Yesterday it was announced that Steve Jobs had passed away at the age of 56 due to terminal cancer. This sent shockwaves throughout the world, not just to Apple lovers or tech fans but rival companies (Bill Gates), world leaders (Bill Gates) and more. Everyone is mourning the loss of a great inventor. Some have proclaimed him as the modern Henry Ford (Creator of the first modern production car) and I’d be inclined to agree. After returning to Apple in 1997 he’s headed a company which has sparked a massive technological innovation for our generation.
He made music portable with the launch of the Ipod, smart phones simple and cool with the launch of the Iphone and he caused tablets to actually take off on a large scale with the Ipad, something even Microsoft couldn’t pull off some years ago.
These products have caused companies to follow suit, adapt and try to keep up with the pace of the development of the products Apple have created and launched over the past few years. Ok, the Iphone 4s announced on Wednesday wasn’t exactly a massive surge forward for the company and I think that the soon to be announced Nexus Prime could leave it standing in the water but at the end of the day Steve Jobs has left a fantastic legacy.
He’ll be remembered for Pixar Studios (Think Toy Story etc) and bringing Apple back from the brink of destruction in 1997 to a world leader. What Apple choose to do next will remain to be seen but I have no doubt about them not going anywhere for at least the next 5-10 years.
I’d like to finish this post with a little quote from a speech Steve gave at Stanford University in 2005. I think it’s so true, meaningful and deep. We should all take a step back and think about what we’re doing in life, we should be carving our own path, not walking in another’s footsteps:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
RIP Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.