Even after his death, his legacy keeps polarizing people all over the world. Steve Jobs was the man, who was known as the visionary who wanted to change the world. But what’s most interesting is that Jobs himself never wrote a line of code, didn’t design the devices himself and he also didn’t invent a thing. Is Jobs reputation after all just a big fat lie?
Jobs and Wozniak
Already at the beginning, as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, Jobs didn’t contribute much to the production of the first Apple computer. The genius behind all that was Wozniak. He took care of the programming and hardware composition all by himself. Jobs had an epiphany when he saw a device in Wozniak’s room, that was made by Wozniak himself. It was the key moment, in which Jobs thought for the first time about the creation of a PC. Even though we should be giving all the credits to Wozniak, nowadays people even forget to mention him and cover his name with the name of Jobs.
What Steve Jobs really did
Even after his comeback at Apple most of the things like the iPod, iPhone or the iMac were not designed by him. The credits for these devices should be going to Jony Ive and Scott Forstall among others. So what did Jobs really do? Michael Fassbender plays as Steve Jobs in the new Steve Jobs movie. There is a part in the movie where he says
Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.
Despite criticism that he was no more than a good seller and marketer, he was more than that. He was Apple’s soul and fuel. Apple was his car and he was the driver. Even though there were people who did things like developing and programming better than him, they were dependent on him. Steve was a very intuitive person, who saw possibilities that others didn’t see. He had a creative mind, which was endowed with an immense power of deduction. To put it short, Steve knew what was the right thing to do and his people knew how to do the right things right. He wasn’t a genius in terms of the application of knowledge but he was a genius in getting the right people to do the right things right. Whether he deserves the overwhelming reputation he has, it’s a matter of opinion. The fact is that he really managed to change the world with Apple.