One Year after Losing Steve Jobs, Apple Continue to Grow

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Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday (October 5th, 2012) marked the one year anniversary of the death of pioneering Apple chief Steve Jobs at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In tribute to the former leader, Apple’s homepage paid homage with a video showing snippets of the various products that Jobs brought to the world – changing the way in which we use technology in the process.

After the two minute video finishes, visitors to the Apple website are shown a touching message from CEO Tim Cook. “Steve’s passing one year ago was a sad and difficult time for all of us,” says Cook. “I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.”

“One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world was Apple,” Cook goes on. “No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.”

In the final paragraph Cook writes, “I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.”

Onward and Upward

Since losing Steve Jobs, it has been business as usual for Apple, and the Cupertino corporation has gone from strength to strength, despite going against several things their great leader Jobs believed in.

In the past year, Apple’s stock has hit a new high of $664, a new iPad has been released and sold very well, and the latest iPhone 5 has saw pre-orders and sales surpass those of the iPhone 4S, even if it did increase the display to 4.0 inches – something which was never likely to happen under Jobs.

The next big product being lined up by Apple is also something that Steve Jobs was dead against – a 7 inch tablet. The rumored iPad mini will feature a slimmed down chassis and 7.85 inch display, directly competing against the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Here is what Jobs had to say back in 2010 about the idea of Apple ever releasing a tablet smaller than the iPad:

“No tablet can compete with the mobility of a smartphone, its ease of fitting into your pocket or purse, its unobtrusiveness when used in a crowd. Given that all tablet users will already have a smartphone in their pockets, giving up precious display area to fit a tablet in our pockets is clearly the wrong trade-off. The 7-inch tablets are tweeners; too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.”

Steven Paul Jobs put Apple on the map; it’s now up to Tim Cook to further his legacy, even if that does mean going against the great man’s beliefs from time to time.

– Anthony Carter

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