It was just a few weeks ago that we reported on Steve Jobs’ departure from the company he co-founded, Apple Inc. While we talked with several Mac experts during that last update, this report is of a completely different nature. Yesterday afternoon, news spread far and wide about Steve Jobs’ death – though Jobs’ has been facing a public battle with pancreatic cancer for years, his death at the age of 56 was still shocking to those who appreciated his work and those industry executives.
Similar to Exec Digital’s experience writing about Jobs’ departure in August, the company is prepped to survive. Though Jobs was known for his direct manner, enthusiasm and energetic attitude, he also was aware of the future capabilities of Apple, and didn’t let his disease harpoon on what exactly Apple’s future might become.
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Kathy Tafel, a former marketer with Apple who worked on the ‘Mac vs. PC’ campaign, said this regarding the success of Apple and Steve Jobs: “It is terribly sad that the career of someone who cared so much about the progress of humanity and its intersection with technology was cut so brutally short. While I have no doubt that Apple will continue to make great products and breakthroughs, it will be a long time before another multi-national business will tolerate a true philosopher king at the helm."
It is obvious that this revolutionary executive had made an impact well beyond the companies of Apple and Pixar, and will be remembered fondly by computer users, Mac or otherwise.