It was a year ago today when the most recognizable leader of the technology age passed away after a fight against cancer.
Steve Jobs died Oct. 5, 2011 as a result of complications from his pancreatic cancer. Following the announcement from Apple, tributes from admirers poured in around the world. Jobs’ own residence became so congested with grievers that a police presence was required. Around the world, from Beijing to New York, Apple Stores became makeshift mourning destinations for Apple fans who described Jobs vision and charisma as unique.
In a tribute posted today to Apple’s Web site, CEO Tim Cook reflects that his predecessor’s passing “was a sad and difficult time for all of us,” in in a written message. “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 orginated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Jobs’s voice can be heard in Apple’s tribute video. He quotes Wayne Gretzky on the importance of seeing “where the puck is going next” and speaks of the importance of marrying technology with the humanities to connect with people.
A year after Jobs’ death, Apple Inc. is the world’s most valuable company with a market cap of $617 billion. The recent iPhone 5 launch was the most successful smartphone launch by the company yet, in terms of setting sales records around the world, moving over 5 million units in the first 48 hours. That comes despite critcism the product did not come with significant changes compared to the previous model, and some glitches with Apple Maps software that evoked an apology from Cook.