In the past 18 hours many have produced and shared beautiful, personal and heartfelt tributes to the legacy of Steve Jobs (1955-2011). And while there is nothing new that I can add to the online accolades and condolences, I am compelled to share my appreciation for the innovative genius whose vision has changed the way the world communicates.
Though I was first introduced to the Macintosh in an elementary school classroom, I didn’t become an owner of an Apple product until 2005 when I got my first iPod–a fifth generation video iPod.
Then after always
using wrestling with Windows PCs and laptops, I got my first MacBook Pro (thanks to my work as the faculty adviser to Lee Student Media) in 2007. My Windows laptop went into a drawer of the file cabinet and I was converted by the intuitive user interface of Apple’s OS X (Tiger) and the impressive simplicity of Macintosh. It simply worked without all of the crashes and bumps that frustrated me with my previous computers.
Then in 2008, the Trowbridges took the first steps toward becoming a total Mac family–replacing our antiquated desktop PC with a new iMac.
Today as I inventory all our computing, communication and media devices, I’m astonished by the overwhelming number which bear the iconic Apple logo.
- Apple 5G iPod (my original) (I sold my original iPod Touch.)
- Apple iPod Nano (Robyn’s original)
- Apple TV
- Apple Airport Extreme
- 20″ iMac (running Lion and featuring iLife and iWork), Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Track Pad
- 15″ MacBook Pro (running Lion and featuring iLife and iWork), Apple Mighty Mouse
- 2 – iPhone 4 (for both Robyn and me)
- iPhone (My original, but I sold my iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs.)
- iPad 2
- iPad (Robyn got the hand-me-down original.)
- Plus, I have a 27″ iMac (running Lion and featuring iLife and iWork), Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Track Pad at the office.
Hanging on my office door is a copy of the “Living the iLife” cartoon by Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner. It reads:
iMac iPod iPhone iPad iBroke
I can’t think of a single day in the past five years when I haven’t used a product created by Apple. And Steve Jobs was the driving force behind each one. All eyes are on Apple as a business and its future without the man who founded it and then returned to revive it in 1997. We can be confident that the company will continue to thrive as long as its foundation rests upon the innovative spirit modeled by Steve Jobs.