Just days ago Apple announced their new iPhone 4S and today the company's co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. Apple has officially announced to the world that Steve Jobs died October 5th, 2011 of complications of pancreatic cancer. Mr.Jobs was one of the founders of what is widely regarded as the modern personal computer industry. For many that would have been enough to rest on his laurels. Ironically, his greatest accomplishments came after he was fired in 1985 from the company he co-created in a corporate coup. From 1985 to his return to Apple in 1997, Jobs founded NeXT Computers whose operating system became the basis of Apple's iMac operating system. In addition Steve bought a small hardware subsidiary from LucasFilms that he turned into the world renowned Pixar, creator of blockbuster animated films such as Toy Story.
In 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as a consultant as part of the purchase of NeXT Computing. Shortly thereafter, Jobs returned to the CEO role of a much diminished Apple. The companies fortunes had shrunk so far that Michael Dell of Dell computing once famously said that the best thing that can be done for the Apple shareholders was to dissolve the company and return the shareholder funds. Over the next fourteen years, Jobs was the visionary behind the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, catapulting Apple to become of the greatest companies in the world today. Along the way, under Job's leadership, Apple completely changed the way that the world consumed music, movies, and used cell phones. The iPad seems poised to change the way that we consume media today.
Unfortunately, Mr. Jobs will not be able to see how the iPad will continue to change things in the world. And the world will be a little less insanely great.