Steve Jobs

One year ago today, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away from cancer at the age of 56.

Despite his physical absence from the tech market, his legacy lives on in tech markets well beyond consumer hardware. Whether you use Apple products or not, if you work on the Web, your business has almost certainly been impacted by Jobs.

More than anything else, Jobs was instrumental in liberating the Internet from the desktop. The introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, and the iOS mobile operating system, opened the floodgates for mobile app development.

Mobile apps, as you probably already know, are set to radically change the gaming industry in the years to come.

Whether bettors are wagering from their own smartphones or on a tablet on the casino floor at the Venetian, Jobs’ vision for portable consumer technology helped make that action happen.

Jobs and Google

Between developing the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple became one of the most successful companies in the world. That kind of success doesn’t go unnoticed and Google, ever the imitator, has taken great pains to keep up with Apple.

Google’s Android operating System was also released in 2007 with the first Android handset hitting the market in 2008. Since then, Android has become the most popular mobile OS in the world.

To say that mobile is changing Internet marketing and SEO is a bit of an understatement. Smart phone and tablet Internet users will outnumber desktop users sometime in 2013 and that’s a big part of the Jobs’ legacy.

What do you think Jobs’ impact on online marketing was? Share your opinion in the comments section below.


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