time Jobs stepped down as CEO in August, Apple's market capitalization had reached $341.5 billion, more than oil power Exxon's $341.4 billion. This eWEEK slide show spotlights the Apple products that were developed under his leadership.
Immense iPhone Sales
Why start with the iPhone? Because with more than 128 million units sold to date, the iPhone is the most successful smartphone ever produced-and certainly the most popular smartphone in the United States. It's ubiquitous around the world and it ushered in the touch-screen smartphone era at a time when consumers had grown accustomed to typing email on RIM's BlackBerry phones.