(CNN) — One year ago today, the world paused as Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away.
The company moved into the hands of an Apple veteran – Tim Cook, but some still wondered if Apple could survive without its visionary leader
One year after the death of Jobs, the company continues to shine.
Not everyone was sure what would happen when news of his death broke on October 5, 2011, but it’s proved to be an extraordinary year for the tech giant, and you can thank CEO Tim Cook for that.
Look at some of the milestones hit over the past year: Apple shares are up nearly 80 percent.
That’s a clear sign that investors are confident in the CEO, who has worked at Apple for 14 years.
Shares recently topped $700.
The company’s market cap hit $400 billion, $500 billion, and $600 billion dollars this year.
All that, while the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the new iPad broke sales records in their opening days.
But remember, Cook took over a company that was already in a strong position.
Still, he has put his own distinct stamp on Apple. Insiders say there’s a different feel at the company.
It’s taken on some characteristics of Tim Cook – more relaxed & approachable & open, but keep in mind, Cook isn’t an inventor like Jobs was.
So product-wise, he may need to prove himself.
Most of the gadgets launched over the past year started under Steve Jobs.
So the big question going forward is, can Cook put out ground-breaking products like Jobs did?