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10 Lesser Known Facts About Steve Jobs

New Delhi: Steven Paul Jobs, popularly known as Steve Jobs, is widely recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, alongside his first business partner and co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak. However, there are many little-known things about Jobs that continue to surprise me.Also Read – Apple and Samsung face new fines for not shipping power adapters with smartphones: Report

Jobs, born February 24, 1955, was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple; the president and majority shareholder of Pixar; member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company following its acquisition of Pixar; and the founder, president and CEO of NeXT. (Twitter)

Jobs became Apple’s CEO in 1997 and was largely responsible for reviving Apple from the brink of bankruptcy. Also Read – Apple Likely To Unveil 3 Smartwatches Along With iPhone 14 In September

Jobs became Apple’s CEO in 1997 and was largely responsible for reviving Apple from the brink of bankruptcy. (Twitter)

Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2003. He died of tumor-related respiratory arrest at age 56 on October 5, 2011. Also Read – Apple Postpones Back-to-Office Plans After Rise in Covid-19 Cases

Even though his life may seem like an open book to the world, especially with his accomplishments and super success, a few facets and facts about the man have been kept secret with only a very limited number of people having access to them.

So here we share 10 unknown facts about Steve Jobs, whose name has become synonymous with the tech giant Apple and the groundbreaking products he created for the masses.

In total, one-third of the 458 patented inventions and designs attributed to Jobs have been approved since his death. (Twitter)

  1. Steve Jobs was adopted. Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco, California on February 24, 1955, to Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, a political migrant from the Syrian city of Homs. He was adopted by Clara and Paul Reinhold Jobs.
  2. Steve Jobs never wrote a single line of programming code. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak revealed the fact that Steve Jobs never wrote any programming code. “Steve has never coded. He wasn’t an engineer and he didn’t do any original designs, but he was technical enough to tweak and modify and add to other designs,” Wozniak said.
  3. Steve Jobs was dyslexic. In fact, some of the most successful tech leaders have suffered from a reading disorder called dyslexia, a form of learning disability that impairs the ability to read or write. “It’s hugely inspiring for young people struggling with dyslexia to see people like Steven Spielberg, who not only succeed, but do well,” says Dr. Stefani Hines, a specialist in the disorder at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Michigan. “It has nothing to do with intelligence, however. Many dyslexics, like Apple founder Steve Jobs, are highly intelligent, even gifted,” adds Dr. Stefani Hines.
  4. Every Apple iPhone ad displays the time at 9:41 a.m., the time Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007. “The 9:41 a.m. time displayed on iPhone and iPad ads is the time the original iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs in 2007,” said former iOS chief Scott Forstall.
  5. Steve Jobs has obtained 141 new patents since his death in August 2011 which is more than most inventors earn in their lifetime. Design patents won by Steve Jobs in the 1980s show concepts for the Apple III and MacIntosh. In total, one-third of the 458 patented inventions and designs attributed to Jobs have been approved since his death.
  6. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave in Palo Alto’s Alta Mesa Cemetery. At the request of his family, his grave is unmarked and the cemetery has not disclosed his location. But that didn’t stop people from trying to find him.
  7. Steve Jobs didn’t let his children use iPads and kept their use of technology to a minimum. When asked, “Do your kids have to like the iPad?” He said, “Actually, we don’t allow iPads at home. We think it’s too dangerous for them indeed. The reason he said that was because he recognized how addictive the iPad was.
  8. A rare Apple-1 computer built in Steve Jobs’ garage in the summer of 1976 was sold at auction in 2014 for 9,05,000 USD. It was purchased by the Henry Ford Museum.
  9. During his tenure as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs was paid just $1 each year from 1997 to 2011. Steve Jobs received a salary of $1 each year from 1997 to 2011. However, during this period, his shares went from $17.5 million to $2.2 billion. When Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997 after a 12-year absence, the company was in serious trouble. Taking a $1 paycheck was a way to show how much he cared about the company he had co-founded two decades earlier in his parents’ garage. Jobs owned a lot of Apple stock and knew that if he could make the company a success again, he would be rewarded by seeing their value rise dramatically.
  10. Steve Jobs spent seven months traveling in India, experimenting with psychedelic drugs and eventually adopting the practices of Zen Buddhism. Jobs came to India with his friend Dan Kottke sometime between 1974 and 1976. According to Steve Jobs’ unofficial iCon autobiography, Kottke states, “He was totally determined to go to India. He felt some sort of unresolved pain at being adopted. It was during this same period that he hired a private detective to try to find his mother. He was obsessed with it for a while. In New Delhi, Steve chose to don a lungi and go barefoot.

Steve Jobs has somehow become part of folklore, given that not only did he leave behind a robust and powerful legacy, but his life was also equally illustrious, mystical, and full of adventure.