Steve Jobs: will he be missed?

Summary:You've likely heard that Steve Jobs has stepped down as lord and master of the iCult. In this week's Nerdcam, we reflect and ask the multibillion-dollar question: will Steve Jobs be missed?

You've likely heard that Steve Jobs has stepped down as lord and master of the iCult. In this week's Nerdcam, we reflect and ask the multibillion-dollar question: will Steve Jobs be missed?

Jobs' crowning achievement came from "reinventing" the music player, with the release of the iPod. It made digital music a reality, and set the stage for future innovations.

His lauded second album, the iPhone, was also nothing short of spectacular. It took the smartphone beyond the boardroom and the sales team, and gave consumers access to everything they never knew they needed.

And then there was the iPad. A product that led the resurgence of an entire market, and spawned scores of devices in its wake. All of these innovations playing out as the ongoing evolution of the iMac and MacBook shored up Apple's position in the computer market.

By his fans, Steve Jobs will certainly be missed, considering that he put so much of himself into the products that people have spent years camping outside of stores for.

But as consumers mourn the abdication of the Apple throne, the company's competitors can make out the faint sound in the distance of a trumpet. This trumpet call is set to get louder and louder, and will be heard far and wide by every technology manufacturer who has tried and failed to knock Apple from its arrogant perch for the last decade. This trumpet will call them back to war.

I can tell you exactly how it went down when Jobs resigned at the offices of its competitors: there were likely cheers and celebrations as the enemy's key general took his leave.

Steve Jobs won't be missed by the competition, because now there's no excuse for a lack of innovation. No more "Apple did it first", no more "this is like that Apple product we saw six months ago".

That's right, Apple enemies. It's time to go to war.

Watch the video for a look inside the celebrations.

Topics: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mobility

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A fresh recruit onto the tech journalism battlefield, Luke Hopewell is eager to see some action. After a tour of duty in the belly of the Telstra beast, he is keen to report big stories on the enterprise beat. Drawing on past experience in radio, print and magazine, he plans to ask all the tough questions you want answered.

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