The recent sad death of Steve Jobs robbed the world of an amazing man, regardless of whether one loves the iPhone, the iPad or the Mac.
The question now is how Apple will survive his loss.
Obviously, the company has been run – and run well – during his absences but it will be interesting to see how it performs in five, ten years time without its visionary leader.
During that time the current ‘news kids on the block’ will have matured and one may be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.
At the moment Apple products are flavour of the month but the test will come with the next new product launch.
But maybe customers will be kind as many seem to have a personal bond with the Apple brand. As one of the tributes on the Remembering Steve page on the Apple website said:
“I fell in love with my first MAC in 1987, and have been in love with Apple ever since. Steve, your vision of what these products could do enabled me and millions of others to express our creativity in ways we once thought unimaginable. I can think of no greater gift to humanity than helping us all tap into our limitless potential to make art. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sandy”
Few technology products have inspired so much love so maybe Steve’s real legacy will be that the Apple dream will live on into the future.
Time will tell!