No Quick App for Apple’s Mr Fixit: How Steve Jobs Inspires Diabetics
STEVE Jobs, the 56-year-old who co-founded and led a world revolution in communications with Apple Corp and then introduced the IPod and IPhone has quit as head of the world’s most successful company.
Thousands of column inches will be written of the man who: left college to become co-founder of a computer giant in a Silicon Valley garage; left the company and later returned to head up the ailing company’s new found success.
He will stay linked to Apple as Chairman of the Board.
Seven years ago the Apple Chief Tech Wizard was faced with his most awesome challenge and announced he had pancreatic cancer. He took sick leave and Apple shares plunged. Steve Jobs returned and scared the investors even more with his gaunt appearance. The I-Series was introduced with the progressively thinner and clearly very ill Jobs fronting up each technical improvement and new product announcement.
Apple’s stock market position waxed and waned with Job’s appearances and health bulletins and in 2009 he announced he now had liver cancer and a transplant was rumoured. He had recently announced another year long sick leave but has had to face up to his own mortality and announced the decision to quit. The tragedy is he has quit because he is not ahead of the game.
The man’s work speaks for itself and he changed the way we all live our lives. Apps and smart phones were all part of the drive to link us all.
Pancreatic and liver conditions are the most painful it possible to have. Jobs has never confirmed the condition but pancreatic cancers almost always end up with the worst nightmare of all, a remaining life spent dependent on insulin. The biliary ducts interconnect with liver, pancreas, gall bladder and spleen. Cancer there is the biggest of all Big C’s.
It was never the man’s technical skills which truly impressed. His bravery and stoicism made his star shine brighter than most. He faced up to the greatest personal challenge and got on with his role and was not afraid to show the agonies he was tackling.
He has been an inspirational example in every diabetic clinic and biliary surgical unit the world over. That alone is worth mention of a life lived to the very fullest.
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 1984 file photo, Steve Jobs, chairman of the board of Apple Computer, leans on the new Macintosh personal computer following a shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, Ca. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. It said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)