A Leader in Innovation

Adelia Davis, Staff Reporter

Most Mercy girls find themselves inseparable from their iPods and Apple products, but a lot of them have no idea of the creative genius behind their cell phones, tablets, and portable mp3 players.

Steve Jobs, a major technology innovator and the creator of iTunes, recently passed away but left behind a legacy of technology for the world to enjoy. Jobs dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon but proved that he had a natural gift of creativity and inventiveness to offer others.

Jobs became CEO of Apple Inc. in 1997. Wearing his signature black turtleneck and jeans, Jobs introduced such innovations as the iTouch and iPod, portable mp3 players, as well as the iPad tablet.  Jobs persuaded major recording companies to sell music online through Apple’s iTunes Music store. He also crafted the unique set up of the Apple store where there is a Genius Bar and nooks for children’s activities. Jobs also helped launch Pixar Animation Studios, which has become the leading computer animation studio in the world. He never stopped finding ways to communicate excitement and optimism for technology to the world.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” said Jobs released in a book of his quotes, I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words.