How did Steve Jobs say his last name?

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said his name like the synonym for "tasks," not like the Bible figure.
Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said his name like the synonym for "tasks," not like the Bible figure.
Posted: October 07, 2011

The question came up in conversation: How did Steve Jobs pronounce his last name?

The legendary Apple co-founder and tech-design guru died Thursday, at age 56, possibly of complications from a bout with pancreatic cancer that began in 2004.

On news reports, his surname has most often been said to rhyme with lobs.

But some say the correct way is like the Biblical character, Job, and the name should rhyme with lobes.

A couple of YouTube videos give a clear answer.

It's like the word - as in "some have to work two jobs to support a family" - not the beleaguered Old Testament guy.

Thirty-five seconds into a clip of a 1983 Apple speech, he says, "Hi, I'm Steve Jobs." (See: www.philly.com/philly/video/Steve_Jobs_Pronounces_His_Name.html.)

Thirty seconds into a video about his computer company, NeXT, Jobs says, "Hi. For those who don't know me, my name is Steve Jobs." (See: www.philly.com/philly/video/Steve_Jobs_Pronounces_His_Name_2.html.)

In both cases, he clearly says it with a short O sound, not a long O.

For extra measure, here's a clip of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak pronouncing the last name at least four times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFdX29mVrxA. It also tells how Jobs came up with the name Apple.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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