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Dien Rice
June 25, 2007, 04:18 AM
At first I was ho hum about the new iPhone but as I alluded in some earlier posts the more I learn about it the more it casued me to change my itune.

It is quite amazing that Steve Jobs has come up with another extraordinary product.

Basically if you are thinking of buying a portable music player don't it's a waste of money.

But..... that's just me... I was curious what other business geeks think about the new iPhone.
Hi Garth,

I don't know much about the iPhone so I can't say much about that... However, Steve Jobs is surely a remarkable entrepreneur/innovator!

He's not just had one or two successful innovations... But quite a few!

The Apple II computer (in 1977) was a great innovation, and revolutionized computing. (The first computer I ever used was an Apple II, my school had one when I was in 8th grade, in 1982. We had to book it - since there was only one - so we could use it during lunch time!)

The Macintosh computer (1984) revolutionized computers again. (Microsoft Windows is actually a kind of "copy" of the Macintosh operating system - Microsoft just switched a few things around and renamed a few things to make it slightly different.) But it doesn't end there...

Steve Jobs was booted out of Apple. So he founded NeXT (1985). Although NeXT itself wasn't a huge success, parts of its operating system are now used in the Macintosh OS X operating system. (The computer I'm using right now is a MacBook laptop which runs Macintosh OS X, as well as Windows XP.)

Soon after leaving Apple, Steve Jobs also bought Pixar (in 1986) - and he had a hand in revolutionizing animation. Remember the "revolution" that was "Toy Story" (1995) - with the "3D"-style computer animation? "Toy Story" was the first full-length computer-animated movie (something which is common-place now, with "Finding Nemo" and all the "Shrek" films and so on). It's amazing to think that Steve Jobs had a hand in that "revolution" too...

Of course, we all know about the iPod/iTunes "revolution" in online music (launched in 2001). While the iPod had an amazing design, I think it wouldn't have been the huge success it is without iTunes as well. As well as getting the "hardware", he made it easy to get the "software" (i.e. the music) too. I think it was Steve Jobs' foresight to realize that you needed both - just one without the other wasn't enough.

So... While I still have a lot to learn about the iPhone... If Steve Jobs is behind it, it's probably something to keep an eye on!



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