This May, the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center opened up "The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World." The traveling exhibit, which features the many, many patents of Steve Jobs, was designed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum and is fairly breathtaking for being 312 pieces of paper. Consisting of 30 display panels that are each four feet wide, eight tall and shaped like the face of an iPhone, the exhibit displays facsimiles of 312 of the 317 different patents that Steve Jobs acquired. It also has a case with an a 1984 Apple Macintosh Computer; a 1992 NeXT monitor, sound box, microcomputer, keyboard and mouse; and a 2003 Apple iPod, which was the first to feature a discrete touch-sensitive click wheel as opposed to one with distinct mechanical buttons. We chatted with Richard Maulsby, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, who told us: "I think what we endeavored to do with the exhibit is capture not just the quality but the breadth of this man's innovation genius."
In the few months since his untimely death, we've learned that Apple's Steve Jobs had aspirations for products far beyond personal electronics. Now J Crew CEO and Apple board member Mickey Drexler has revealed that Jobs had dreams about building an iCar.
Most people are familiar with Apple's famous '1984' commercial that introduced the Macintosh, but hidden until now is this World War II style epic that was filmed later that same year for an Apple employee event in Hawaii.
Did you know that Steve Jobs, ruthless perfectionist and ex-Apple CEO was also a total Willy Wonka fan? So much, in fact, that he wanted to cosplay as Wonka and personally freak out treat the millionth iMac buyer.
Steve Jobs parodies used to sell non-Apple products are on the rise, and we should probably get used to that sort of thing. But as loyal techies we should insist that these parodies never be as lame as the latest one to emerge from Taiwan.
Sorry to burst your iBubble, but that Steve Jobs action figure is not getting made. After receiving legal threats from Apple and Jobs' family for using the late Steve's likeness, Tandy Cheung, the guy who sought to mass produce the figures is calling it quits.
About a year ago we showed you the first Steve Jobs action figure that seemed geared toward humor. Now that the iconic Apple founder has passed away a new figure has been produced that offers a more reverent approach.
If you were one of those Apple fans who believed Steve Jobs had near supernatural powers of product insight, you might identify with this new video that shows the late CEO as an anti-Android, lightsaber-wielding angel of death.
Check out the infographic below for a timeline of the life and work of Steve Jobs....
Since the death of Steve Jobs earlier this week we've seen all manner of spontaneous Apple store tributes and testimonials from many of his peers and competitors. But now in the next phase of memoriam, one group has delivered what may be the most perfect Jobs portrait ever.