Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs and MacRumors

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and was responsible for catapulting the company to wild success with products like the iPod and the iPhone, was born on February 24, 1955, and were he still alive, today would mark his 63rd birthday.

    Jobs not only founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976 and directed the future of technology with the development of some of the first personal computers, but he also brought Apple back from the brink of failure even after being ousted from the company he created.


    Though he passed away in October of 2011 when he was just 56, Steve Jobs had a lasting impact on Apple's culture. As current Apple CEO Tim Cook often says, Steve Jobs' DNA -- his taste, his thinking, his unwavering perfectionism, his dedication to hard work, and his lust for innovation -- will "always be the foundation of Apple."

    There are no Apple products -- and few technology products -- on the market that have not been influenced by Steve Jobs in some way, however small, and had we not had Jobs, the world might be a different place today. Millions of lives have been touched by Apple devices, including the lives of each one of us here at MacRumors and all of the readers who visit the site every day to see what's new in the world of Apple.

    MacRumors shares a birthday with Steve Jobs, and as of today, the site is turning 18. MacRumors was founded on February 24, 2000 by Arnold Kim, and what started out as a small side project has flourished and grown right alongside Apple into the best Apple news site on the web.

    We here at MacRumors are grateful to all of our dedicated readers, community members, and volunteers, and we look forward bringing you Apple news and rumors for the next 18 years.

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  2. Stiss, Feb 24, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2018

    Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    Happy birthday Steve.
    Only a few people deserve to be called a genius but you're one of them.
  3. smarch macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
  4. 25ghosts macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2008
    Happy Birthday Steve. This world was a better place with you in it !

    And thanks to MacRumours for being what it is !
  5. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    It's unfortunate that Tim Cook did not follow his footsteps.
  6. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
  7. krause734, Feb 24, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2018

    krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Wonder what Steve would think of the iPad Mini, iPhone X notch, Face ID/animojis, no new Mac Mini/Pro in years, MBP touchbar, Homepod errors, easy login flaw, etc. He was a perfectionist. Apple will never be the same. He gave us what we didn't know we needed and it was magical.
  8. AngerDanger, Feb 24, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    I'm by no means a Jobs fanatic; I didn't agree with every decision made under their authority, and I don't pull out the cliché "Steve never would've _________." Nonetheless, Jobs was a phenomenal presenter and consistently had me excited for products I had absolutely no need for. I can go back on YouTube and watch MacWorld demos in which Steve makes me totally want to applaud a 30GB hard drive… in 2018.


    Happy Birthday to both of you!
  9. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Ahahaha I'm exactly the same when I watch those old videos.

    "Damn right Photoshop 6.0 screams on the G3!"
  10. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    Well happy birthday!

    According to Bing, today is also the 436th birthday of the Gregorian calendar, and the day Wayne Gretzky earned his nickname "The Great One" by breaking the single season scoring record.
  11. anthorumor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
  12. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Totally agree with this! I bought an iPad because I wanted one, despite having no need for one. Years later, I haven't bothered to upgrade it.
  13. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Happy birthday Steve. We miss you. Here's hoping Apple continues to see your vision for the tech they make.

    Also congrats to MacRumors for another year on the web!
  14. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
  15. Guy Clark Suspended

    Guy Clark

    Nov 28, 2013
    London United Kingdom.
    Happy Birthday Steve Jobs. Apple is entirely without direction and focus now you have passed.

    Steve Jobs was a respectable man who drove Apple with pride and ambition ever seeking innovation and changed the way in which we use computers and Hand Held devices in the modern day. How happy he would have been to see Microsoft fail so dismally in the mobile market on the back of Ballmer laughing at the iPhone.

    How happy he would have been to see all the mainstream manufacturers attempting to copy the MacBook Air over the years without success.

    Would he have crippled the Mac mini in 2014 NO

    Would he have have crippled the MacBook Pro with USB-C NO

    Would he have multiple new projects in the pipeline YES

    Would he have allowed the Mac mini to go four years without a refresh NO

    Would he have had consideration for the Apple consumer YES

    .....the list is endless without his focus and direction.
  16. Mac2Crack macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2009
  17. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    Happy Birthday Steve!

    There are so many wonderful stories about Steve, but I think what typifies my admiration for him was a story about his response to the VP8 codec.

    Steve Jobs emailed a response to a someone's question that contained a blog post of an x264 developer at 4:30am California time. Do you think Tim Cook understands the concept of open source, let alone actively follows an open source developer who gives technical analysis of why Google VP8 standard was DOA? Do you think Tim Cook thinks about technical standards and responds to Apple enthusiast questions at 4:30am?

    Steve cared about details. No one worked harder than Steve Jobs. He was constantly thinking, and his entire consciousness was devoted to advancing Apple.

    URL - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/20/jobs_on_vp8/
  18. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  19. Guy Clark Suspended

    Guy Clark

    Nov 28, 2013
    London United Kingdom.
    Just that MacRumours should be renamed iOSRumours given the amount of iOS content.
  20. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I always thought it weird when the birthdays of dead people are celebrated. I thought a birthday was a celebration of life—you made it another year. Steve Jobs was great but he’s not coming back to blow out those candles.
  21. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    No matter what happens to Apple, people will still be talking about Steve Jobs in 100 years time.

    Rest in peace.
  22. panjandrum, Feb 24, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018

    panjandrum macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2009
    United States
    Happy Birthday Steve - a true hero to me, even if only in hindsight.

    While Steve was alive I made the mistake of not attributing nearly everything good about Apple to him, even though he oversaw the revival of Apple (both financially and in terms of product quality) after the incredibly dark times surrounding the 7.5 era. I really disliked decisions such as discontinuing the Newton, among others.

    Through it all I thought Steve was a determined leader that had surrounded himself with other talented persons who were also responsible for much of the progress and that the press was probably just glorifying Steve due to his charisma (aka "reality distortion field"). That's not to say I didn't always respect him, and agree with much of what he did, I simply thought he was a significant part of a group of talented people.

    I was a fool:
    After seeing what's happened to Apple, beginning not with his death, but almost the moment he had to start relinquishing control due to health issues, it is now obvious that Steve was almost solely responsible for Apple's fantastic software, hardware, reliability, innovation, and integration. Most importantly he seems to have been the only person working in the entire da*n industry that actually understood that the single most important thing about technology is how it integrates properly with human beings so that humans can use it easily and intuitively. He was OCD enough to obsess even over the little things that make a huge difference, especially as they pile-up.

    Another small-business owner I work with on regular basis (also in the computer-support industry) put it more succinctly than I could: "I've never seen any company go to sh*t as fast as Apple has."

    The new Apple does not carry "Steve Jobs' DNA -- his taste, his thinking, his unwavering perfectionism, his dedication to hard work, and his lust for innovation" with them - they sh*t all over it...
  23. SOLLERBOY macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2008

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