"Poll question: Most legendary contribution of Steve Jobs"
I was taking a nap and thought about how ubiquitous smartphones are. Granted he didn't invent the technology but he did make them palatable to the public in a way that no one could figure out how to do before.
Like our 70+ year old parents use smartphones like our 4 year old children / nieces / nephews.
And he also did the same, although in smaller numbers, when he presented the Macintosh. I still remember that day in 3rd grade when I got a chance to see one up close. You felt you were looking at some creation that was in some science fiction movie. The impact the Macintosh had on personal computing, bringing computing mainstream in a way no other company had done before. And it also brought creatives a new medium which led to desktop publishing and graphic design advances not to mention music and other fields.
The iMac didn't have the impact on tech that the other two products did but it was the sign that Apple was back and made computing fashionable and accessible in a way that hadn't been done since the OG Mac.
Apple printing money isn't a tech invention but to take a company from a garage to one that was worth $300B at the time of his death and now worth $900B is something Horatio Alger wouldn't have the bravery to write.
Taking the time element out of the decision, I'd have to say the iPhone was the most impactful invention of his run.
7. "I thought to include this" In response to Reply # 6
Since it is really the grandfather to the iPod and iPhone.
But it didn't make a splash when it launched. Mostly because it didn't have the Internet (at least I don't think. And even if it did, it would have been a lesser user experience than the browsing on the iPhone.) and was too ahead of its time. Really all of those PDA's developed were. With the exception of the Palm devices I don't think they caught on with anyone who wasn't a fierce early-adopter.