Thursday October 6, 2011 10:12
Even if you don’t have an Iphone or Ipad, Steve Jobs touched your life
Waking up to the morning news today, it dawned on me that Steve Jobs has died. Pardon the pun.
While driving my 7-year-old son to school, tears rolled down my face as I informed him that his Ipod and my Iphone that he uses to play games, listen to music, make videos and talk to family was invented by Jobs, who will be remembered in the same vein as original automaker Henry Ford.
While writing this I also realized that my son’s favorite movies, Toy Story and Cars, were created from Pixar technology of which Jobs helped create. Can’t wait to share this revelation with my little boy when he returns home from school.
I knew Jobs died yesterday. I got the news via text from my husband’s Iphone to my Iphone. Then, a CNN alert on my Iphone screen. Then, my Iphone-bashing teenager told me the news when I got home.
But what I realized this morning, that I overlooked when my best friend bragged about the Iphone and Mac for years and even when my teenager mentioned it yesterday, is that Jobs touched a part of everyone’s life unless they live in a Third World country without technology.
Jobs, who was 56 when he died yesterday after a years long battle with cancer, invented the first personal computer in the late 1970s by co-founding the Apple company so that regular folk would have daily access to technology reserved for engineers.
He invented Itunes to download a favorite artist’s songs without having to buy the CD at the store. He revolutionized the cell phone by inventing the touchscreen Iphone and the FaceTime feature that enables people to look at each other while talking on their cell phone no matter where they are. Finally, he invented the Ipad, a flat screen tablet PC, that will eventually cause the laptop, even Apple’s Mac, to be viewed as a deskto — nearly absolote.
You may not have an Iphone, an Ipod, an Ipad or a Mac, but you are a benefactor of Steve Jobs’ genius because your touchscreen phone, your desktop, your laptop, your MP3 player and the way you download music was inspired by his invention.
Even my teenage son who bashes the Iphone, offered that Jobs invents technology that others copy in order for rebellious, Apple-haters, like my son, to buy for a false-belief that they are immune to Jobs’ innovation that made him billions.
By Teneshia LaFaye