No matter if you are PC or a Mac, chances are, when you heard the news about Steve Jobs’ resignation, you had a reaction. The reaction, negative or positive, was the result of a visionary in technology saying:
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.
– Quote Steve Jobs’ Resignation Letter
Apart from iPhone 3G, I have never used an Apple product. That’s not to say that I wasn’t impressed at the first computer I laid my eyes on, Macintosh Plus, designed by Jobs. My first ever computer was a PC because it was more affordable than a Macintosh, especially in Dubai, where I grew up. If it wasn’t for the price, I think, my dad would have bought a Macintosh for me.
According to History of computer design: Macintosh, “The Macintosh case manifests Jobs’ vision of a computer as an appliance, freeing the user from interaction with circuitry.” Many products we use today, and can’t live without, can be directly traced to Jobs’ vision of creativity. Others were inspired to design and think the way he did. He is the Michael Jackson of the technology business.
Apple, now Jobs-less, is never going to be what it was. Jobs gave Apple his best years and that’s the good part. Sad part, however, is that Jobs is no longer relevant. As chairman of the board, he will not be as involved as he was as a CEO. Jobs is no business man, he is an artist, and needs a canvas. Sure, for next 3-5 years, Apple will keep us busy with its innovations. What happens after that is not yet clear because Tim Cook, new Apple CEO, is a business man not an artist.
Jobs reminds me of this one Abraham Lincolnquote, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” One can say that Jobs didn’t just try to be good, he made sure to be the best.