He departs after tuning Apple to perfection.
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come”
Unfortunate it is, as Steve Jobs officially hands over the reigns of the company he started, got kicked out of and then returned to make it the most iconic tech company of this decade.
I’ve been a Mac user for almost ten years now which, granted, is not as long some of my peers in the industry. But it was before the time Apple became cool and mainstream. I also never really bought into the iPod craze, a device that is considered as the catalyst that helped shape Apple into the company it is today. But the iPhone certainly turned me into a believer. And though I wasn’t too impressed with the iPad when it was announced, I must say that it has become an extra-ordinary device today.
All of these products have helped Apple become what it is today and there will be no one else other than Steve Jobs who will be remembered for creating this magical transformation to the post-PC era. Something else that will be hard to replicate is the team that Steve has nurtured over the years. He knew that his illness won’t allow him to continue at Apple for as long as he would have liked and thus, he managed to put together a team that will continue taking Apple to new heights for the foreseeable future.
What will be missed is his powerful performances at keynotes that turns critics into fans. The passion he carries for Apple is visible in every single step he takes. And no one will be able to replace that.