I got notice from my iPhone earlier this week that someone simply wrote “Oh No” on my Facebook wall with an attached link. I opened my MacBook to find that my best friend had posted an article that left me stunned.
Steve Jobs, the man I practically campaigned for to be Emperor of the New Technological World, stepped down from the company that defined my generation and changed the way everyone else listened to music.
My heart dropped, then after my stomach turned, I was soon fuming like a spoiled brat who was told he could have no more new toys. I silenced the BBC from on my iPad, turned off Radiohead from my iPod and slammed my MacBook Pro shut (although they close so smoothly, how great).
The Apple era is over, surely. Now what new products will I obsess over that I hardly need?
And let's be honest, how many iPhones can there actually be before we get sick of them? I’m going to say five is the max. Otherwise you start to sound like a Land Before Time series.
Three minutes later, I regained my senses. Yes Steve Jobs stepping down is a huge loss for Apple-obsessed psychos like myself, Silicon Valley and every modern nation on the planet, but what better time for the guy to get out?
Sure it was due to health problems, but when you are at the top the only place to go is down, right? I suppose I would probably do the same.
Especially since a few days ago it was announced that Sprint would get the iPhone 5. SPRINT?! Apple may as well let the Cricket network have it too.
And let's be honest, how many iPhones can there actually be before we get sick of them? I’m going to say five is the max. Otherwise you start to sound like a Land Before Time series. iPhone 9, iPhone 13, iPhone 72?
Who knows, maybe iPhone 16 will be as popular as the iPhone 4? And maybe every person in the world will have one, that’s fine. I just hope the Apple Empire doesn’t crash and burn, but with Jobs still attached to the company as a board member for the next two years, I doubt it will anytime soon.
I do know this though. Jobs transformed the way I — and millions of others — communicate. He is the greatest entrepreneur/inventor/visionary of modern America, and has paved the way for COO turned CEO Tim Cook to bring us into the futuristic realm as portrayed in movies like Minority Report and I, Robot.
I had always told my friends, “I’m a sucker for anything Steve Jobs puts out on the market. It’s weird, I have to have everything.” As long as Cook can keep consumers happy with an abundance of products we never knew we needed, Apple will not lose its followers and all will be right with the world.
Derek Thompson of The Atlantic put Job’s Apple revolution into words best, “If all art is theft, Jobs’ genius came from being the smartest chisel, not just the mallet on the block of marble.”