I just watched a short CNN storyline. A huge loss for the tech world. He was certainly a tech prodigy and will be sadly missed. Apple will suffer from this loss...
I have an iPhone and a couple iPods. Fabulous products IMHO.
Steve Jobs had little impact on any kind of invention--Apple isn't particularly innovative and just sells crap that other people invented.
While Steve Jobs and Apple may not have invented a lot of the individual technological components they utilize(d), he and the company his visions drove, were certainly innovative. I can't rationally see how anyone could argue that they did not take these technologies and figure out how to use them in a manner that pushed the technology further.
Sure there were smart phones as well as devices that used touch screens. Jobs and Apple had the vision to combine the two to make a better, useful and rapidly accepted product. That is, in fact, innovation.
to invent or begin to apply (methods, ideas, etc)
Sure Xerox invented the GUI interface, as well as Ethernet and a ton of other technologies we rely on in our daily computer use, but it was Jobs who saw the potential and drove his company to turn the theory into a usable product.
I'd hate to see where we would be without his vision.
Well, that is my take on Steve Jobs and Apple from my particular vantage point.