Was Steve Jobs An Innovator Or Just A Tweaker?
Steve Jobs, who founded Apple in a garage back in the nineteen eighties, died on 5th October 2011.
It is no question that Steve Jobs death effected a lot of people. In fact, his death propelled Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs to the best selling book of 2011. In this biography Walter reveals many hidden aspects of Jobs’ life, and he even displays different angles of his life which were hidden before the death of Steve Jobs.
Walter Isaacson displayed Steve Jobs not as an innovator, as most believed, but as a tweaker. He said that Jobs stole ideas from others and marketed them as his own ideas, by improving them and doing a few tweaks to them, to make them perfect.
The New Yorker talks about the life of Steve Jobs as the tweaker:
He borrowed the characteristic features of the Macintosh—the mouse and the icons on the screen—from the engineers at Xerox PARC, after his famous visit there, in 1979. The first portable digital music players came out in 1996. Apple introduced the iPod, in 2001, because Jobs looked at the existing music players on the market and concluded that they “truly sucked.” Smart phones started coming out in the nineteen-nineties. Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, more than a decade later, because, Isaacson writes, “he had noticed something odd about the cell phones on the market: They all stank, just like portable music players used to.” The idea for the iPad came from an engineer at Microsoft, who was married to a friend of the Jobs family, and who invited Jobs to his fiftieth-birthday party…
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