I came across this amazing graphic-based article on the New York Times website that helps the layperson (yours truly) comprehend the gravity of Apple Inc. recently tipping into the one-trillion (!!!) dollar club. The power of Silicon Valley continues to grow each and every day and in particular the hegemony of the frightful five (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Microsoft) has risen exponentially with the advent of the internet.
It’s hard to acknowledge the speed of growth that has accompanied the most financially valuable public company on earth. Even more so to comprehend that it was only forty years ago that the two Steves — Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated the Apple Computer Company after the release of Wozniak’s Apple I. The duo would soon cultivate international recognition with the release of Apple II — one of the first mass-produced personal computer systems.
I’ve had a fascination with Apple ever since my Pops brought home a Power Macintosh 5200 LC in the mid nineties. The plastic cube inspired equal parts fear and reverence and had my undivided attention. To say Apple Inc. has played a big part in my development would be an understatement. It’s a one-stop shop that I use to write my scripts (Final Draft), edit my content (Final Cut Pro), surf the web, consume the news and hock my film on its iTunes store.
I vividly remember Walter Isaacson’s portrait of Steve Jobs, released in 2011 a few weeks after Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of fifty-six. I recall a story regaled from Jobs' childhood; of watching his father construct custom furniture and revering his abhorrence of cutting corners. His father’s sense of perfection extended to the back panel of a cabinet that would never see the light of day.
I was fascinated at Jobs' obsessive perfectionism, his compulsion to ensuring each and every cog in the wheel was exceptional. His fastidiousness translated into each and every product and subsequently blew the competition out of the water every single time. His irascible genius was brilliantly brought to life in Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of Isaacson’s book, as conceived with a stellar script by the inimitable Aaron Sorkin.
Jobs was a visionary, a man who aimed to change the world by moving the power of technology "from the right hands, into everyone’s hands”. Forty years on, Jobs’ revolution has been televised, a fact of life that can be seen in any shopping mall around the world, starting with that device staring back at you.