Losing your icon

WOE IS Apple. Steve Jobs has finally given up the chief executive's role and the company will never be the same again.

To read many of the commentaries in the press, however, you would think the company that brought us some of the most successful consumer products of all time stands on the edge of disaster after the iconic Jobs stood down from running the business. Can Apple still produce game-changing products like the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad? Will it remain a centre of innovation and creativity? Will core values aimed at producing the highest-quality products remain unscathed?

Many drew parallels with the departures of other iconic CEOs ­- Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Walt Disney - and suggested darkly that those companies were never the same again once their leaders had gone. Read more.