13 Things You Need to Know About Steve Jobs And Apple
Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most successful men of the century. He was the mind behind all the Apple products that we know and love. In 2010, it was estimated that Steve Jobs net worth was $8.3 billion. However, when he was younger, he may have had questionable hygiene!
Steve Jobs used to work at Atari in order to provide himself with a wage so he could survive. Allegedly, Jobs was actually put on the night shift because of his hygiene! It is said that he never bathed, and would walk around the office in his bare feet.
Steve Jobs was always known for his signature image of a black turtleneck, sneakers, and blue denim pants. What fewer people relate with him, though, is the silver Mercedes SL55 AMG he always drove, and the fact that it never had a license plate.
Jobs had driven the same car for years, but never had a license plate on it. He was also never fined by the police for it. So how did he get away with it? It's all because of a loophole in the California vehicle laws.
Anyone in California has a maximum of six months after the issuing of a plate number to put a license plate on a new car. All Jobs did was change cars every six months to an identical, new model, so that he could keep the plates off.
Of course, doing this for most of us would be senseless hassle, as well as potentially very expensive. The gimmick would also probably run its course soon, and in the event the vehicle was stolen, identification would be much more difficult.
Steve Jobs has had an annual salary of $1 for over a decade.
This may seem like a noble, if not crazy, gesture at first glance...but don’t worry, Steve’s still making out quite well in the end. As Apple’s largest shareholder with 5.5 million shares of their common stock, his total personal assets around worth around $1.84 billion! He also received another $248,000 this past year for lending out his private plane for business usage. This is not to mention the fact that Jobs is also the majority shareholder in terms of Disney stock from when he sold them Pixar! Because he doesn’t take the salary of a “real” CEO, he also pays less in taxes on the dividends earned from this Disney stock.
For those outside the US, a GPA of 2.65 / 4 is considered pretty mediocre. Jobs never thought of himself a good student, and in fact, is one of the most famous college drop outs to make huge fame and fortune for himself. He prefered to learn in different ways and didn't enjoy much for the structure of schools.
This information was gathered from some recently revealed documents that the FBI made when they made a background check on Jobs for a possible nomination to pres. George HW Bush's administration.
Stories say that when the Macintosh was complete, there was a big party at Steve Jobs' place. He made the team that worked on the machine sign a piece of paper. The piece of paper became the model for a metal plate that would go inside every Macintosh computer.
It's kind of a strange thing to sign the inside of a computer, especially one that was not really user-serviceable. Why did Steve Jobs want to have the entire team sign it? In a word, art.
For Jobs, the original Macintosh was not just a computer; it was a piece of art. It was the first mainstream computer to have a graphical user interface, and the team had employed a number of people who had artistic qualities as well as technical ones.
As all great artists sign their work, Jobs thought, so should the Mac team sign the piece of art computer they had made.
Steve Jobs called a Google Engineer on a Sunday with an emergency: the gradient on their O was slightly off
Steve Jobs' attention to detail is legendary, almost as much as how demanding he was to the people he worked with. That's why Vic Gundotra, who was responsible for all Google Mobile applications in 2008, rushed to call Steve Jobs back when he called him on a Sunday during his church services. Vic describes Steve's request as follows:
"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.
"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"
While this may seem excessive, almost tyrannical to some, Vic Gundotra had a different read on it:
"But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday."
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In an unfathomable loss for the world, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios, passed away earlier this evening at the age of 56.
We at OMG-Facts are deeply saddened by his untimely passing and wish his family and friends our sincerest condolences in their time of need. We hope you all will use Jobs' passion for life and innovation as an inspiration in your own lives. He truly had a profound impact on not only our lives, but the course of human history.
Please take the time to watch the following video if you have never seen it. It is Jobs' commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. It might just change your life.
The founders of Google originally wanted Apple’s Steve Jobs as their CEO.
At the time, Apple was far superior to Google, but Jobs saw that the young company had a great deal of potential, so he agreed to act as a mentor for its creators, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. He even chose to share some of his advisors with the two Google founders! Jobs even took on Eric Schmidt, the company’s eventual CEO choice, as one of his board members at Apple.
