On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the technology world lost one of its biggest contributors: Steve Jobs. The founder and former CEO of Apple died at age 56 after fighting a long-term battle with cancer and a series of other health problems.

In Jobs’ lifetime, Apple not only became a household name, but within the last few years, Apple products made their way into government agency best practices. The release of devices like the iPhone and iPad, has redirected the future of communication and computing within the government enterprise.

City councilmen have shifted from using paper documents during meetings to scrolling through those same documents with the use of an iPad, saving cities thousands of dollars in printing costs. And through the use of iPhone apps, agencies have been able to provide a range of information to engage citizens with their government.

Take a look at the inroads to government Apple products have made.

Sarah Rich, Staff Writer Sarah Rich  |  Staff Writer

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.