Jobs is listed on 342 patent applications, either as an inventor or a co-inventor ranging from computer software to staircases.
The day before he died, he was awarded a patent on the OS X dock feature found in Macs.
Here are some of his other inventions…
If you were wowed by the stunning design of Apple stores, you have to thank Steve Jobs. At least when it comes to staircases. Jobs is listed as a co-inventor for the transparent staircase design that is seen in many Apple stores.
Apple is well known for its attention to details starting with the packaging of its products.
IPods when uboxed, appear as though they are floating within the transparent plastic container they come packaged in. This effect and the packaging mechanism has been patented by Jobs and his team.
Apple’s competitors managed to reduce the weight of their notebooks but never bothered to reduce the size and weight of their power adapters. Remember those heavy, monstrous bricks that passed as power adapters? Apple was the first to pay attention to this problem.
Jobs and his team made adapters look sexy, light and functional. Patent number D519922 was awarded to Jobs and 12 other co-inventors.
Patent # D469109 was awarded to Apple’s most recognized product, the iPod.
The application was filed on October 22, 2001 and the patent was awarded on Jan 21, 2003.
It was a stunning design and a marvelous breakthrough – cramming the CPU within the display unit. This design won numerous awards and Johnathan Ive in one of his interviews, talks about how challenging it was to keep the stand from wobbling!
The monitor design was patented and Steve Jobs is listed as one of the co-inventors.
The patent abstract reads: We claim the ornamental design for a computing substantially as shown and described. The Mac Mini is Apple’s cheapest computer. Size of a lunch box, comes without a display unit, keyboard or a mouse.
A true engineering marvel.
Though Apple did not invent the mouse, they popularized this input device.
The Apple mouse evolved from a single mouse button to no physical buttons.
A patent was awarded for the design of this device in 2011.
Steve Jobs took a deep interest in the design of the Apple Store.
This particular design as seen in the Upper West Side Apple store was patented by Jobs and his team.
White Electronic Device
The first generation IPod shuffle was only the size of a pack of chewing gum and Apple’s product page actually said: Do not eat iPod shuffle!
The design for this ‘White electronic device’ was patented in October of 2006.
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