None of these decisions posed much of a problem until the two tech giants later became direct competitors in the various areas of the hardware realm with such devices as the Android phone. Jobs saw these moves as a direct threat to his own company and felt betrayed by his former apprentices, saying “Apple didn’t enter the search business, so why did Google get into the phone business?” He believed that they had stolen some of the features of the iPhone and decided to keep the development of the iPad a secret from Schmidt!
Steve Jobs met his biological father, and didn't realize it for YEARS!
Of the many tidbits coming out through the new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, this is one of the most curious ones.
Steve Jobs finally tracked down his biological mother, who then introduced him to his sister, Mona Simpson. She turned out to be an accomplished novelist and shared many traits with Jobs; they eventually formed a very close relationship.
While Jobs didn't want anything to do with his biological father, Mona Simpson eventually tracked him down (he had abandoned her and her mom when Mona was 5). In their conversation, he mentioned that he used to run a restaurant in Palo Alto, CA that had been very successful. He listed famous people that ate there... including Steve Jobs!
Simpson managed to contain herself and tell her dad that Steve Jobs was his son at the time. However, she did tell Jobs, who brushed it aside, and never made an effort to go and meet him again.
Steve Jobs was adopted. His biological father was from Syria.
This means that the late Apple CEO was half-Arab. His father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, moved to the United States in the 1950s to go to college. There, he met and started dating Joanne Carole Sciebele, Jobs’ mother. Schiebele’s father didn’t approve of Jandali, so the couple put their baby boy, Steve Jobs, up for adoption. The young couple agreed to give their son the Jobs family under the condition that they promise to give him a university education.
Steve Jobs isn’t the only successful child that Jandali and Schiebele had together. Their daughter, Jobs’ sister, Mona Simpson, is a famous author.
This should be interesting for those of you that like to think about usability in technology. The Apple logo on old Apple laptops used to be upside down when you opened the lid. Why would Steve Jobs, the perennial perfectionist permit that?
The answer is that it was for the laptop owner's sake. Look at your current Apple laptops, which have the logo on the right side when open. If you close the computer, you'll notice that the logo is facing away from you.
In their studies, when a laptop had the logo facing away from the user (so it wasn't backwards when open) people would attempt to open the laptop from the wrong side.
This brought up an interesting decision between usability (aka making it intuitive which side the laptop was supposed to be opened from) and design (making the laptop look pretty to others when it was open). In the beginning Steve Jobs decided usability came before design.
Eventually the Apple design group (and Jobs) decided that while on one hand it's a usability problem to have the logo facing away from the users, most people will probably only attempt to open the laptop on the wrong way once or twice, and then learn how to open it.
On the other hand, the problem of having the logo facing the wrong way when the laptop was open lasted for a much longer time, and the decision (and the logo) were reversed. It's reported that this was a problem for tv- and filmmakers who would even sometimes put Apple stickers on products so that the logo was displayed the right way.
Apple takes serious pride in its work, and in its privacy. A book written by Adam Lashinsky examined the intensity of Apple’s work environment. Apple sometimes makes fake projects for their employees to work on. If the project leaks, then they know who did it and they are fired immediately.
Once they are proven trustworthy, they’re brought in to work on real projects. The interviewing process alone can take nine months, and then each engineer is still given fake projects to work on for an indefinite period of time. These aren’t just new engineers, though. It has been said that senior engineers are also given fake projects. Simply put, Apple doesn’t trust people.
You could have a baby before even getting a job at Apple. Lashinsky says that if you want to work for Apple, it’s best to check your own ego at the door, because you’ll have to embrace Apple’s egomania times 1,000,000.
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple and creator of the personal computer, priced his creation with an even but culturally odd number.
The Apple I was hand built by Wozniak himself with no outside assistance and in 1975 the Company sold 200 units for $666.66 a piece. This price raised some eyebrows and shocked many consumers because of its relation to the devil.
No need to worry though, Wozniak is anything but the devil. When asked about the price he said he had no idea about the correlation and mentioned that he just “likes repeating numbers." In 1977 Apple lowered the price of the Apple I to $475. Today an original Apple I is estimated to sell for around $15,000, although one sold for $50,000 at auction in 1999.