by Kristin Tice Studeman
Functionality is often compromised by great design. In fashion, the dreamers often sidestep wearability in pursuit of achieving their ultimate fantasy. Of course, designers like Alexander Wang and Phoebe Philo have found a balance between the two, but perhaps no one has ever married performance and high design quite like Steve Jobs.

The visionary founder of Apple was the man who made technology beautiful. He believed that great products were a triumph of great taste. That was the mentality he maintained from the day he launched Apple, in 1976 with his friend Stephen Wozniak in his parents’ garage, until he died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Jobs first turned heads with the Macintosh computer, which made personal computers easier to use for the general consumer by simplifying a highly engineered piece of machinery. He parted ways with Apple for 12 years and then came back to his company in 1997, marking the launch of a digital revolution.

“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future,” said Jobs.

Perhaps even Jobs had no sense of just how much he would make his mark on the world. Upon his return, he rolled out one game-changing device after another,  including the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. With this new technology, he transformed entire industries and the way they function, including film, music, and mobile communications.

One man’s pursuit of perfect brought us into what seems like the Golden Age of Technology, but we are still only in the infant stages of discovering the full power of technology. We can only blindly imagine what is to come. What we do know, however, is Apple has recently enlisted help from the fashion and design set, including Angela Ahrendts (formerly of Burberry), Paul Deneve (formerly of Saint Laurent), and Arem Duplessis (of The New York Times), to carry on Jobs' mission of stylish tech. The next stage of the company's future will most certainly include leading-edge developments on the wearable technology front and we can't wait to see what that looks like. 

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