Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, and tributes have been flooding in from the IT world.
President Obama described Jobs as a visionary and one of the greatest American innovators of all time. Although lacking in technical expertise, Jobs certainly had heavy input into the design and interface of products, and was unsurpassed when it came to presenting those designs on the world stage.
The Apple chief also transformed the telecoms and music industries, so we have rounded up the top 10 Apple products and services, which will keep the memory of Steve Jobs alive for years to come.
The Apple II [pclaunches.com]
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was the brains behind the design, while Jobs was responsible for getting the device to market. It was based on a 1MHz 6502 processor with 4Kb of RAM, and featured a cassette interface to load programs and store data.
The Apple II was programmable via a built-in version of the Basic language, and capable of displaying graphics and colour, which the firm tried to play up with its multicoloured logo.
Apple refreshed the Apple II throughout the 1980s, despite the introduction of the technically superior Macintosh in 1984.
Unlike more recent products from the company, most Apple II models could be upgraded with plug-in adapter cards, similar to PCs. This contributed to the longevity of the computer, and contrasts with the sealed Apple products of today.
Some refer to the Apple II as the original personal computer, and it no doubt put Apple on the map and gave an early glimpse into how Jobs would change the computing world.