The Internet is flooded with fresh praise and memories of the life of Steve Jobs today.
This is the one-year anniversary of the death of the Apple visionary. As a result, people everywhere are looking at how the company has changed and how Jobs’s legacy is living on.
Obviously the company continues to thrive, with last year’s fourth quarter raking in record iPhone sales and a new retail store opening in Grand Central Station in New York City.
Notably different, though, are the spectacles for new product launches. New CEO Tim Cook has a more subdued approach, and does not carry the same kind of “I’m always right” attitude as Jobs.
Of course no one will ever be able to replace Jobs, but for this day everyone can think about what it would be like if he were still here.
Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer that allowed him to live and be treated for several years, but was ultimately incurable.
He had a liver transplant in 2009 and seemed to get better, bringing enthusiasm to the stage for Apple’s many extremely important announcements and innovations last year.
But either it was all a facade or the cancer worsened, as in 2011 Jobs took months of medical leave and then ultimately left his post just months before his untimely death.
The death certificate released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department noted that Jobs had a pancreatic tumor since 2006.
There was no autopsy, and Jobs died at his home in California, not at a hospital or hospice facility.
After his death, the flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan became decorated with flowers, cards, notes, and every manner of Apple gadgets and accessories. A dedicated Apple Store employee was tasked with guiding well-wishers to the appropriate spot to place their treasured memories.
It was a global response the likes of which had never been seen before, certainly not for someone who simply held the title of a company CEO.