Steve Jobs Leaves Legacy in Government (Photo Slide Show)
For many in government, the innovation Jobs inspired has changed how work gets done.
President Barack Obama became one of the first presidential candidates to utilize social media for an election campaign, and he’s also no stranger to mobile devices. He’s pictured here with White House Military Aide Major Reggie McClam using an iPad.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/An Honorable German.)
The White House
Just one year after the iPad launched, this Chicago elementary school class started using the devices for class activities. The iPads are being tested to see if they should become a permanent learning tool for the school district.
(Photo courtesy of Jessica Mulholland.)
The San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Protection District this past winter launched an iPhone app called Fire Department. The app includes a free feature that notifies citizens in the area when someone is suffering from an emergency requiring CPR.
(Photo courtesy of FireDepartment.org)
Matthew Barzun, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, shows content on an iPad to Karl Petersen, the mayor of Lulea, Sweden.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr/U.S. Embassy Sweden)
On this iPhone, the FEMA website shows that residents can apply for and check on their assistance status from their phones. (photo courtesy of FEMA/Bill Koplitz)
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.