Apple without its core - The end of an era
On Wed 24th August Steve Jobs, 56 years old CEO and co-founder of Apple submitted his resignation in which he recommended Tim Cook, Apple COO, as his successor. Tim Cook has already been managing the company since January while Steve Jobs was on medical leave. Steve Jobs will continue to serve Apple in his new role as chairman of the Apple board.
This change is not surprising and is unlikely to have any significant impact in the short term with product road maps already planned and Steve Jobs in his role as chairman likely to remain actively involved. However in years to come will anyone be able to match the singular vision of product development and design of Steve Jobs which has made Apple so successful and their products so desirable?
What this event has done is give everyone reason to look back at the one of the most successful and extraordinary careers in the technology industry. Steve Jobs practically began the personal computer industry and in more recent years has reshaped the mobile phone, music, movie and animation businesses. Here are some of the key moments along the way:
1969 Steve Jobs meets Steve Wozniak.
1975 Steve and Woz start assembling Apple I computers in the Jobs' garage, and sell them to hobbyists.
1976 Apple Computer Inc. is incorporated by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne.
1977 Apple makes a huge sensation at the West Coast Computer Faire with a prototype Apple II.
1978 The Apple II becomes the first mass-market personal computer, a huge hit all around the US.
At Apple, work starts on Apple III and Lisa
1979 Steve Jobs is shown the first working graphical user interface at Xerox PARC.
1980 Apple goes public, increasing Steve Jobs' net worth to over $200