See ya, Steve!

The apple has fallen from the tree; Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, director and most recently chairman, has died.

The world, geeks and consumers alike, mourns his death.

I didn’t know the man, care for him, nor really – to be honest – know who he was until his death. But one can’t help feel a little sense of compassion for the IT folks of this world, the employees of Apple and the family of Mr. Jobs himself. More so, one can’t help feel sad at entertaining the thought of Apple losing its unique ability to launch innovation after innovation in the world’s relatively difficult economic and financial times; and steamroll ahead with technological advancements well ahead of competitors and at times, itself.

Rest in peace, you giant.

Interestingly, I read an article that posed the question, can Apple survive without the big apple himself, Steve Jobs?

The answer? Who knows.

Interesting thought, however, that a company that was essentially towered-over by one man could potentially operate unperturbed from the happenings of late. Do I think this is possible? Possibly. Why? Admittedly, while we enter something as it is, we subscribe to a particular way of thinking, a particular way, modus operandi that responds to the what we understand to be the fundamentals of the overall operation; when this is altered, so is the way we work and the way we feel toward said operation. However, the removal of said influencer can often have – despite the unfortunate circumstances – quite the positive refreshing benefit for the environment and reinvigorate the innovations and operations of – in this case – Apple.

However, motivation dissipates? Enthusiasm wanes? Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see after this event, how exactly Apple responds and how the company moves forward.

I am however, certain, that yes while the death of its founder its tragic and sad, it is not enough to overthrow the momentum and entrepreneurialism of something as colossal as the $351 billion organisation that is Apple globally.

By bringing what we needed to us, before we even knew we needed it, Jobs, who co-founded Apple in Silicon valley with his room-mate in 1976, lead the way to global revolution of technology and the way we use it. He turned gadgets into the extensions of the people who use them, maximising on good old Marshall McLuhan’s communicative theory; the medium is the message.

As a great example of the liveliness of Jobs’ existence within Apple: the recent launch of the predicted ‘iPhone 5’ was greeted with a lukewarm reception and dejected hundreds of thousands of Apple lovers and iPhone enthusiasts around the world. Look at Facebook, Twitter and IT blogs globally and you’ll get the gist.

Perhaps, had Jobs been in good enough health to deliver the launch of the new upgrades to the newly dubbed iPhone 4S, the reception would have been more favourable, consumers more welcoming, and the reputation for the goods that Apple produces, salvaged somewhat.

We’ll see if Job’s hand-picked successor Tim Cook can replace the vivaciousness of his predecessor and carry-on the passion and personality of Apple that Jobs lived and breathed.

Time’ll tell.


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