How come nobody has mentioned this in a Steve Jobs tribute yet?

21 09 2011

The greatest thing is my opinion that Steve Jobs did is he took every industry he touched and took it from very complex to so simple we don’t even need instructions. Before Apple was reborn in 1997 I read instructions for every electronic device in my life . Remember the day where you got a computer, cellphone, digital camera , walkman, software and you had to learn how to get this piece of technology to adapt to your life. Imagine that Steve Jobs and his drive for the Simplest design also made it the easiest to use ever. Before Steve came along I had to do thing like buy batteries, find out where to insert them , find the on button to test if I put them in right etc etc etc. Steve took ALL the excess of physical and MENTAL designs in a product and eliminated them. I remember my first Ipod it had NO specific directions I had to read 1st to understand it. There where so few buttons on the devices if I couldn’t figure out the product intuitively I was and idiot. That first Ipod may have been the first device that DIDN’T label the ON button. Think about that it is huge!!!! I no longer had to figure the device out. The simplistic design created a product on all levels that in many ways adapted to me. Once I learned the interface I  literally had to stop thinking because all my I-devices worked exactly the same way. There was never this new latest and greatest model that when it was released I had to learn the new feature, figure out how to turn it on.

A great example in point is cellphones with new latest and greatest I had to completely the RELEARN the whole device. For example when cellphones went from monochrome displays to color displays in the early 2000’s ABSOLUTELY NO manufacturer I can think of made the upgrade easy. The belief was if you want color then you won’t mind the trade of not just the money and you have to completely throw away all your previous knowledge because it doesn’t apply anymore. My mono to color Ipod I utilized ALL my knowledge from the previous device. I had to learn positively nothing new and for the first time in my life this technology is making my life easier and not more complex. Since Apple revolutioned my ideas about ease of use I can’t stand having to adapt to my products because Apple keeps teaching my that I don’t need to give up my peace and serenity to get hundreds of new features no just one (ala OSX verses Windows). This is why other tech companies don’t have a clue because they HP, Dell, Sony, Samsung, RIMM, Microsoft etc and still creating products that they think I will take the time relearn and adapt to and I won’t because Steve Jobs taught me that I don’t have to. This exactly why Apple never creates a product in which they lose customers like the others and they have the most loyal following of any company in the world. So note to all technology companies that will try and market to us we no longer want more , better, faster or bigger we want SIMPLIER, ,Completely Adaptable and Seemless across all products. But I think you can’t create a product and easier that what Apple gives me so good luck in getting my attention.




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