Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

by Simon Sherrin
Publish date
7 October 2011
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This post is by Simon Sherrin, the programmer behind MV's field guide app. He blogs at the Field Guide to the Field Guide.

Like so many, I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Steve Jobs. Due to the generosity of a number of donors, we are fortunate to have over 240 examples of hardware, software and trade literature relating to the history of the Apple Computer Company in our Information and Communication Collection.

Apple II computer and carry case Apple II computer system, circa 1978. The Apple II was the first commercially successful mass market personal computer to be designed and sold as a household or small business item (HT 13336).
Source: Museum Victoria

From a beige Apple II to a Bondi Blue iMac, from a 2001 iPod to a first generation iPhone, the company that the two Steves started in a garage in Silicon Valley has made a huge impact on computing.

Apple iPhone with headphones The 8 GB Apple iPhone from 2007, the most recent acquisition into MV's Apple collection. (HT 25320).
Source: Museum Victoria

It was the experience of playing with the iPad that led to the development of Museum Victoria's Field Guide to Victorian Fauna. There will always be debate around whether the 1977 Apple I was the first "personal computer", but with the iPhone and iPad, Jobs and his team have made computers that, to me, truly feel personal.

R.I.P Steve, you'll be missed.


Collections Online: Apple I replica

Original Apple I, Powerhouse Museum collection

Smithsonian Institution interview with Steve Jobs, 1995

ABC Lateline interview with Mike Daisey

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