Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs passes away


Steve Jobs, creator of the iPad and created on the iPad.
A portrait of Steve created by artist Jeremy Martin on his iPad.
Portrait: Jeremy Martin

Oct5October 5, 2011: Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56, in his home in Palo Alto, California.

Jobs’ official cause of death is respiratory arrest arising from complications related to a rare type of pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed eight years earlier. He officially stepped down from his role as Apple’s CEO in August, 2011.

Today in Apple history: Logic Pro 7 shows Apple’s still serious about creatives


Logic Pro 7 was a great music creation tool for Apple fans.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Sept29September 29, 2004: Apple debuts its pro-grade music development software Logic Pro 7, boasting a whole host of new creation tools and a new, streamlined interface which brings it more in line with other Apple software.

Coming off the success of the iPod and iTunes Music Store, Logic Pro 7 — and its stripped down sibling Logic Express 7 — is a reminder that Apple’s the best place for music consumers and professionals alike.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs reports Apple’s $161 million loss


Apple is heading toward a $1 trillion market cap. Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC
This was Apple's last ever quarterly losses. Well, to date.
Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC

Sept26 September 26, 1997: Not everything about Steve Jobs’ return to Apple was easy. Today marks the anniversary of the last day in a massive money-losing quarter for Apple, as the company revealed losses of $161 million in just three months.

Giving investors the bad news was one of Jobs’ first, err, jobs as interim CEO. Fortunately, things were about to change dramatically.

Buy Steve Jobs’ first Apple stock certificate for just $195,000


It's not quite the equivalent of getting Jobs' 1980 fortune, but it's not too far off.
Photo: Moments in Time

If you’re a fan of rare Apple memorabilia, how about this for a collector’s piece: the first ever AAPL stock certificate given to Steve Jobs after Apple went public in 1980.

Yours for the house-remortgaging price of $195,000, this genuine slice of tech history reportedly hung on Jobs’ office wall at Apple until he left/was booted out of the company in 1985.

Today in Apple history: Google comes out of beta


Google and Apple were friends at first. It didn't last.
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Sept21 September 21, 1999: A little startup named Google comes out of beta, announcing the launch of a website that will let the general public easily search for information.

To Apple, which is embracing the internet with its twin iMac G3 and iBook products, Google seems like the perfect ally. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t remain rosy for long.