I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the lasting impact that Steve Jobs made not only on personal computing and communications but also on how human beings interact with each other and their electronic devices. His real genius lay in the relentless pursuit of perfection and desire to make product design and innovation as user friendly as possible.
I believe that Steve Jobs' influence in designing the iPod, iPhone and iPad had an immense impact on the growth and influence of touch technologies used in electronic devices of all types. Prior to the release of the iPad, the tablet market was confined to relative niche market segments and the continued promises of "explosive future growth" that really never materialized, at least living up to the hype heaped upon it. Post iPad, the market for tablets has reached the mainstream status, with unit volumes in the millions, that was long since projected by Analysts galore.
VDC's touch screen displays research revealed Apple's reliance on projective capacitive technology and its unique multi-touch product designs and application development led to an explosion in demand for all types of electronic devices, typically mobile devices, that offered the intuitive benefits of a touch interface. Apple's development of multi-touch projective capacity design was truly a game changer and brought demand for touch interfaces to a new level.
Word has it that Steve Jobs decided to drop out of college, found a job and then went in search of his true purpose in life by climbing the Himalayas and meditating in search of truth and meaning. I am not sure if he found Nirvana but it certainly seems Steve Jobs found his true purpose in life and we are all better off for it. Steve Jobs may you rest in eternal peace.