Happy Birthday, Steve Jobs! The Whole World Misses You.

Happy Birthday, Steve Jobs! The Whole World Misses You.

Fifty-seven years ago today, Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California.

If he hadn’t been, none of us would be here. There’d be no Cult of Mac. It wasn’t just Steve Jobs who was born that day, but the iPod. The iPhone. The iPad. The Mac. Apple itself.

Without Steve Jobs, over 45,000 Apple employees would not have a job right now. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Apple-related IT and product development wouldn’t exist, nor would the app economy that has created over half a million jobs since 2007.

Of course, we’d still have computers, but they’d probably still look like this. And yes, we’d have smartphones, but they would look like this. And we’d even probably still have tablets, but they’d be like this.

Without Steve Jobs making digital music profitable through iTunes, the music industry might well have collapsed in the face of piracy by now. Without Steve and Final Cut Pro, many of the films we enjoy would look very different.

Without Steve, the world would be a very different and substantially poorer place. Steve may be dead, but he gave us one last gift before he died: the gift of his legacy. It’s a gift that will make our world richer and more full of beauty for many decades left to come.

Happy birthday, Steve,

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  • marcwitteveen

    Happy Birthday Steve!!

  • Chaitanya Pandit

    Ironically, there would have been no Microsoft as well

  • WardC

    That is a really good photo of Steve, by the way. I like that photo!

  • Brandon Rodriguez

    Happy Birthday Steve, we miss you!

  • DrM47145

    Good tribute to a brilliant man.

  • Peter Varga

    Happy Birthday Steve :)

  • dinkleman

    Hey it’s my birthday too!!!!

    Happy B-day Steve

  • Bob_Zimmerman

    Happy Birthday Steve.  I wish you were here to see.

  • aramishero

    Happy Birthday Mr. Jobs. I miss you so much…

  • GrimWit

    Wish you were here :(  Happy Birthday, Steve.

  • Kevin Gill

    Happy Birthday Steve.  Missing you a lot and wishing you were still amongst us.  Will always miss the famous words…. “but there’s one more thing” and much more.  R.I.P buddy…. R.I.P

  • koopapoopas

    Or Android.

  • Michael Von Verrenkamp

    Happy Bday Mr Jobs, shame you couldn’t keep innovating for longer. Have a cake regardless.

  • Andrew Bryden-Smith

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE. A thank you doesn’t even come close.

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