During Steve Jobs’ run as head of Apple, the creations of his company impacted a huge number of industries.
Perhaps the most affected, however, was the media world.
From the rise of the personal computer through the iPad, Apple’s white devices popped up everywhere and changed the face of the media landscape.
More often than not, they led the way and others were forced to follow.
In 1984, Jobs rolled out Apple's first computer. It was a different take on the personal machine than IBM's, one that signaled the divergent paths the two companies would follow.
In 1986, Jobs purchased Pixar from George Lucas. Nine years later, Toy Story grossed over $191 million and started a string of hits for the company.
Animation sensation? Yes please.
The portable music device wasn't the first, but it was the one that took hold of the popular consciousness and didn't let go.
Everywhere you looked, people were walking down the street with white ear buds. The real revolution of the iPod was that it changed how we thought music should be delivered.
You could even listen to music from the bathroom.
All your downloaded music, movies, and more in one place? Yeah, that's a good idea.
Admit it, how amazing did it feel to have seven days worth of music at your fingertips? What's that? You had more? (Yeah, so did we.)
The Jesus Phone vaulted Apple's infiltration of the media to another level. It's not the best smartphone for businessmen and women -- hey, Blackberry -- but creatives, kids, and everyone else can't get enough.
It syncs up quickly and easily with iTunes. One-click purchasing and downloading of virtually anything in the entire world. Other companies followed suit, and those that didn't suffered mightily.
Lately, even magazine and newspaper publishers have been getting into the game, eager to earn some money from their digital efforts.
Yeah, there's an app for victory.
Tablet devices are the future of content. That much is clear. How, exactly, is still being determined, but the iPad is one of the best. It's an astonishing device, and its versatility is only beginning to be discovered.
From magazines and newspapers to movies, music, and more, the iPad has the potential to reinvigorate old media and spur developments in new.
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