This week marks the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. How has Apple fared since?\n\tWhile sales continue to pour in, thanks to Jobs' wonderful iCreations, his absence is being felt. With operations guru Tim Cook now running the show, it's become clear that Apple has lost itself.\n\tSymbolic of this ineptitude was the naming of the new iPad earlier this year. Instead of the "iPad 3," the committee that has become Apple \u2013 Jobs hated committees \u2013 decided to call the third-generation iPad, the New iPad. (Even trying to explain this in words is a tortured exercise.)\n\t"We don't want to be predictable," said Apple's global marketing chief Phil Schiller.\n\tForget being unpredictable. How about boring?\n\tThere has been little innovation out of Cupertino since Jobs. Instead of leading, Apple now follows everyone else's act. The bigger screen on the iPhone 5 is now the equivalent of many existing Android phones. The iPhone 5 now supports LTE, which some Android phones have been supporting for more than a year.\n\tBut the biggest difference between a Jobs-led Apple and a Cook-led one can be summed up in Apple Maps, the new map app built into iOS 6 that replaces Google Maps.\n\tApple Maps proved to be full of errors, which led to a quick apology from Cook, as if he was expecting a public backlash. In essence, Apple Maps is a beta product forced upon loyal iPhone customers \u2013 and Jobs never would have allowed this to happen because he had an obsession with perfection, almost to a fault.\n\tProducts struggled to get to market because Jobs would not give the green light until they were ready. He ended Apple's relationship with Macworld Expo because, in part, he did not want to be tied to a superficial product-release timetable.\n\tThe team that developed the ill-fated MobileMe, a lackluster service not up to Apple's standards, also felt the wrath of Jobs. In the spring of 2011, he unleashed a curse-laden tirade accusing the team of "tarnishing Apple's reputation."\n\tCan you imagine Apple Maps, with its faulty maps and misdirection, getting the green light under Jobs' watchful eye? I doubt Apple executives would have even presented it to him as a market-ready product.\n\tCook's apology is also very telling.\n\tFlash back to Jobs and the iPhone 4's antenna problem, dubbed Antennagate. As criticism grew, including a scathing report from Consumer Reports, Jobs and Apple remained silent until the problem reached a crescendo.\n\tJobs quickly called a press conference at Apple headquarters and gave a half-hearted mea culpa along with free "bumpers" that would fix the problem. He blasted the media for blowing the problem out of proportion. It was the height of hubris.\n\tBut Jobs' reaction underscores what he thought about the new iPhone 4 \u2013 his idea of a perfect product. Antennagate meant that he had missed something, which is why he was reluctant to admit it. At almost every iPhone and iPad unveiling, Jobs would say it's the most beautiful thing Apple has ever made.\n\tYou get the feeling Jobs really meant it; today's Apple executives say it as a punch line.\n\tWithin days of releasing Apple Maps, Cook issued an official apology. He said Apple Maps "fell short" of the quality Apple delivers. "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better," he conceded.\n\tWhether or not the brass at Apple knowingly released a beta product to the masses isn't clear. I wonder if Cook and his team weighed the fallout against the benefits of releasing Apple Maps too early. With Jobs at the helm, that question would have never been raised.\n\tApple, the biggest company in the world, has become just another peddler of consumer gadgets. It's operational eyes are firmly fixed on the bottom line, no longer on creating a beautiful product.\n\tA year after Jobs' death, it's painfully obvious the magician has left the building.