September 1, 2013 |
Decades after Apple's founding, we've grown used to referring to lovers of the company's products as a "cult. " The devotion of customers to Apple products has long been the envy of competitors for its fanatical fervor. It turns out that the religious intensity with which people follow the company is not entirely by accident. In a new book, "Appletopia," author Brett Robinson examines the way that Steve Jobs drew on religious metaphors and iconography to elevate his products specifically, and technology more generally, into a kind of religion. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far "The creative rhetoric around Apple's technology has favored religious metaphors," Robinson said in an interview.
October 5, 2013 |
An essential element of the Tim-Cook-Is-Not-Steve-Jobs meme is that its proponents have no idea about (1) who Steve Jobs was, and (2) how Apple performed under his leadership. An excellent example of the form is buried within Fred Vogelstein's article about Apple's iPhone appearing in this weekend's New York Times Magazine. Vogelstein commits a drive-by assault on Cook with this passage: "When Jobs died in October 2011, the prevailing question wasn't whether Tim Cook could succeed him, but whether anyone could.
March 27, 2013 |
Using Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography as a frame, award-winning author Mari Yamazaki has created a manga version of the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs. It's being serialized in the Japanese comic magazine Kiss, alongside tales of teen love. So it's not surprising, then, that Jobs is portrayed as " a cute, doe-eyed kid who worries about whether his adoptive parents love him," writes Sam Byford at the Verge. In the first installment, he also grows into a rebellious teenager; the Verge has a shot of the frame in which Jobs reclines on the grass, smoking a joint.
March 26, 2010 |
It took just one word for Apple Inc. to make headlines. "Yep," wrote Apple chief Steve Jobs in an e-mail. The message was addressed to Andrea Nepori, an Italian blogger who wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org this week. He asked the reclusive Apple founder whether he'd be able to sync his free e-books to the iPad, due to hit U.S. stores next week. Jobs' affirmation wasn't the real news. That particular detail was listed on Apple's website before Nepori's inquiry. The response itself is what prompted bloggers to fly off the handle.
October 6, 2011 |
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death sparked an outpouring of sentiment and statements from fellow chief executives and other major figures in Silicon Valley, government and the entertainment industry. IN TECHNOLOGY: Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder , reached at dinner with his son, said he was so overwhelmed by calls that he could not get in touch with his emotions: "People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself. " Tim Cook, Apple chief executive and Jobs' successor , in an email to employees: "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.… We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
October 5, 2012 |
Apple is dedicating its website to its late co-founder Steve Jobs, who died a year ago today. The homepage for Apple.com features a video montage filled with black-and-white photos of Jobs set to Yo-Yo Ma's rendition of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 . The video is heartwarming and inspiring, and calls to mind Apple's famous " Think Different " commercial that ran at the start of Jobs' second stint with the Cupertino-based company....