October 5, 2011 marked the passing of Apple chairman and former CEO Steve Jobs.
Apple employees found this out from an email sent to them by Apple CEO Tim Cook on the same day.
In the email, Cook said Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.
“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.”
He ended the note acknowledging that Steve has left behind a company that “only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple”.
“The launch of iPhone 4S was a reminder of the vision and strategy Steve Jobs laid out for Apple during his time as CEO, with iOS the software platform that will drive the company forward, iCloud and the related services the next-generation model for consuming and sharing content among devices, Siri as an indication of a new phone interface, and beautiful, high spec hardware to contain it all,” observed Ovum Chief Telecoms Analyst Jan Dawson.
Dawson reflected that Jobs was an iconic figure, and one whose impact on the technology industry and the world at large are hard to measure.
“In just the last four years, he has reinvented the smartphone and the tablet computer, and previously he had also changed the music industry dramatically with the introduction of the iPod and iTunes.”
Jobs’ death will be felt deeply at Apple, the company he founded and recently led for fourteen years, but also throughout the industry, said Dawson.
He is confident that the foundation that Jobs has laid out will serve Apple well in the years to come, and there is little danger of Apple deviating from that successful strategy.
“The risk - if there is one - is that Apple continues to rely on single 'hero' devices in its two major product lines - iPhone and iPad - with an annual release cycle. If one of those devices ever turns out to be a dud, it will put a huge dent in the company's revenues and margins.”
He noted that yesterday's launch of iPhone 4s should pave the way for at least another year of success in the smartphone business, and future releases are likely to continue that pattern.
Apple is inviting thoughts, memories and condolences to be sent to [email protected].