Apple has given over its entire homepage to the creative genius Steve Jobs on the first anniversary of his death.
Without Steve Jobs, Apple just wouldn’t be Apple. He oversaw what was to become the future of the firm – the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPod, along with Apple Stores, iTunes Store and the App Store.
So it is fitting that the firm has paid tribute in such a way. Apple’s homepage now carries a short film highlighting Jobs’ many achievements and his key speeches, which became affectionately known as “Jobsnotes”.
The film is followed by a poignant letter from current CEO Tim Cook. “Steve’s passing one year ago was a sad and difficult time for all of us,” he writes. “I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
“One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple,” he continues. “No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.”
Jobs died aged just 56 on October 5th 2011 with his wife, children and sister by his side. It was just a few hours after what would have been a proud moment for him, the launch of the iPhone 4S in California. On hearing the news, Apple, Microsoft and Disney all flew their flags at half-staff as a mark of respect.
He was first diagnosed with a pancreas neuroendocrine tumour in 2003 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
Jobs was forced to take a third leave of absence from work for health reasons in 2011 and resigned as chief executive in August that year, becoming chairman instead. Cook, who had acted as chief executive while Jobs was unwell, was appointed as his replacement.
Apple fans and industry leaders have all paid tribute to Jobs as they remember him on the anniversary of his death.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: “He was just so focused. For him, the user experience was the only thing that mattered. I think that there’s a lot that every company can learn from that.”
Apple’s customers also paid their own respects. One user posting on technology site theverge, says: “I really miss Steve. Fact is that he was the visionary that came up with magical products.”
Many analysts thought Apple would falter without its innovative founder, but the company has, in fact flourished, a sign of the legacy left by Jobs. Under Cook’s captaincy, Apple’s share price has almost doubled and a new product launch, the much-anticipated iPad mini, is expected soon.
Cook’s message about his predecessor concludes: “I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.”