Genius will be missed

A WEEK ago we said goodbye to Steve Jobs. For those who do not know who he was I can promise you that he has touched your life in many ways, from the commercialisation of the first personal computer to the mouse that you are using each and every day to interface with your computer.

Did you enjoy Toy Story? Well, he acquired and improved Pixar in 1995 and by producing Toy Story he put Pixar on the map as one of the top animation studios.

I think the products that he will be best remembered for are the iPhone and the iPad.

Both these products changed the way we consume content. Apple led the way and all the other manufacturers followed, and they are still following.

According to Wikipedia, as of 9 October, Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in 342 United States patents or patent applications related to a range of technologies from actual computer and portable devices to user interfaces (including touch-based), speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves and even lanyards.

We will still see innovations from Steve Jobs for more than five years. He has already laid out the development and enhancements of the iPad and iPhone for the next five years. Some of the technologies to be included have not been invented, but he has left the developers with years of new developments that they need to achieve and develop.

It is said that only about half of the technologies envisaged by him in the next five years already exist.

Jobs died on 5 October due to complications from a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

His genius will be missed.