Our industry lost one of its great pioneers with the passing of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. As a young computer geek from the 70's and 80's I have followed Steve Job's success for more than 30 years as demonstrated in posts such as The Glory Days of Home Computing. A lot has been said about Steve’s contributions, both in terms of the vast numbers of products that he has brought to market and the amazing success that has followed them. One area that has not been touched on in any of the mainstream presses, and something that I believe is much more significant has been Steve’s ability to see advances in human-computer interaction technologies and take them mainstream - something that I believe has been a key success factor in the products he has taken to market.
Steve has innovated across all three HCI generations:
Now it is true that Steve Jobs and Apple weren’t the first inventors of any of these technologies, but they were incredibly adept at timing the commercialization of these technologies and gaining broad adoption – something that I believe our industry will miss the most. So rather than pondering what the iPhone 6 would have looked like had Steve been present, I personally believe one of the greatest losses that we may never realize is around the myriad of mundane experiences that we currently take for granted – any number of which Steve could have chosen to breathe new life into. Best wishes to Steve's family, his friends and everyone at Apple.
Could not agree more. He was a true great man like other Americans Thomas Edison, Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Graham Alexander Bell and James Watt.
Good post Jason.
One could even make a case, or at least might be able to in a few years time, that just before his passing, Steve jobs was heavily involved with what my turn out to be the first widely adopted Speech UI - Siri
Time will tell I guess.