Steven Levy reflects upon Steve’s absence at this year’s AllThingsD conference, the first without him since last October:
“After all, the D conference was the only non-Apple event where the late Apple CEO deigned to appear. He was on stage for six of the previous nine iterations, including a legendary co-appearance with Bill Gates in 2007. You can even argue that this is the conference that Steve built: A key reason that the then-unfamiliar contender for the hotly competitive conference dollar became a must-attend event was the announcement of Jobs’ presence….it seems that almost every session has some reminder of the man who isn’t here.”
I didn’t consider that D was the only non-Apple event that Jobs would regularly attend, but it’s true. With all respect to Tim Cook, I’ll say that Steve’s absence will be obvious for a long time.