Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Stage to Launch New Product

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs emcees product launch for first time since receiving liver transplant

YAHOO Financial News Report:  Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has returned to his showman role, taking the stage Wednesday at a product launch event for the first time since his nearly six-month-long medical leave.

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Jobs, who had a liver transplant this spring, got a standing ovation. Looking thin and speaking quietly and with a scratchy voice, he told the audience he had received the liver of a 20-year-old who died in a car accident, and urged the crowd to become organ donors.

“I wouldn’t be here without such generosity,” Jobs said.

During the early moments of the event, the CEO outlined an update to Apple’s iTunes software. Apple also issued a minor update to the iPhone software.

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”                                     Quote by:  Steve Jobs

Jobs had not appeared at such an event since last October. He bowed out of his usual keynote at the year’s largest Mac trade show in January and went on leave shortly thereafter.  Read full story here

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FOLLOW Live coverage of Apple’s rock ‘n’ roll-themed event, which kicked off in San Francisco just after 10 a.m. Pacific time. We’ll be updating this page with live updates right here as it unfolds–with newest updates at the top of the page.

11:04 a.m.: We’re getting a preview of the new ad, which highlights the video feature and colors of the Nano–with a cutesy pop song as backing, of course.

11:04 a.m.: It will come in a variety of colors: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, silver, black. 8GB $159 and 16GB for $179, both will be available today.

11:02 a.m.: The voice over feature from the iPod Shuffle will also be in the Nano, as well as Genius Mixes which were discussed earlier. The Nano will also have an FM radio, and a voice recorder app and pedometer. The pedometer will sync online with Nike Plus.  Read more here

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QUOTES BY Steve Jobs

“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”

“Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?”

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

“I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

“It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we’d given customers what they said they wanted, we’d have built a computer they’d have been happy with a year after we spoke to them – not something they’d want now.”

“Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

“The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.

“To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.

“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

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Posted by:  BBParks

Sources:  Yahoo Finance, CNet.com

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