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Steve Jobs: His Lasting Impact on Media Consumption

It’s hard to imagine a world without laptops, iPhones and iPads.  These gadgets have become as central to American culture as baseball and apple pie.  It seems everyone has an iPhone or some protype of one spurred on by the original.  The genius creative force behind these products was none other than Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The Apple innovator passed away Wednesday, leaving behind not only a slew of products and devastated admirers, but a legacy that changed the face of media consumption across the nation.  With their laptops and iPhones on hand, people have increasingly turned to online media outlets instead of their paper counterparts for the latest news.

This change didn’t happen overnight, though.  It was a long journey, beginning in Jobs’ garage.  Him and a colleague built their first personal computer there in 1976, pricing it at $666.66.  The Apple II was launched a year later at the West Coast Computer Faire to overwhelming praise, leading to the first true Macintosh computer in 1984.  Since then, Jobs has continued to revolutionize the technological world with new, innovative products.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement.  “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

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