One year ago, on Oct 5th, 2011, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. Today, Apple pays tribute to the one-of-a-kind visionary with a heartfelt video eulogy on its homepage and a letter from Tim Cook.
Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.
The video plays automatically the moment you visit apple.com and shows a series of slides with Jobs through the years introducing various Apple products, including the iPhone, iPod, iMac and Macbook Air.
At the time of his death, many speculated on how his departure would impact the company’s financial outlook. Apple’s stock price was at $378 a year ago, and today Apple’s stock sits at $660 a share. With the release of the iPhone 4S, iPad 3 and iPhone 5 since Steve’s passing (not to mention Tim Cook’s steady guidance), Apple has not only been able to beat all expectations, but also become the most valuable company in history in the process.
But without Steve Jobs’ leadership and vision during the late 90′s and past decade, Apple would likely never have become the company it is today – meaning no iPhones, iPads and great Mac computers.
Here’s the video tribute from Apple.com.