Known around the world for making the latest computer tech fashionable to a wide-range of folks – even to the fashionista crowd, will Apple continue to be one of the world’s top technology firms without Steve Jobs?
By: Ringo Bones
Even though he passed away in October 5, 2011 at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Apple co-founder and visionary will surely be missed. The computer technology company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak has always been seen as the “alternative” from the mainstream. Steve Jobs’ first ever major commercial product to be launched with much advertising fanfare was the 1984 era McIntosh, which itself was a technological tour-de-force at the time as to being the first ever personal computer that came with a mouse. Sadly, the 1984 era Mac didn’t do as well commercially in comparison to Steve Jobs’ more recent products.
The 1998 era rainbow-colored PC was probably the first toe-in-the-water exercise for Apple’s path to slowly but surely into becoming a consumer-electronic juggernaut of the 21st Century. From the i-Pod, the i-Phone to the i-Pad, Steve Jobs seem to manage to do the impossible by making computer technology hip and stylish enough for the fashionista crowd. Whether you love or hate his commercially successful inventions, there’s no denying that Steve Jobs is probably the most influential visionary when it comes to making portable internet access a commercially viable entity. Not to mention that during the height of his creative and managing powers at Apple, he forego focus groups and other corporate niceties citing that they tend to skew his creative vision.
Tributes had been pouring in of his untimely passing, from US President Barack Obama to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, not to mention rival computer companies and more importantly, the millions of people who have benefited from his vision of establishing user-friendly and “fashionable” access to the global information superhighway.
Will Apple still retain the vision and brilliant inventiveness of Steve Jobs? Only time will tell; but – to the millions of his fans – it seems like he has already mapped out the direction for Apple to go through for it to remain as a strong and visionary computer technology firm.