In the home state of Thomas Alva Edison, an instructor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, on Thursday reflected on the career of Steve Jobs, a man many call this generation’s most visionary inventor.
Tim Kellers, who teaches, among other courses, an iPad and iPhone application development course, has been working with Apple Inc. products since 1978, just two years after Jobs and Steve Wozniak released the Apple I from a garage.
Keller said his former company sponsored Apple conferences, like KansasFest Apple II in 1996, and “I maintain a close professional relationship with some of the open-source developers that Apple has hired.”
“That was the computer that changed the landscape for personal computing,” Kellers said of Apple II, which established the company commercially.
“The real genius of what Jobs offered to the original Apple II and then to the other devices along the way … was simplicity of use,” Kellers said. “He made the most complicated things — and from seeing the back end of programming, I’ve seen how complicated some things are — he made them simple.”
“It was that simplicity … that was his real first innovation,” Kellers added.
Apple announced Jobs’ death Wednesday.
Kellers said that Jobs firing from Apple in 1985 started an era when Apple lost market share even in its core market of designers. His return in 1997 ushered in the development of the iMac and iPod, beginning a “wildly successful” era that produced the iPhone and iPad.
“They sold 10 million units in the first year of the iPhone, and it was like, in June of 2007, somebody dropped a piece of hardware from five years in the future back into 2007,” Kellers said.
“Jobs’ genius, also, was being able to convince everybody that they needed the product that, when he developed it, there was no market for,” Kellers said. “The iPad has been so successful … they created a device that no one has been able to compete with.”