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Why was Steve Jobs important?

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Jobs was important for many reasons. For instance, as one of the founders of Apple, Jobs created what has become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Through the Macintosh computer, Jobs created a product that made computing significantly easier and paved the way for the development of Windows and other graphical user interfaces. As the head of NeXT, Jobs created a UNIX-based operating system that became the basis for all modern Mac and iOS devices, like the iPhone. Of course, the iPhone, and other devices that share its touch screen interface, has made computing virtually ubiquitous. We have yet to fully understand the implications of the “always connected” culture the iPhone helped make possible.

Underneath all Jobs's achievements, however, were a few basic ideas that shaped how computing developed. First, Jobs saw that computing had to be intuitive. While he did not invent the graphical user interface, Jobs understood how the metaphor of “files” and “folders”...

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