The Best of Steve Jobs's On-Camera Performances as CEO
Remember the time Apple made that really sweet "1984" commercial?
Steve Jobs resigned abruptly as CEO of Apple on Wednesday sending the shock through the tech community. Lots of people wondered how Apple would survive without him. (He's sticking around as chairman and will reportedly stay "closely involved in the company's product strategy.") Others speculated over whether or not Tim Cook could handle his new role as CEO. (He's actually been acting CEO since January when Jobs took an indefinite medical leave of absence.) We just wanted to kick back and watch as many vintage YouTube videos as we could find of the master at work. The young Jobs wasn't yet Apple's CEO in the first video but it provides a good jumping-off point in charting the rise of his legendary stage presence.
Steve Jobs's first T.V. appearance (1978)
"I'm ready to throw up at any moment," said the nervous 23-year-old computer whiz. "I'm not joking."
Steve Jobs Introduces the "1984" Super Bowl Commercial (1983)
"It is now 1984, it appears IBM wants it all," said Jobs just before showing Ridley Scott's now-legendary commercial. "Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money."
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and the "Macintosh Software Dating Game" (1983)
"I've invited here today three industry experts to have a panel discussion… on software." Cue very cheesy game show music.
Steve Jobs Introduces the Very First Macintosh Computer (1984)
"All of the images you're about to see on the large screen will be generated by what's in that bag," said Jobs just before pulling out the very first Macintosh computer to the Chariots of Fire title track.
Steve Jobs Quotes Bob Dylan While Wearing a Bow Tie (1984)
"I'd like to open the meeting with a quote by Dylan--that's Bob Dylan."
Steve Jobs Returns to Apple, Gives Pep Talk (1997)
"If we go down the shitter, the whole ecosystem goes will the shitter…"
Steve Jobs Introduces the First iMac (1998)
"Well today, I'm incredibly pleased to introduce iMac, our consumer product," said Jobs. "iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the internet with the simplicity of Macintosh."
Steve Jobs Introduces the First iBook (1999)
"An iMac To-Go"
Steve Jobs Gives a Tour of the First Apple Store (2001)
"We've even labelled the sections!"
Steve Jobs Gives Stanford Commencement Address (2005)
"This is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation."
Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone (2007)
"This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years."
Steve Jobs's Latest--and Last--Keynote as CEO (2011)
"Sorry for all those people who couldn't make it…"