Yesterday, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but will continue to have influence at the company as Chairman of the Board of Directors. His announcement was sad and shocking, though highly anticipated. My sincere hope is that he will beat the odds and recover some day. Miracles do happen.
Jobs’ genius extends from tech to design, innovation, marketing, development, management and presentations. The iPod, iPhone and iPad not only have become best sellers in their categories, they have also brought mass appeal to consumers. MP3 players, smartphones and tablets existed before Apple launched their devices. But widespread consumer adoption occurred only when Apple entered these markets. Jobs has succeeded not only in brilliant innovation, but in making personal technology appealing to the general public. Few products instill fervor in consumers as Apple products do.
With all of the impact Jobs has had on the consumer technology market, his biggest contribution has been his introduction of devices that are sophisticated enough to satisfy the appetites of techies, while being intuitive enough for everyday people to enjoy.
His genius was believing in the wonder of tech and making us believe in it too.
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