Today marks what would have been iconic innovator and entrepreneur, Steve Jobs’ 59th birthday!
Under his leadership and influence, Apple’s rich suite of products has become a phenomenon to billions of people around the world. Whether you’re on a train in Paris or at a cafe in Bangkok, it’s fascinating to see people of different nationalities and backgrounds connect with Apple technology. And this is no surprise or coincidence. Steve Jobs was a globally-minded individual that insisted on localizing his products and creating an intuitive experience for users in their native languages.
From 1977, when the first Apple computer was born, to present day, Apple products and retail stores have come a long way to stretch across the globe:
- On May 19, 2001, the first Apple retail stores opened in both California and Virginia.
- On November 30, 2003, the first international Apple retail store was introduced in Tokyo, Japan. Almost a year later, Europe’s first retail store opened in London, UK.
- In 2009, over half of retail store openings were international, and by the end of the fiscal year 2012, 83% of its store openings and 51% of its sales were outside the US.
- Today, there are currently 423 Apple retail stores in 15 different countries throughout the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, China, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Sweden, Netherlands, and Brazil.
- The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) attracts more than 5,000 developers from all over the world every year.
- In the U.S. alone, Apple houses over 50,000 employees, and over 80,000 worldwide.
So on this day, let’s all take a moment to remember the legendary icon, Steve Jobs, the man whose ideas and vision have enabled those from all over the world to connect by speaking the language of innovation.