If you are like me and a fan of Apple and Apple products, hearing that Steve Jobs was leaving the CEO position was sad news. The fact that Tim Cook has been running day-to-day operations for a year doesn’t diminish the impact Jobs has had on the business. And while the blow is somewhat softened knowing that Jobs will stay on the board, one can’t help but assume the worst: if Steve Jobs can’t function in the capacity that he so enjoys, then his health must be quite poor and he probably won’t be rebounding. Therefore the specific resignation isn’t nearly as sad as what it likely means for the not-so-distant future.
But even if you aren’t a fan of Apple and Apple products, you should know that Jobs has had a major impact on life as we know it. So much of what Apple does is emulated by others including Windows OS, all-in-one computers, and even product packaging. That makes the NY Times article on Jobs’s patent involvement all the more stunning – not just Apple, but Jobs himself was fundamentally involved in many of the innovations from Apple. Take a look at the article and click the arrows to see all the patent topics. They range from the iPod to the iMac and the packaging of iPods to the laminated glass treads in many of the Apple Store staircases.
Oh and congratulations to the NY Times for such a nice compilation with a very well executed web page. Quick and easy to use with lots of information.