Today marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing and to commemorate the occasion Apple has updated its website with a video tribute to its late co-founder and CEO. "Remembering Steve" presents a slideshow highlighting some iconic moments and famous quotes from Jobs’ time at Apple, including the launch of the iMac and iPod, which would set the stage for perhaps the greatest turnaround in corporate history.
Along with the two-minute video there’s a letter from Tim Cook, who replaced Jobs as CEO after he stepped down in August 2011, describing Jobs’ death as a sad and difficult time as well as reflecting on how he touched people’s lives: “One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.”
Jobs died at age 56 on October 5, 2011, a day earlier the iPhone 4S was announced, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Although some things have changed with Cook at the helm -- Apple paid dividends for the first time in 17 years and has been more open about the labor conditions at its supplier plants in China, to name a couple -- plenty remains the same. And that’s a good thing. Apple is still the most valuable public company in the world, it operates as efficiently as ever, and people are still buying their products in droves.
This week we’ve seen a number of stories commemorating Jobs’ life as the one-year anniversary of his death came closer, including Forbes’ recollection of untold stories from friends and colleagues, and a piece by Wired comparing Jobs with history’s greatest engineers and industrialists Nikola Tesla and Henry Ford.
Whether you are an Apple fan or not, it’s hard to deny Jobs is one of the most iconic leaders in the history of our industry. As the company’s famous ad proclaims regarding the ‘crazy’ ones, “You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.”