Steve Jobs was a technology disruptor.
The Apple computer was the anti-PC PC. Starting from the beginning, the style of the Apple was anti-geek. He and his company tried to make the Apple stylish, and for its time, it was definitely stylish and the user interface over the operating system was, and still is, advanced and far ahead of the major competitor for the personal computer market. Today, if you notice the major pc vendors are selling "all-in-one" computers that try to copy the iMac.
People are talking about the iPod and how it revolutionized how people listen to music. It was, and is, a technology distruptor. Instead of boxes and racks full of alblums and cassettes and CD cases, we have disks full of music that gets put on an iPod device for carrying around.
And the iPhone totally revolutionized the "smart phone" market. Single handedly, the iPhone has crushed the market share for RIM Blackberry and has brought the email and "mobile computing" market to the masses.
I can't forget about Pixar, which created entertaining and advanced animation movies. It did so well that Disney, considered to be animation company, brought it to learn from them AND to gain movie market share.
All of these were disruptors to the current technology and business market. The iPod has helped to change the music industry for better or worse. The animation you see now in the movies is really top notch. Would "Avatar" be possible without Pixar? Would the smart phone market be what it is, today, without the driving force of the iPhone?
And how many businesses would not be around, today, because of the disruption Apple, led by Steve Jobs, caused in the technology and entertainment markets? Just consider all of the smart phone app makers and the companies needed to push and stream all of the data to your smart phone. That's where the capitalism comes in. That's how one company and spawn multiple companies and cause wealth to be created and spread. That's how one company can force older companies to innovate or be squashed under the competition.
And, frankly, I think the NeXT operating system was WAY ahead of the pack.