I became adult when Steve mad Apple II. My neighboors, engineers, had one. It was something fantastic, but unreachable for me then. Then it was Macintosh. I went to the Norwegian launch with Tandberg – I was shaken.
In my job I had to use Windows, but followed Steve all along. I even sold Mackintoshes in the late eighties in Hamar.
The next big think was Newton. Oh how I loved reading about that gadget. I clearly thought it was the next big thing. It wasn't, and it was. For I consider iPhone as a Newton. And finally, with iPod and iPhone 3, I got on the Apple track again. And witnessing Apple's 10 years journey from iPod to iPad has been witnessing history unfolding before my eyes.
Just compare the ignorance and bullying from Apple competitors and the tech press, when the iPad was launched last January with today. Some days ago HP admitted that the same iPad had made then drop out of tablets and phones and wanting to sell their PC division. And Acer lost $7 Billion in Q2.
Steve has defined and brought us the Post-PC era, where specialists will use the "trucks", the PCs, and normal people will use iPads and smartphones.
Steve, you've guided, led and entertained us in an incredible journey, from the mainframe era, throught the PC and into the Post-PC era.
And if I know you right, Apple is just now hard working on another revolutionary product together with you.
I wish you the best in the time coming! Love from Norway!
General Ledger Visionary