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5 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World of Technology

Following the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs last night, we take a look at the man’s contribution to the world of technology.

Steve Jobs was just 56 years old when he died.

The Apple website has published the following statement:

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

The contribution Steve Jobs made to the world of technology is immense. Alongside other technology and computer pioneers such as Bill Gates, Jobs created a multi-billion dollar business by coming up with unique consumer products. His and Apple’s skill was in developing products that we didn’t even know we wanted. But when we realised we did – we couldn’t get enough of them.

Below we highlight 5 ways Steve Jobs changed the world of technology:

Home Computing Revolution

Long before the world of iPods and iPads, Apps and iPhones, Apple was well known (and well loved) for creating great home computers. The Apple I computer was the world’s first mass-marketed computer, which that by the launch of the Apple II in 1977, Apple – and Jobs – were firmly in the world’s psyche as an innovative tech manufacturer. Read more: How to update your MacBook or Mac Pro to OS X Lion

iTunes Music Downloads

Remember the days when you used to have to physically buy a CD, from a shop or online, before you could listen to music legally? iTunes revolutionised the world of music and how we consume music – it did also help sell a lot of iPods and iPod Nanos, too. Read more: Apple announce new iPod Nano

Strange to think that iTunes was only launched 8 years ago, but it already seems like a part of our everyday tech lives.

iPad Launch Creates Tablet Market

Who would have thought that a tablet computer could be so popular? Jobs and Apple didn’t invent the tablet pc, but they did open our eyes to the possibilities the device offers with the launch of the iPad. The iPad 2, tweaked the sleek design and seamless usability of the device; competitors such as Sony, Samsung and BlackBerry are still playing catch-up. Read more: iPhone 4 and iPad 2 iOS 5 UK Release Date Revealed

The iPhone: Raising the Bar for Mobile

Combining the stylish design and easy-to-use functions of the iPod and adding it to a phone, the iPhone raised the bar for other mobile phone manufacturers. Launched with what could only be described as ‘mass-media-hysteria’ in 2007, the iPhone launch also meant that any future announcements from Jobs and Apple would gain worldwide publicity other tech companies could only dream about.

iPhone Applications

Remember when your mobile phone was just that – a phone that you could carry with you. Before Smartphones were invented most of us were happy with a mobile phone that let you make calls, send a simple SMS message and if you were really lucky had Tetris or Snake to play on it, too. Jobs and Apple helped transform how we view our phones with the launch of the iPhone. With the iPhone came the brave new world of apps. Today, there are millions of apps available, some of them practical, some of them amusing, many just plain stupid. We have Jobs to thank for helping to push apps into our lives. Read more: 10 Things we learned from Apple’s iPhone 4 Revelations

Steve Jobs will be greatly missed by Apple and all technology lovers. Have we missed out other ways that Steve Jobs transformed the world of technology? Share your views with us below.