I just watched a short CNN storyline. A huge loss for the tech world. He was certainly a tech prodigy and will be sadly missed. Apple will suffer from this loss...
I have an iPhone and a couple iPods. Fabulous products IMHO.
Steve Jobs had little impact on any kind of invention--Apple isn't particularly innovative and just sells crap that other people invented.
That happens to be a big thing.
I've seen tons of technology come and go in my time. In fact, a lot of Apple's products are technology that failed. Smart phones? the iPhone sucks; i had an iPaq PDA with Microsoft PocketPC 6, phenomenal handwriting recognition ... you could open PocketWord, sit down, and just write, and write... write 50 page reports, write novels, whatever ... on a 3 inch screen. One day they shoved a cell phone chip into it and called it a "Smart Phone."
There was no 3G.
Palm's stuff flopped. Blackberry would be the pathetic state of the art FOREVER if Apple didn't break into the market with the iPhone. Google Android wouldn't have come about as a response. I'm still confused about the industry's vocal and obvious attempt to get rid of the stylus (the first statement directly of this I saw was Samsung's), as I find it both immediately useful for high-accuracy applications (stylus typing is faster than finger typing on 3.5 inch screen keyboards) and important for handwriting recognition input (which PocketPC 6 did phenomenally circa 1998).
Tablets ... remember in 2001, Windows Tablet Edition... laptops with swivel screens ... a complete flop. Again, with phenomenal handwriting recognition. The iPad did it 10 years later ... again, with 3G connectivity; wifi wasn't big back then, much less 3G. Laptops are still worthless in college, although every college student "needs a laptop" (it has to go with them to class, somehow ... something I haven't figured out yet).
The iPod showed up when MP3 players looked popular, but were really crappy. The technology would have peaked, then died off. Apple figured out how to leverage that perfectly.
And that's what Apple does.
That's what Steve Jobs was good at.
The tech industry tends to lock up a lot. There is so much technology that never makes it because businesses simply don't know how to leverage it. a lot of Apple's products are a step up, and a lot are a step down; but in pretty much all cases, Steve Jobs was pulling tech that was going nowhere and putting it in a shiny box in a form that was actually useful.
Steve Jobs drove the industry.
That's what he was good at.
Now we need a new one, and it's hard. It's hard because it's hard; and it's hard because whoever gets that job will be too busy trying to be Steve Jobs instead of trying to do what Steve Jobs did. If you are trying to emulate a person, you have no idea what you're doing; if you actually get it, you only have to be yourself.
Technology may stagnate for a while....