Great founders are not always available to guide, guard and grow their company forever. There would be a time when they will be leaving.
Such happened with Sony (post Akio Morita era), such happened with IBM (post Watson era), such happened with Microsoft (post Bill Gates era).
At the end, the greatest legacy of a company founder is probably the company, the brand, the team, and the value system that they imprint into the company's DNA.
After the founder eventually gone, the team will then continue to enlive the company DNA forever.
In retrospect to that, Apple today might initiate the key transition from Steve Jobs era to the "next generation's" era. As witnessed in their latest presentation session last October 14, it is no longer Steve Jobs only that appear solo on stage, instead the Apple team start taking the stage forward, and explaining about the product and represent the brand.
Of course their collective pitch is not be as sound as when Steve Jobs himself pitch the product. Nevertheless, Apple seem to think that such important transition had to happen. And the world start to witness it from now.
Take a look at the photo above, and notice that it is not only Steve Jobs who appear on stage today to talk about the product and represent the Apple brand. Instead, it is the Apple team that is now goes on stage, and perform the key act, while Steve fill-in somewhere in between, or sometime a bit at the "background".
Might Steve Jobs leaving Apple (soon)? We don't know. But surely we'll miss his great pitch and persona, and his awesome resonating brand.