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Steve Jobs: From iPhone to Pixar, Apple boss' greatest achievements

Despite no formal training in engineering, the late Steve Jobs was responsible for a number of brilliant inventions while at Apple and Pixar. Here Metro takes a look at some of his finest innovations.

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Steve Jobs holds up the iPhone at Macworld on January 9, 2007 in San Francisco (Picture: Getty) Steve Jobs holds up the iPhone at Macworld on January 9, 2007 in San Francisco
Apple II (1977): One of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers, which launched Apple as a successful business. It soon became one of the most recognisable computers during the 80s and 90s, and by the end of production in 1993, more than five million Apple II series computers had been produced.

Lisa (1983): This innovative personal computer, named after Jobs' first daughter, was controlled by on-screen icons activated at the click of a mouse. It was the foundation for today's graphical computer interfaces.

Pixar (1986): After leaving Apple, Jobs bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd, which he later renamed Pixar, and invested $5million into innovation at the company. Initially, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company who sold products to government agencies and the medical community. After signing a deal with Disney it began making CGI-animated feature films and has since earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards.

iMac (1998): The iMac's radical all-in-one design, which saw both the monitor and the computer enclosed in a bubble of plastic, relaunched Apple after its market share had dwindled during the 90s. Jobs, who returned to Apple in 1997, was given a Chrysler Design Institute award for the iMac, which Vogue called 'one of Spring's hottest fashion statements'.
Steve Jobs The Apple co-founder holds the iMac after its launch in 1998
iPod (2001): The iPod portable digital music player was a massive success for Apple and paved the way for Apple's lucrative foray into the world of music. The sleek design, which was commissioned by Jobs, and simple user interface meant the player soon rose above competition to the top of the market. Since October 2004, the iPod line has had over 90 per cent of the market share for digital music player sales in the US.

iTunes Music Store (2003): Apple's straightforward solution to buying songs online revolutionised the digital music market. It encouraged people away from online piracy, selling 1million songs in the first week following its launch.

iPhone (2007): The iPhone was one of the first smartphones without a keyboard and its influence can now be seen across the whole market. Time magazine named it the Invention of the Year in 2007. Apple is now the world's most profitable maker of phones, pulling in more than 50 per cent of the total profit that global cellphone sales generate.

iPad (2010): The iPad ignited the touchscreen tablet market, becoming an instant success in a field that had struggled to catch the public's interest. After its launch, the iPad sold 15million units in nine months. It is expected the iPad will take 83 per cent of the tablet computing market share in the United States this year.
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