Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs leaves and rejoins Apple


Steve Jobs before and after, with maybe a little judgement about water sales.
Two significant days in Jobs' career took place on this day.
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Sept16September 16, 1985 and 1997: Possibly the two most significant days in Steve Jobs’ career as, in 1985, he quits the company he co-founded and, in 1997, officially rejoins it as its new interim CEO.

In terms of the emotions associated with both days, it’s hard to think of two more polarizing days in Jobs’ life.

A school for homeless kids gets backing from Steve Jobs’ widow


RISE High co-founder Eric Whalen works with a student.
RISE High co-founder Eric Whalen works with a student.
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A kid moving from shelter to shelter or in and out of foster case has more immediate needs than getting to school regularly. But what if the school could come to them?

Two educators in Los Angeles have a plan to do just that and their bold idea has earned them a $10 million grant from a school redesign competition funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Today in Apple history: Coldplay gives Apple one of its first music exclusives


Coldplay performing on stage.
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Sept14September 14, 2005: Apple embraces exclusive music releases by debuting a digital EP from Coldplay on iTunes, featuring four previously-unheard tracks from the enormously popular band.

100 percent of profits from the charity EP go to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. However, Apple’s ability to broker exclusive music deals with major record labels and popular artists shows that the company’s current exclusives-driven Apple Music strategy stretches back more than a decade.

Michael Fassbender considered breaking his own arm to avoid Steve Jobs movie


Michael Fassbender received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Jobs.
Alternatively he could have just quit.
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Actor Michael Fassbender, who played Apple’s late CEO in last year’s movie biopic Steve Jobs, has said he was so worried he had been miscast that he started planning some slightly extreme ways to get out of the role.

“In rehearsals, I was trying to find a way to get out of the job,” he told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I remember telling my driver, ‘If I put my arm in the door, you should slam it. It should cause a break and it should get me out of this gig.’”

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs returns following liver transplant


Steve Jobs
September 9 marked the start of Jobs' final run at Apple.
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Sep9September 9, 2009: Steve Jobs makes his public return at an Apple keynote following his liver transplant surgery.

Appearing on stage at Apple’s fall event, Jobs receives a standing ovation lasting almost one minute and opens the keynote on an unusually personal note by discussing his health.