Today is the day that the world became a slightly lesser place.
Today is the day that people across the world mourned the death of a genius, a legend.
Today is the day that Steve Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer, after battling the disease for seven years, surrounded by his family, aged 56.
As a community of people enthralled by Apple, we mourned as one.
Steve Jobs was a visionary, a genius, who changed the way that people live and communicate with each other.
Steven Spielberg had it right when he said this “Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.”
The man had many achievements: through Apple’s Macintosh computer, Jobs is responsible for introducing the world to the computer mouse. Through iTunes he almost singlehandedly saved the music industry. He changed the way we listen to music through the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad tore eyes away from the television. He changed everything for the better.
Apple released a statement saying this: “we are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts”.
Jobs was co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Apple Inc before stepping down in August 2011, saying: “To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Along with Apple, Jobs also served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios and became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006.
A tweet by Damon Lindelof, executive producer of Lost, said it all: “Steve Jobs. On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed.”
Rest In Peace Steve Jobs and thank you for everything.
Originally published 6th October 2011