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Apple’s Steve Jobs dies, the tech world reflects

by Scott Bicheno on 6 October 2011, 09:43

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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Profound impact

Just over a month after Apple's iconic CEO stepped down, conceding he was no longer capable of performing the role, Steve Jobs has died.

It's a bit of a cliché, and no less true because of it, but this does put things into perspective. Whatever your stance on this most polarising of companies, the impact of Jobs on the technology world and beyond is indisputable.

Jobs spent many of his formative professional years as the plucky underdog, championing the only real alternative to Microsoft in the PC market - and arguably creating many of the features that found their way onto all PCs. But his enduring legacy is in creating the mobile device market as we now know it - first with the iPod, then the iPhone, and most recently the iPad. In so doing he made Apple the biggest company in the world.

It says something about the significance of the man that his death was the lead item when we tuned into the BBC news this morning. We would love to hear your reflections on Jobs and his achievements and add them to the many public statements reflecting on his passing, some of which we have collated below.


Tim Cook - Apple CEO

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing
human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


Barack Obama - US president

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.

By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.  By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.  And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last.  Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.


Bill Gates - Microsoft founder

I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

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.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. 

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor.  I will miss Steve immensely. 


Larry Page - Google CEO

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance.

He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.

He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.


Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook CEO

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.


Steve Ballmer - Microsoft CEO

I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.


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Very sad news :( . His enthusiasm always made me smile and was a man of good concise career advice.. “love what you do!” :) . For his family to lose him at just 56 must be painful. RIP Steve.
Love him or loathe him, only a complete moron would attempt to disregard the huge contribution he's made to the technological side of modern life. And not only with the obvious Apple technology products - don't forget that he nurtured Pixar, which has got to be a large reason why CGI kids films are so good today, both from Pixar themselves and other studios like Dreamworks etc. :bowdown:

I may dislike the “Cult Of Apple” that some seem to follow, but I'll heartily agree that the world is made poorer for his passing. R.I.P. SJ

What do people think is his greatest achievement? The iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, the Mac (resisted temptation to say “iMac” there), putting a BSD fork (OS X) on so many desktops? Personally speaking, I'd say the iPod - certainly I've been very happy with the two old one's I've still got, and to get “iPod” regarded as the name for a genre the same way people refer to “hoover” for vacuum cleaners is testament in itself.
Certainly not an Apple fanboy here (or, I'd like to point out a Microsoft fanboy either!), but I have to say that Bill Gates' comment was a very interesting one indeed.
While I've never liked any of the iProducts, I won't deny that there has been a great deal of innovation and competition from Apple which has driven the whole technological field forwards, and that would not have been the case without Jobs's Apple. Hats off to the man, and condolences to those who knew him.
It's amazing the effect one (very dedicated) man can have on his field. RIP Steve.

Hopefully Apple will be able to keep his vision going and not revert back to the Apple of the 90's.
Sad he's died, but I've never thought him to be as good as people made him out to be… His products are over priced and over hyped… I think it is like with fashion designers, what they create looks hysterical and is completely impractical and overpriced… but without them the high street shops wouldn't get their ideas… so they serve a valuable purpose…