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Visual tour: Apple's greatest hits under Steve Jobs

12 noteworthy Apple innovations in Jobs' reign

We look at 12 noteworthy innovations rolled out under Jobs' leadership at Apple

Mac OS X

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, it was as part of a package deal that included NeXT, a software and hardware company Jobs founded after his 1985 ousting from Apple. The operating system he developed there, NeXTSTEP, became the basis for Mac OS X, the first from-the-ground-up rewrite of the Macintosh operating system ever. Mac OS X, released in 2001, introduced a new aesthetic known as Aqua; the Cocoa development API; and Unix underpinnings, offering faster, easier and more secure multitasking. A decade later, it is the second most popular consumer OS.

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Music in your pocket: the iPod

When the iPod was released in 2001, it was not the first portable digital music player, nor did it have broad appeal, as it could download music from Macs only. But the innovative click wheel interface made the iPod easier to use than many of its competitors.

In October 2003, Apple made the iPod part of a devastating larger strategy when it released both iTunes for Windows and the iTunes Music Store, offering listeners an affordable and legal way to get music off the internet. Seven years later, Apple sold its ten billionth song, as well as more than 220 million iPods, including such models as the Mini, Nano, Shuffle and Touch.

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