Life after Jobs: The Challenge Ahead for Apple
The death of Steve Jobs poses an interesting light on the tricky challenge that lies ahead for Apple.
October 6, 2011 8:54 by Eva Fernandes
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” These were the words US President Barack Obama chose to commemorate the passing away of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
President Obama is not alone in his sentiments, judging by the live pulse of condolences streaming through on social media, Job’s death has had an impact on many Apple enthusiasts.
Among the regular RIP messages, this video of Steve Job’s inspiring commencement talk at Standford University, titled “How to live before you die” is making the rounds, for good reason.
Many analysts have speculated how the loss of Apple’s founder and visionary will impact Apple. The almost destabilising effect Job’s absence had on the Apple’s shares were evident earlier on this year, as Jobs battled with his illness and took a temporary break and then finally resigned this August, when shares dropped by almost 7 percent.
The current challenge facing Apple, to exceed expectations with Jobs-ean ground-breaking innovations in technology, is indeed a mighty one for current Apple CEO Tim Cook. And given the disappointment of the much anticipated announcement of the Apple iPhone 5—now Apple4s—caused for Apple enthusiasts around the globe, we dare say the company has their work cut out for them.
According to reports, stock markets around the world showed little sentiment to the death of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. Although it may be a matter time before we see a real wave of change, there is speculation that investors are moving over to Apple’s competitors, with some having little regard for now CEO Tim Cook being able to carry the baton at Apple the way Steve Jobs did.
Meanwhile, the tech wars continue as Samsung battles to ban the iPhone4s in Italy and France.
The first big news out of Apple will be crucial and set a precedent for the rest of Apple history. Will it be just another Body Shop without Anita Roddick? Or does it have the capacity to endure a life without Steve Jobs?
Here’s one of our previous posts about the world’s most iconic CEOs, with Jobs at the helm: