The iPhone 5 was said to be Steve's last great design, one in which he poured over every detail shortly up until his passing. I'm sure that if Steve were still alive today, we wouldn't have had the problems with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Maps that we are seeing today. Steve was an adamant perfectionist, even to a fault. He was known to be brash, even making people cry in his eternal pursuit of perfection.
Fortune hasn't been all bad for Apple, at the time of Steve's death last October, Apple's (AAPL) stock value was $378.75. In the last year Apple has become the world's most valuable company and at the end of closing yesterday, stock had risen over the last year to $665, an increase of almost 75%. Where they go from here is anybody's guess, hopefully the spirit of Steve will shine alive and brightly, inspiring Apple to continue to deliver the flawless products we've come to know and love.
A message from Tim Cook, Apple's CEO
Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us.
I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many
ways he make the world a better place.
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever
inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated
from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the
great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our
customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road.
It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for.