60 Minutes | 10/23/11 – Steve Jobs Biography, Apps for Autism

Steve Jobs playing with the Apple iPad 1.
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On this evening’s edition of 60 Minutes, the show’s Steve Kroft talked to Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs’ authorized biography, titled “Steve Jobs.”  (Link to book: http://amzn.to/ovo8bX)  Some interesting things were revealed about the man and the mystery (ooh, aah), and I must say I am totally interested in this book and can’t wait to get my hands (fingers = reading on iPad) on it!!

The book will be released tomorrow, and for those who have not yet heard anything about what was revealed in the book, here are a few links for ya!

As if you couldn’t already tell by the headlines on those links (add to them the fact that he dropped acid, was mean to people, etc.), this is going to be one hell of a read!

Link to story on 60 Minutes:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-20124225/apps-for-autism-communicating-on-the-ipad/?tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel
On a more meaningful and serious note, one which adds to Jobs’ legacy in a positive way, Lesley Stahl and the show’s producers looked into how iPad apps are helping kids and adults with autism communicate.  It was truly amazing to see how technology opened up these lives, which so many believe contribute nothing to society, finally allowing them to let out to the world what they’ve been forced to keep in for so long.
Basically, these apps are allowing them to have a constant in their life, according to one woman Stahl interviewed for this story.  This constant, without emotions or impatience, allows many children with autism (true to life, people learn differently and these apps don’t work for everyone) to tell people how they are feeling, what they are thinking, what they need and want, and other vital things they need to communicate.
Being the new owner of an iPad 2, I can say that the device is true to Jobs’ statement that it was a “magical” device, and it’s really something to see how it has a practical, very meaningful usage to so many.  Hooray for this!