Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, the man who brought the world its most popular phone, tablet and virtual record store died on Wednesday at the age of 56. The main page of apple.com displays a black-and-white photo of the IT-genius and the years of his life – 1955-2011.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Steve Jobs said during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an incredible human being,” the company stated. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
His wife Laurene and other family members were staying with Mr. Jobs during the last minutes of his life.
Steve Jobs passed away the next day after the presentation of Apple’s new line of products. It was the first time, when Apple’s founder did not attend the presentation, which became a huge disappointment for the fans of the company. Without Jobs, the presentation was not as successful as they were before. Many people claimed that rather than unveiling the new iPhone 5, the corporation presented an updated version of last-year’s innovation. It did not even occur to anyone that Steve Jobs was at the point of death.
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement praising Jobs as one of the greatest American innovators who has brought joy to millions.
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it,” Obama said.
“By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun,” he added.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote:
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you…”
Jobs’ longtime rival, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said:
“Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.”
RIA Novosti reports:
“The world rarely hardly sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
Twitter erupted with a fast-moving stream of emotional reactions, and the hashtags #ThankYouSteve, RIP Steve Jobs and Only 56 became trending topics within hours. The online community also created hashtags #iDead, #iHeaven, #iClouds and #iSad – similar to names of Apple’s iconic products.
The Wall Street Journal