Published on October 6th, 2011 | by Bilal Sulehri4
Tribute – Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs Passes Away
“No one wants to die, “And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” These are the words of Steve Jobs at 2005 commencement address at Stanford as he felt closer to death after being diagnosed with a rare type of Pancreatic Cancer, now on the day of his death, “Pancreatic Cancer” is the most Googled term according to CNN.
I am not a big fan of Apple, but I am writing this tribute as I have a great respect for the former Apple leader as Steve Jobs was the man who made my wildest of dreams come true. Ever since I bought an i-mate Jam (aka HTC Magician) I wondered why do I need a stylus to use the phone & wanted a device which could be operated with touch of a thumb and had an intuitive interface instead of a primitive UI which was the hallmark of Windows Mobile 2003. And the man who beat all the others and produced such device in 2007 around 3-4 years ahead of competition’s plans was Steve Jobs.
Jobs announces that he’ll be introducing three “revolutionary products of this class.”
“The first one: a widescreen iPod with touch controls.”
“Second, a revolutionary mobile phone.”
“The third, a breakthrough Internet communications device.”
Then, he grins as the icons for the three devices beginning spinning on the giant screen behind him until they nearly blur into one.
“Are you getting it?” Jobs said. “These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone.”
This is how Jobs introduced Apple iPhone to the awe-struck crowd in 2007, he was considered a showman of the business due to his presentation skills & motivational abilities. The legendary Apple leader had successes in his life from Apple II to iPad and made Apple the most most valuable publicly-traded company in the world, surpassing ExxonMobil’s market capitalization in August.
Steve Job’s leadership and his knack of producing the devices which really addressed user needs will be missed for a long time. Tributes from some prominent people are as follows:
President Obama said that “the world has lost a visionary,” noting that “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.”
Microsoft’s Bill Gates – a fierce rival – hailed the “profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
IEEE President Moshe Kam issued the following statement; “Steve Jobs was an inspiring inventor and entrepreneur, toward whom technical professionals worldwide, as well as consumers and the general public, felt unusual admiration and affinity. He was as exceptional, original and influential as the most revered figures in the history of innovation, including legendary individuals like Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, David Sarnoff, Hewlett and Packard, Walt Disney and Henry Ford. He will be sorely missed.”
Google co-founder Sergey Brin: From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration or vision and leadership, we need to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in Preston the few times we have met. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much.
Jobs’ Apple announcement quotation taken from Steve Jobs’ top 5 showman moments
Other quotations courtesy: Yahoo
Photo courtesy: Apple & Andrew Burton, Getty Images