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11

rest in peace, steve jobs

ABC: Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple’s board of directors. “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.”

The homepage of Apple’s website this evening switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”

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Statement from the 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.

President Obama at a meeting of technology business leaders in Woodside, California in February 2011 – Steve Jobs is to his left, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to his right.


79 Responses to “rest in peace, steve jobs”


  1. 1 TrumpDog
    October 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Such sad news.
    R.I.P., Mr. Jobs.

  2. October 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    omg, i did not hear this, just came to the site and saw t his. RIP. So sad

  3. October 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Rest in peace Mr. Jobs. and May the Blessing Be!

  4. 4 theo67
    October 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    He really did help to change the way we live and communicate, didn’t he? I’m glad he left such an imprint on the world, and also glad he’s not suffering with that cancer anymore. He lived a fruitful life. RIP.

  5. October 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I am so beyond sad.

    I knew this would hit me hard I just didn’t know it would hit me this hard.

    ❤  ❤

    • 6 TrumpDog
      October 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      You expressed how I feel. I am so surprised at how sad this news makes me. It’s along the same way I felt after hearing Michael Jackson died. You don’t realize what an impact these people have on your life until they are gone.

      I’m typing this from my iPad.

  6. 8 anniebella
    October 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    My sympathy goes out to his family.

  7. 9 Bobfr
    October 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    A great loss for all of us …

  8. October 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you Mr. Jobs. You were a true visionary, you had the ” stuff” we all strived for. May your vision live on.

  9. October 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    😥 😥 😥

    Chips, there was a photo with PBO, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) having a toast at a gathering in CA. You posted it perhaps a few months ago. It was so poignant, if you could find it. I’m gonna do a search now…

  10. 18 Bobfr
    October 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    ‘Think Differently’

    http://t.co/f2fQMSQo

    Good bye Steve.

  11. October 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    apple is my home page and when i clicked on it, i saw Steve’s beautiful face with 1955-2011 beside it. He was a beautiful man with a beautiful mind. thanks for everything Steve. Rest in peace.

    • October 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      my home page too………. 😥

      • 21 nathkatun7
        October 6, 2011 at 2:33 am

        mine too! This has really been a sad day for me. First I heard the news of the passing of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the giant leaders of the Civil Rights movement. When I turned on the computer my Safari home page opened with the picture of Steve Jobs and 1955-2011. As Dr. King said, longevity has its place. But, despite his relatively short life on this earth, Steve Jobs achievements revolutionized and transformed the world. My his soul rest in peace.

  12. 22 ChristiMtl
    October 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Even if he had been sick for a long time, I was in shock when I heard the news……….so sad

  13. 23 Ladyhawke
    October 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I am just sick over this news. What a brilliant and amazing man. A visionary.

  14. October 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

    If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

  15. October 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Steve Jobs for making the work I do today possible.

    Us designers I will surely miss you. Rest in Peace man of vision.

  16. 26 Me4obama
    October 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    This has really hit me the hardest. People like him are not supposed to die. Iam using my iPad now and I feel like am touching his resting soul. Thank you Steve, thank you. PBO did an interview and said Steve Jobs gave him his Ipad personally, I bet his heart is aching too.

    • 27 COS
      October 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      I purchased an IPad a few months ago and I love it. I really lke the camera and the huge photos. I still have a lot to learn about it.

      • 28 vero804
        October 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        I have the first ipad…got it a few months after it debuted, and I still love it like it’s brand new. He made adult toys, not just computers.

  17. 29 Lorraine
    October 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    My prayers are with his wife and their children.

  18. 30 utaustinliberal
    October 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Rest in eternal peace you visionary genius. You certainly changed the way technology is used and the world will remember you.

  19. 31 collegekay
    October 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I can’t believe this. I knew he was sick but I didn’t think he’d leave us so fast. 😦

    Thank you Mr. Jobs for all your innovations.
    Signed,
    An ipod, Macbook Pro, and iPhone user.

  20. October 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I was a faithful fan of Apple. My iPad has change my life, I think I still have my first two Mac in my basement. I admired how he ran his company and the genius of his creativity. Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs you will be missed.

  21. October 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Oh no, it’s true. And here I was ticked off, because I thought some kids were playing a cruel joke on twitter. RIP Mr. Jobs: you changed our worlld for the better.

