On occasion over the years, I have mentioned that I use various Apple products. Or rather, it might be more correct to say that I use only Apple products. Other than a TI-99/4A that my parents bought for the family for Christmas 1982, I've never owned a non-Apple PC. The first computer I bought (in 1986) was an Apple IIc, and since then I've owned at least a dozen Macintoshes. At two different jobs, I've had to use a Windows PC, but the last time I did so was 15 years ago. I was an early adopter of the original iPod, the first iPhone, and the iPad. And over the years, I've managed to pick up a few shares of Apple, including some at the (split-adjusted) price of $6. (Apple's stock closed yesterday at $373.72.)
And so it probably comes as no surprise that the resignation of Steve Jobs as Apple CEO was something of a bittersweet moment for me. (Glenn Halbrooks, the About.com Guide to Media, has the story here.) Jobs' return to Apple in 1996 has been called the "greatest second act in history," and it's hard to argue with that assessment. The original Macintosh changed the face of personal computing; but Mac OS X, which evolved from the NeXTSTEP operating system that Jobs created during his decade in exile from Apple, has revolutionized not only personal computing but the cellphone industry, the music industry, the publishing industry, and (quite possibly in the next few years) the television and movie industries.
Still, it may seem odd for a traditional Catholic to admire a man who is a professed Buddhist and vegan, who has consistently backed presidential candidates who support abortion, and who has extended spousal benefits to the homosexual partners of Apple employees. But just as the Church has always recognized that all truth God's truth, no matter where it arises, so, too, all worthwhile human endeavors have something noble about them that we can and should admire.
And so, in honor of Steve Jobs' years as Apple's CEO, and with best wishes for his physical recovery and more fruitful (no pun intended) years to come, here are a few of the Apple-related stories we've run on the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism over the years:
- The Christian Vision of Steve Jobs
- Selling Your Soul for an iPhone?
- Are Macs Catholic?
- Why 2009 Will Be Like 1984
- A Saint He Ain't
- Pope2You.net: The Vatican Gets Hip
- Best Catholic iPhone App - 2011 Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
- Best Catholic iPad App - 2011 Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Winners
- Pope Benedict: Twitter User
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 2, 2011, in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)