People may love or hate Apple. But one thing that everyone can agree on is that Steve Jobs was a visionary.
He may have lead the way with Apple products but everyone else is trying to keep up. Touch screen technology on phones is now seen almost as standard, and I was working in the industry in the last 10 years when colours screens and cameras first came in a the new innovation. We know think nothing of reading our books on electronic books, they started with the iBooks.
The iPad has lead the way to tablet technologies. Items the size of books that I know that one of my heroes Douglas Adams would have loved to own, it really is the realisation of his internet connected Hitchhikers Guide. The fact that Douglas was a Mac fan means I'm sure he and Steve Jobs would have got on like a house on fire.
Maybe they will now, in this the week that H2G2 is returning to ownership of those who love and understand Douglas and away from the BBC.
Because sadly today Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer. Jobs had managed to survive seven years with the Pancreatic Cancer that he was diagnosed with in 2004. Therefore in the time he was ill he came up with the final concepts of the iPhone and iPad and moved on the iPod from its 2001 launch into something that is now included in phones and tablets and therefore is an obsolete Apple technology less than 10 years after launch as it is now integral in so much more.
The energy and enthusiasm of the guy was behind the way that Apple launched new products. It was a demonstration of what was offer not by some underling but the CEO, something that Tim Cook who took over when Jobs resigned in August did only yesterday with the iCloud launching next week though it was Phil Schiller who presented the iPhone 4S and the Siri voice activation software*.
Tim Cook was left yesterday to say that Apple was a family of products that were to work seamlessly together. However, the thread that for so long tied that connectivity of function and vision has sadly passed on today.
See also The BBC's Obituary
Stephen Paul "Steve" Jobs entrepreneur and inventor February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011
* As an ex-Motorola employee Apple playing catch up there ;-)