Today Marks Steve Jobs' 67th Birthday as MacRumors Turns 22

Born on February 24, 1955, if Steve Jobs were alive today, he would celebrate his 67th birthday. Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, tragically died in 2011 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was just 56.

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Apple under Jobs unarguably changed the world, from the launch of the very first Apple computer in 1976 to the launch of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs founded and ran the company alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976 but left the company in 1985 to create NeXT. Apple acquired NeXT in 1997, at which point Jobs rejoined the company and would remain CEO until he died in 2011.

After rejoining the company, Jobs oversaw the launch of multiple product launches that propelled Apple to become one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Driven initially by the Mac and iPod, Apple became a truly global hit following the launch of the ‌iPhone‌ in 2007. Jobs led Apple with a culture of innovation, which the company continues to operate under today.

After he died in 2011, Tim Cook, who previously served as Apple's head of operations, became CEO. Cook has said that Jobs' thinking, unwavering perfectionism, dedication to hard work, and lust for innovation are the "foundation of Apple."
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Today also happens to be MacRumors' 22nd birthday. The site was founded on February 24, 2000, by Arnold Kim, just three years after Jobs returned to Apple. In its 22 years, MacRumors has grown right alongside Apple from what started as a side project to becoming the number one Apple news site on the internet.

Today and always, we're grateful to all of our dedicated readers, passionate community members, and volunteers, and we look forward to bringing you Apple news and rumors for the next 22 years. 🥂

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Top Rated Comments

HeavenDynamic Avatar
32 months ago
Happy Birthday to you two but to be honest, I'm having a hard time celebrating anything today.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swingerofbirch Avatar
32 months ago
Apple is so careful now.

It couldn't really start as a company now the way it is. It's this big blob of inertia with honestly pretty middling operating systems.

It's big enough they can come out with a product that's not great and wait for it to get better.

Think if the first Mac hadn't been great or if the first iPod hadn't been great. Apple couldn't wait then.

Or if NeXT hadn't done something ahead of everyone else that Apple desperately needed.

Steve Jobs was like a driver of a car veering hard left and right, sometimes with great successes and sometimes crashing.

And in life he was able to recover from his crashes.

But then when it came to his health, he made an irreversible decision to not pursue traditional medicine. And he died. His death is part of how his life was. But this time he couldn't start over as he had after leaving Apple and as he did after returning to Apple. But what a life with so many reinventions in such big ways in such a short period of time.

There's no boom and bust of Apple anymore, and there hasn't been for a long time. His life was boom and busts. And that's a lot more interesting.

But that last decision. 9 months of delaying cancer surgery. He could be alive and well today.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
32 months ago

Imagine comments being disabled on a happy birthday post, lol.

22 years! Crazy. I still remember the web 1.0 interface where articles were about Mac tidbits and rumors.

How about a look-back at old website screenshots, MR?!! ?
This one, from May 2000, is the oldest I could find on the Wayback Machine. (The site was actually archived as early as January 1999, but the "coming soon" graphics unfortunately weren't saved.)

https://web.archive.org/web/19990215000000*/macrumors.com

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Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
32 months ago
Happy Birthday Steve and MacRumors!

Congratulations @arn. You have definitely made a big difference in this world. Today is a big day for you. I Hope the MacRumors crew is throwing a big party ??

Thank you for everything that you do. Long live Steve! MacRumors forever. ?

More blessings, more love!

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Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JM Avatar
32 months ago

Yup. It's tough one, indeed. Not looking good. Trying not to invoke PRSI here, tho.
Imagine comments being disabled on a happy birthday post, lol.

22 years! Crazy. I still remember the web 1.0 interface where articles were about Mac tidbits and rumors.

How about a look-back at old website screenshots, MR?!! ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
riverfreak Avatar
32 months ago
I burned a SCSI cable in remembrance at my little Steve Jobs ofrenda in my office. He is missed.

Happy b-day macrumors. You don't look a day over 20.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)