But a thought has occurred to me since the death of Steve Jobs.
Since Steve Jobs is dead, is it safe to ignore the iPhone?
It seems a strange question to ask, even to me, but consider this:
When Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple, the company almost sank. It took Jobs coming back and bringing his vision and direction to the company to make it the powerhouse it is today.
Now that vision is gone and I know of no heir apparent that has the drive Steve apparently did, though I would not be surprised if someone with better knowledge of the insides of Apple could tell me otherwise.
Even if there was an heir apparent, would they be able to lead with the success Steve Jobs had?
Yet, even without Steve Jobs, Apple has a long way to fall before it would be irrelevant. Unlike in 1985, Apple is much better positioned now than it has been at any other time in its history. So, even if Apple ends up just flapping in the breeze, even in the fast-paced world of tech, it will be a long time before mobile application developers can possible ignore the iPhone.
Still, it will be interesting to see what happens to Apple next.