Today marks one year, since Apple founder, Steve Jobs, died at the age of 56. The American inventor had been battling pancreatic cancer for years, and has left a lasting legacy at the tech giant, the largest publicly traded company in the world.
Reuters columnist, John Abell, reflected on Jobs’ remarkable achievements:
"His greatest achievement, the one that he was most proud of, was that he created a company. He wasn't all that interested in the things that the company did. He wanted to create a company. He created an organism that lives on and has thrived in the hands of his children, as it were. So, there isn't a greater legacy for him if he was around to savour it."
Many were worried that Apple, known for innovative products such as the iPhone and the iPod, would lose its creative spark after the death of their visionary founder. But, as Abell explains, the company has gone from strength to strength under new CEO, Tim Cook, who has so far proved the doubters wrong.
"They are the largest company on the planet, ever was in public land. They've put out a new iPhone. They are hitting on all their pistons right now. So the good news is that in the immediate aftermath of the Steve Jobs era, things didn't fall apart."
So far so good for Apple, but as the tributes flooding in today emphasise, Jobs is fondly remembered across the world. Many will wonder if the company can continue to dazzle consumers and revolutionise the technology industry without Steve Jobs spearheading the charge.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner.