The technology industry lost perhaps its most well-known figurehead this week, with the passing of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, aged 56.
The exact cause of death is still yet to be made public, but Jobs’ health battles have been well documented since he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in mid-2004 (he was given six months to live).
Tributes have flowed, including messages from other industry heavyweights including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, and many have wondered what the future now holds for Apple. Despite his success, Jobs was a private man who rarely gave interviews, and although the long-awaited biography will be available later this month, for now the most enlightening insight into his personality is perhaps his famous Stanford University Commencement address from 2005, which you can read or watch here.
Of course, Apple also launched the iPhone 4S this week, disappointing many who were hoping for a more radically different iPhone 5, but still giving fans plenty to talk about, most notably an advanced voice control tool called Siri. Samsung leapt straight onto the unveiling, promising to seek injunctions on the iPhone 4S in France and Germany, as part of the continued patent dispute between the companies (Apple earlier in the week rejected an offer from Samsung that would have allowed the Korean company to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia).
There was some Apple news in New Zealand this week, too, with two suppliers, Gen-i and Cyclone Computers, winning contracts to supply Apple products to the All-of-Government procurement panel. The deals promise to be highly gainful, with the panel advising 219 government agencies, 78 councils and 2500 schools around New Zealand.
Finally, in non-Apple news, Google has delicately (possibly accidentally) named the date it will release its latest Android refresh, codenamed Android Ice Cream Sandwich. On Friday a placeholder video was posted on the Android developers’ YouTube page, giving a five-day countdown to a live video broadcast under the title ‘Android ICS Launch’. The event has since been removed, but the date makes sense, seeing as it coincides with Samsung’s Unpacked event, where the new Nexus Prime smartphone is expected to debut.
Have a good weekend, everyone – we’ll leave you with one of our favourite Steve Jobs quotes:
"I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
"You’ve got to find what you love.”