He’s gone. Apple’s iconic leader, Steve Jobs, removed by what he called life’s change agent, death. What’s next?
I doesn’t matter. Time will tell. Apple is likely to do well for quite some time. The management team is seasoned, experienced, capable, and they’re educated, to some extent, in Jobs’ way.
Steve Jobs last appearance a few months ago brought an obviously ailing executive to the stage once again, for one last one more thing. Another product, evolutionary perhaps, but worthy of his heritage and legacy.
I remember watching the video presentation on my Mac later that night and thinking that show must be a last hurrah. His eyes were full of energy, but the body was not. Various photos of the event, destined to be his last, popped up online the next day, and one particularly poignant moment was captured by a photographer.
One picture tells a story of a thousand words.
Steve Jobs embraced his wife Laurene after the presentation in a tender exchange that cries out, ‘That’s all I can do, honey. Let’s go home.’ He must have known the end was near. Weeks later he stepped down as Apple CEO, and mere weeks after that he passed away.
A thousand words? Indeed.