Steve Jobs is missed, but Apple’s stronger now than a year ago, analysts say

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Computerworld

A year after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death, the company has changed, analysts said today. Oh, no it hasn’t, said others.

There’s no question that in the 12 months since Jobs’ death on Oct. 5, 2011, Apple has remained a powerhouse — some would hazard thepowerhouse — in technology.

Yesterday, Apple’s share price closed at $666.80, 79% above its price one year ago today. Revenue for the second quarter — the most recent earnings reported by Apple — was $35 billion, up 23% from the same quarter in 2011. And in the quarter ending June 30, 2012, Apple sold a record 17 million iPads, the tablet that Jobs himself introduced in January 2010.

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