6 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Steve Jobs

On February 24, 1955, Steve Jobs was born in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He would go on to become the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple Computer. Here are six shocking facts you didn't know about Steve Jobs...


Jobs Dropped Out of College Steve Jobs was a college dropout and attended Reed College for just 18 months.  The course that interested him the most at Reed was calligraphy. In the class, he studied typefaces and put his knowledge of typography to work when the first Macintosh computer was designed. Jobs said: “I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It’s this appreciation for aesthetics which ultimately set Apple apart in the tech world. Jobs had no idea, at the time, how much his knowledge in calligraphy would influence the typography and font of Apple products.

He Was Offered an Internship at Hewlett-Packard in 8th Grade The HP website tells the story like this: "When he was in eighth grade, Steve Jobs decided to build a frequency counter for a school project and needed parts. Someone suggested that he call Bill Hewlett. Finding a William Hewlett in the telephone book, the 12-year-old Jobs called and asked, "Is this the Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard?" "Yes," said Bill. Jobs made his request. Bill spent some time talking to him about his project. Several days later, Jobs went to HP and picked up a bag full of parts that Bill had put together for him. Subsequently, Jobs landed a summer job at HP."


Jobs Worked at Atari Before Starting Apple Back in the early 1970s, Jobs landed a computer job with Atari, the video game company. He was a technician, and a highly valued one at that, although he had a reputation for being obnoxious. Jobs and Steve Wozniak, also later an Apple leader, designed the game Breakout for Atari in 1976. Reports are that people started complaining about the guy who never showered and walked around barefoot, and Atari had to move Jobs to the night shift because of his hygiene.

He Has Over 300 Patents to His Name We all know he invented the iPhone, iPad and MacBook, but there are way more patents associated with his name. In fact, there are over 300! He appears as the lead inventor for over 30 products. Steve wasn’t just the inventor of desktop computers, iPods, laptops, keyboards and mice, he also invented packaging, power adapters, display devices and even the glass staircase inside of some Apple retail stores.

He Was Fired From Apple Did you know that in 1985 Steve Jobs was fired from Apple—the company he helped to create. There was a disagreement between Jobs and Apple’s then-CEO, John Sculley. Jobs wanted to drop the price of the Macintosh and focus more of the advertising on it, instead of the Apple II. At the time, Mac sales were not doing well, but Sculley blamed it on the software, not the price. Apple’s Board of Directors sided with Sculley and Steve was let go from the company. Even though he fell out of his own company, he took it as a blessing in disguise and later in 1997 joined back as the CEO. He later said that the feeling was very liberating and it was the most creative period of his life.

He Initially Opposed Apps It may come as a surprise, that Steve Jobs initially opposed the idea of having third-party apps on the iPhone. A member of Apple’s board of directors had to call him about six times to try to convince him to even consider the idea. He was against it because he “felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities involved in policing third-party app developers.” Thankfully, he eventually agreed to it.