@David: Are you a secular saint? Have not you any time took opportunity to get lower price product / service from China/India or elsewhere? If you do not prevaricate, do you have rigth to doubt achievements of Setve? To me this looks like oppotunist writing.
Now that Steve Jobs is no more with us , we should be concentrating more on his legacy, i.e. Apple.
We should also remember that Apple did survive those years (1986-1996) when Steve was not part of Apple.
The stock value of Apple remaining at a high even after Steve's exit from this world is an indicator that the people now have the faith in the company "APPLE" to continue to deliver innovative and premium products in the consumer electronics space.
In the minds of millions of people , Steve will still remain as an icon and his death at the time when Apple has been on the top of the world will make sure that he will also remain at that height where humans are treated like gods, no matter what happens to Apple in the future.
@David I agree with you about the deification of a person with many failings that we saw happen with Steve Jobs. No one is all good, of course, no matter how much success he may have achieved or how much charisma he exudes.
This is an excellent article, and I'm glad to see there is somebody else out there who is thinking like I do. Not to be critical of somebody who has passed and can't defend himself, but there were many things Job's did that were overlooked because of the mighty dollar and the worlds love of anything with a little apple as it's logo. I feel that in the future, there will be more people speaking out about Apple and how they became so powerful, sometimes at the expense of American workers.
It is always healthy to hear opposing views and yours is certainly in a different vein from the many postings since the demise of Jobs. That said it is absolutely phenomenal what Apple (notice I never said Jobs) has achieved in terms of company growth and value. I do agree however that is must be nigh on impossible to maintain.
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