Even during Apple’s lowliest days in the 1990s, it still served as the de facto R&D lab for the entire personal computer industry. I all but owe my career to Steve Jobs. You probably do too.
The Macintosh made the graphical user interface a viable product for consumers. Jobs took a costly experimental machine out of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center and he commanded a band of pirates within Apple—some of whom came out of Xerox—-to turn that into a better machine that made computing easy for the first time. Even if you’re using a Dell PC with Windows 7 now, you should be grateful that he made it happen.