None of this is to say that Apple has been a pleasant company to handle, internally or externally, with Steve Jobs at the helm. Apple has always been run like sophisticated dictatorship. Meeting rooms are swept for electronic bugs before people sit down to talk, employees work under constant fear of Jobs, and let's not even mention the number of petty lawsuits the company has inflicted on its competitors.
Regardless, without Apple's iPhone, where would Android be? Android has always been the anti-iPhone. Proudly open where Apple has been closed, targeting the masses instead of the elites, Android wouldn't exist without Apple. Whether or not you appreciate the products Apple produces, you can't deny the singular influence this one man has had over an entire industry. Today and in the future, Android and Google might very well pick up a few points in the stock market, but over the long term, we may be losing a key competitor who, like it or not, forced Android to be more innovative.
We may lament the constant lawsuits, but Apple has lit a fire under the ass of every smartphone manufacturer, and the people who've benefited most from this competition the most have been smartphone consumers like us.
Goodbye, Steve Jobs. Android will miss you, too.
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