A year ago today, Steve Jobs passed away, only a few weeks after stepping down from his position at Apple. His legacy cannot be overstated or underestimated: no one man has done more to push us into the future than him. How rare is it that the beloved face of a company is also its driving creative force? He was a gamechanger and a tastemaker, a man whose specific vision for what technology can be and should be has defined an entire generation of technological innovation. What he found cool and useful is now what society finds cool and useful.
In the past year, Apple has only grown. It’s stock it at an all-time high. The iPhone 5 is the fastest selling mobile device of all time. Apple continues to soar far above Google and Microsoft in the numbers…but is it the same company? Our own Q Manning has this to say:
“In the year since Steve passed, the mobile situation has lost a bit of its elegance. The war between Samsung and Apple has gotten dirty, and the company he made the biggest in the world has committed a series of missteps in both their product line and their offering. While Apple may continue to be profitable, Steve’s absence is sorely felt by the technology world. He continues to be missed.”
Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs. He may get the job done, but he doesn’t have the insight and drive that transformed Jobs into the 21st century’s first true innovator. Eventually, someone else will come along and take the reins of this mobile world. He or she may work for Apple, but who knows? Maybe the next true innovator will come from the Android camp or even Microsoft. Jobs’ genius propelled Apple to unseen heights, but his true legacy is opening the door to a new and exciting world of mobile tech. His legacy will be felt not just in Apple, but throughout an entire industry.
The next true innovator will be continuing the work started by Steve Jobs.