Weigh that for a second. Steve Jobs, the face of Apple during its most prosperous years, is dead. Gone are the trademark semi-excited keynote speeches. Gone is the thick black turtleneck. Gone is the innovation and creativity that Mr. Jobs brought to the table wherever he went. Whether it was Apple or Pixar or any number of smaller projects he worked on, he was a boon to every industry he touched. His vision of a world where music was bought online and computers were designed with a user in mind was one that polarized people. But whether you’re a Mac fanboy or a PC purist, you can’t deny the effect the man has had on the industry at large.
When Steve Jobs stepped down earlier this year, it was reportedly to spend more time with his family. Now, that’s code for a lot of things, and in this case, dying was one of them. There is no doubt that Steve Jobs knew his time was short. He stepped down so he could spend his last months with some dignity. His loss will be felt, but the industry will move on. So let’s all take some time to mourn the passing of an industry luminary and a great man.