The passing away of Steve Jobs was a bit of a shocker for many of us yesterday evening, as the news spread far and wide over the Internet and through all media outlets. It is hard to believe one of the founding creators of Apple is simply gone now.
Steve Jobs only recently had stepped down as the CEO of Apple back in August 2011 and sadly this had people speculating that the end was drawing near for Steve and his life. Then on October 4th, Apple announces the coming of their latest iPhone and that it will be called the iPhone 4s. Not the much-anticipated iPhone 5 that everyone was hoping for.
If that was not a let down in itself, the following day Apple informs us that Steve Jobs has lost his battle with Cancer. Now the news of the iPhone 4s and the fact that the iPhone 5 is not coming out is not important really.
For what ever reason it is, this never-ending fandom amongst us, that draws lines between the masses in favor of Macs over Windows or the iPhone over Android or Windows Phone 7, seems rather small and unimportant now.
The truth is no mater what platform or device someone is using, Steve Jobs has had a huge hand in bring that to us. Competition between these camps has helped drive and push us to where we are today. Each side has tried to one up each other and stolen ideas from each other, but in the end we can thank Steve Jobs for the vision and creativity he brought to Apple and for many of the things we enjoy today.
Just because I like a PC, a Zune, or a Windows Phone 7 device, doesn’t mean I hate of dislike things created by Apple. In an interview Steve Jobs pretty much spelled things out where Apple was concerned and they would not produce a cheap product and they pretty much have a nice price point to go with most of the things they offer. The cost alone is more and likely the reason I’ve never purchased a Mac for myself. So it’s not so much that I don’t care for a Mac, I just can’t really afford them.
The music industry has changed drastically all thanks to Steve Jobs creation of the iPod and iTunes. The days of buying physical media such as music CDs has gone by the wayside. We now carry around these portable music players that store thousands upon thousands of our songs.
I prefer the Zune player and offerings myself, but it would not be possible or have come about really if it wasn’t for the vision and creative Steve Jobs brought to the world. Does it mean one is better than the other? Does it really even matter?
What’s sad is very creative visionary is no longer with us. Someone that pushed us to the limits and kept raising the bar. Sadly that spark of creativity has gone out now and someone will need to step up and try to provide what Steve Jobs brought to all of us.
I might not own any Apple products, but I do admire what they create and provide to people and I do feel they have helped drive so many of us in this digital age. The world is a better place in a lot of ways, all thanks to Steve Jobs.