The big question now is how apple technology will evolve and flourish now that Steve Jobs is gone and his physical presence and charisma is missing
Jobs is counted among the greatest CEOs in history, mentioned in the same breath as Henry Ford and other historical giants of corporate America. One of his most unique achievements was vaulting Apple to world leadership not just once, but twice. The Silicon Valley Company had seemed to be heading for bankruptcy when he returned in 1996 after a decade away. Fifteen years on, it known as the world’s most valuable company.
In fact, of all the people over the years who led and shaped the personal computer and consumer electronics industries, Jobs was perhaps the most enigmatic. His personality and presence drove Apple to new heights in terms of innovation and design. It also created an almost cult-like following among users of the company’s products, who lined up for days to hear him speak at trade shows and events. Conversely, Jobs was also an extremely private and introspective person, whose passion was simplicity and utility.
Over the course of his life, his influence touched nearly every facet of our lives, from personal computers and phones to music, tablet devices and animated movies. But, Jobs was never obsessed with legacy or immortality, but rather with just providing ways for people to do better in their personal and working lives.
He was also a person who recognized the importance of learning from failures, as he had when fired from Apple by the very man he had hired and later returning to take control and steer the company into new and exciting areas of technology. There were also a number of unsuccessful technology launches like the failed Lisa and early MessagePad personal digital assistant.
Jobs’ few critics say the Macintosh was mostly borrowed technology, and beyond that all Apple gave the world was a sleek cellphone and an improved music-player. But many people — in the tech world and beyond — believe his impact on society and culture was monumental. He prompted millions to embrace digital technology, online media and mobile communications in ways they never did before.