“You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs.
There are moments where you’ll remember where you were when they happened. I can’t seem to remember too many of these moments off the top of my head immediately (besides 9/11 and when Bin Laden was killed), but I can honestly say I’ll always remember where I was when Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, CEO and more recently chairman, died.
I had literally just woken up at about just after 1an when news of his passing had literally just hit online. I was still waking up, but when I had seen the headline “Steve Jobs passes away aged 56” from the VG247 CMS without my glasses on, it stunned me.
And it still has me stunned now, even nearly five hours after his death was announced on Apple.com, which removed the marketing it had from the just-announced iPhone 4S the previous day for a black and white photo of its visionary leader with the words “Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011.”
Its feels near impossible to describe in a magnitude how much Apple has changed people’s lives in the past decade or so and even more before that under Jobs, myself included. After all, Apple revolutionised how we listen to music with the iPod and iTunes. Apple revolutionised how we communicate with the iPhone. And Apple revolutionised with how we do our day-to-day stuff with the iPad. All of this just within the past ten years.
I think President Obama summed it up quite nicely:
“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.” – President Obama.
It’s also telling of Jobs’ stature and legacy that even competitors of Apple are paying tribute in their own way, like this tweet from Sony’s official Twitter. Notice it’s not made on a Sony Ericsson device, like an Xperia. It’s made from an iPhone. Nice, lovely touch.
I’m going to stop typing now because I don’t know what else to say, but before I do, I want to link to two fantastic pieces after tonight’s events. First, I want to link to a blog post from ex-Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam on the inside story between him and Jobs over that iPhone 4 prototype. It does, seemingly, have a happy ending, actually (even if Gizmodo are still blackballed by Apple).
Secondly, and most importantly, my colleague at VG247 Brenna Hillier has posted a fantastically terrific and moving tribute to Jobs in her own special way. Please, give it a read.
iPod aside, its only fairly recently that I’ve started letting Apple have a direct impact on my life. In fact, it’s only really happened in the past year. I got my iPhone 4 last July, my Macbook last September and my iPad last October (before replacing it with another one earlier this year). And yes, I am aware I do have a blog post titled “dear apple: you’re cunts” on here. But that was for something as trivial as a laptop charger.
All of this is possible due to the sheer amount of work Jobs has poured in to the company in the past 15 years since he returned to the place he was ousted out of in 1985. Make no mistake, Jobs was our generation’s Thomas Edison. And going by the reaction I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook tonight, his passing will leave a huge hole in our world.
So goodbye, Steve Jobs. Thank you for changing the way I listen to music. Thank you for changing the way I communicate with people. Thank you for giving me the platform to do my work on. And thank you for changing how I do my day-to-day basis on. Your legacy will never be understated and underestimated. A true pioneer.
[Written on a Macbook]
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs.