Without Jobs, Apple's gap with rivals could narrow

SEOUL - The death of Apple's inspirational leader is likely to have a deep impact on the maker of the iPod, iPhone and iPad, giving major rivals a greater chance to catch up with the technology giant.
Steve Jobs's creative spirit was so closely tied to the fortunes of Apple that his death at 56 raises questions about the company's ability to keep its pipeline of transformational products running at such a fast pace.
"As a technology analyst, I am sorry for his death. It was Jobs's Apple, not Apple's Jobs," said Kim Young-chan, an analyst at Shinhan Investment in Seoul.
The CEOs of rivals including Samsung Electronics , Amazon , Google and Sony mourned the death of Jobs, a sign of the respect they held for the Silicon Valley legend.
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