Steve Jobs’ Legacy At Apple: Everything You Need to Know
Now that Steve Jobs has resigned the Apple CEO post, what is Jobs’ legacy at Apple? The VAR Guy could write a few chapters on that topic. But sometimes less is more. So let’s boil down Jobs’ legacy to a few dramatic numbers…
Let’s skip Jobs’ first tour of duty and fast forward to his return to Apple (following Apple’s buyout of NeXT). Among the factoids worth noting:
- When Jobs returned to Apple as a consultant in 1997, Apple’s annual revenues were $7.08 billion.
- By 2010, Apple’s annual revenues hit $65.23 billion.
- And in the first half of 2011, Apple’s revenues were $53.24 billion.
- Plus, Apple’s stock has risen from $4.15 in 1997 to $376.18 on August 24, 20111.
- Within those incredible numbers are multiple technology waves — the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad…
Despite Apple’s occasional disregard for channel partners, Jobs has rewarded Apple shareholders and customers handsomely. But admittedly, the numbers don’t communicate Jobs’ creative and business genius — both at Apple and at Pixar. As some pundits have said in recent hours, Jobs is one part Walt Disney, one part Henry Ford. That’s all The VAR Guy has to say about that.