He left a personal fortune of approximately $6 billion and, interestingly, the bulk of his net worth was not in Apple, but rather his holdings of Disney and Pixar.
And, he appeared to be a relatively practical individual:
Jobs did not part with money easily, as he showed in June when he rejected a Cupertino City Council request for something extra for approving Apple’s new headquarters.
City council member Kris Wang jokingly asked the mogul at the time, “Do we get free Wi-Fi or something like that?”
Jobs replied, “Well, see, I’m a simpleton. I’ve always had this view that we pay taxes and the city should do those things.”
I’m still sifting through all of the remembrances and recollections about Steve Jobs since his passing last week, and here’s a bit of one that stuck out:
One of Jobs’s many gifts was that he knew what to give a shit about. He knew how to focus and prioritize his time and attention.
That would strike me as being true about most successful entrepreneurs and innovators.
This past weekend, I made a trip to the Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts to take advantage of the long weekend, so I kind of unplugged myself from everything and tried to relax.
Yesterday, the Steve Jobs news really hit me upon waking into a Barnes & Noble, with all of this week’s news magazines were on the racks, with several of them featuring Jobs’ likeness on their covers.
Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs had a vision and passion for his life and changed the world more than he could’ve imagined.
There are many, many people commenting on the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, and not all of it is glowing.
Say what you want about the man, but he resurrected the company from being a laughing-stock in the industry, to one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. Here is one of the more honest assessments of Jobs as I’ve seen so far:
Steve Jobs could be arrogant and unpleasant, a brutal man a sane person would not want to work for. But the products he created will be his monuments. And so will the memory of how he created those products.
Unlike those folks in Washington who dare not offend their favored constituencies—Republicans unwilling to raise taxes, Tea Party members who praise James Madison’s belief in small government but not his belief in checks and balances and compromise, Congressional Democrats unwilling to offend senior citizens or labor, a President unwilling to stick his neck out to endorse the work of the bipartisan budget-balancing commission he appointed—Steve Jobs has been a true leader.
Like Edison, he’s been an inventor and a man who has changed our lives.
Sounds like a real leader in a world where we have too few.
Steve Jobs bottles up some lightning. Again.
Amazing stat: 70% of iPad 2 buyers in its first weekend are new to the iPad.
Not a surprise, but still eye-opening:
[...] 84.4% of iPad owners primarily use their iPad to follow breaking news and current events. As a result, newspaper subscriptions, once the staple of the newspaper industry, are being cannibalized by the iPad. Slightly more than 30% of iPad owners do not subscribe to a newspaper, preferring to consume news on their tablet device. Of the 931 respondents that have a newspaper subscription and read an hour’s worth of news each day on their iPad, more than half (58.1%) intend to cancel their newspaper subscriptions within six months. A growing 10.7% have already canceled their subscription and have switched to iPad-only reading.
They finally did it:
That screenshot is one for the ages.
Take it for what it’s worth, but the WSJ is reporting that Apple has struck a deal with EMI and the surviving Beatles to release their catalog on iTunes:
Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.
The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd,, according to these people. These people cautioned that Apple could change plans at the last minute.
Spokesmen for Apple, EMI and Paul McCartney declined to comment.
Apple on Monday posted a notice on the home page of its iTunes Store that it would make “an exciting announcement” Tuesday morning.
First off, I’m a Beatles fan but I’m no sycophant. The first thing I did when I got my iPod was download my entire Beatles catalog, and I’m sure most Beatles fans did the same. If the catalog was available at midnight tonight, I don’t think I’d be paying to download songs I already have, even if they were Beatles songs. Maybe I’d stare at the iTunes screen for a bit, but that’s about it. Bottom line is, anyone who really wants Beatles music on their iPod so badly, would have bought the CDs and ripped them. End of story.
On its website, Apple is saying that an announcement for something is coming tomorrow and that “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget”. Here is a screenshot:
The tie in of course, is that McCartney released a tune called “Another Day” early in his solo career. But some people are reading way too much into that message, among other subliminal clues, although it would be cool if it came to fruition. As for me, nobody really knows what’s going down with Apple tomorrow. To wit, here is a Beatles tune that is a bit more relevant:
Just for the record, I would seriously consider a yellow Beatles iPod preloaded with the catalog.
Just added The Unofficial Apple Weblog to the blogroll, as I can’t stop reading the damn thing.
So, the iPhone 4 has a bit of a signal problem. These things happen.
Consumer Reports commits the ultimate sin of declining to recommend purchasing the new smart phone, causing a bit of a ruckus in the blogosphere. Again, to be expected.
This prompts Apple to schedule a press conference for Friday, a day usually reserved for bad news. Fair enough.
Then I see this story about an Apple engineer who warned Steve Jobs that the new antenna design for the iPhone 4 could lead to dropped calls. Things get a bit more interesting, considering that I have an iPhone 3Gs, and have contemplated getting the upgrade.
To be fair, I know a few people who have the iPhone 4 and I have asked them repeatedly if they’ve been having issues, and each one has said there have been no problems.
Reading through the Bloomberg piece on the Apple engineer, I read this:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, issued a public letter to Jobs saying Apple’s efforts to address the matter so far are “insufficient” and asking the company “to address this flaw in a transparent manner.”
Good grief. Is there nothing else more pressing that needs to occupy the time of New York’s senior senator? Financial regulation? The double-dip recession? New York state’s budget crisis?
Really, the iPhone 4 is what’s bothering Chucky? I wonder what his angle is? What an idiot.