  22. October 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    RIP Steve Jobs. You made our lives easier and snazzier. Thank you

  23. October 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Mac addict from the mid 80s. So sorry about Steve Jobs. I remained hopeful that he would recover. We will think of you every time we use your products. Rest in Peace

  24. 37 collegekay
    October 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    RT @WestWingWeek: President expected to comment this evening on the passing of Steve Jobs

  25. 38 sjterrid
    October 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    RIP Steve Jobs, God bless your soul. My thoughts and prayers for your family and friends. Thank you, you really changed how we communicate. I’m still in shock I knew he was sick when he retired, but I thought he would be with us longer. I’m typing this on my MacBook, and I also have the IPod.

  26. 39 GGail
    October 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Waaay back in the day, I used the first Mac computer and loved the simplicity and user friendly commands. Over the course of my longcareer, I’ve used Mac’s. I am a PC person at home, while my two adult children love Mac computer & iPads. Steve Jobs was a visionary who paved the way for so many new technologies. He is at peace and no longer in physical pain. May God rest his soul. He truly will be missed in so many ways.

    Thank you Chipsticks for this recognition of a great man who died so soon.

    • October 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Hiya GGail. It’s funny, I only started using Mac computers (ie laptops and desktops) about six years ago, and only then because Dell acted like a bunch of idiots when I tried to order a new desktop from them. I always had this feeling that Macs were only for people with brains the size of Einstein’s, and not fitting in to that category I reckoned I should keep away. Now, crikey, my whole life is run by his and his company’s genius ….iMac, Macbook, iPad, iPhone, iPod, IPod Touch….

      Rest in peace, Steve Jobs – thanks for making life so damn fun and interesting.

      • October 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        He definitely made computers and other products so easy to use and so much fun. They cost more but they are worth every single penny. LOVE this man and the company he built from scratch in a garage. I’m terribly sad.

      • 42 GGail
        October 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        Hiya Chipsticks – funny how life guides and directs you – isn’t it. I like what you said – “making life so damn fun & interesting” 🙂

      • October 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

        But, you are a genius, Chips..you’re our genius! :toast: 🙂

      • 44 Claire
        October 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        I got my first Mac back in 1984. My roommate’s boyfriend worked for Apple and he gave us the computer to use so that they could collect feedback on how user friendly it was. I have only purchased Apple products since then. I’ve owned 4 desktops, 3 laptops, 3 ipods, an ipod touch, 2 iphones, and now 2 ipads. Love the beautiful designs and easy to use interfaces. RIP Mr. Jobs.

    • 45 TrumpDog
      October 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I am a design freak and I think that’s why I’ve always latched on to Apple products. I just love the way they look- the simplicity and clean lines of the packaging. Not to mention the actual product.

      I always look at how Windows and the Smartphones tried to mimic Apple products. They paved the way indeed.

    • 46 JoJothecat
      October 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Me too GGail…I used the Macintoch for the first time in 1985 (learned on Rachel it came out a year before). I too loved how easy it was to use, clicking on icons. One day I hope to go from PC to MAC when I retire.

      Truly a great man who changed this country and the world.

  27. 47 desertflower
    October 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Jobs. For your vision and great, great innovative spirit. He touched an entire world.Heartfelt condolences to his family, his coworkers, and all the rest of us that will be forever changed by this loss.This heartache seems so personal.

  28. 48 CTGirl
    October 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    So sad! RIP!

  29. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    October 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    We were blessed with his genius. He forever changed technology in the world. His work was done…RIP Steve Jobs!

  30. October 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Like the man or not, like the company or not, you can’t deny that Apple under Steve Jobs not only changed computing and the way we now listen and archive music, but it also paved a lot of ground in the field of consumer marketing.

    Shit, I’ve never owned a Mac computer, they are honestly a little too pricey for me even with my income, it would count as a big purchase that I have to justify, contrast that with my HP notebook which cost me about $700 (about $150 of which was actually insurance from Wal-Mart), but who doesn’t remember seeing this video and not thinking “that was cool, I kinda want that..”

    1984 Apple’s Macintosh Commercial

    At the very least, the man deserves some due for creating and co-founding the company that has done all of this.

  31. 53 forus50
    October 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    pfeiffer44 Dan Pfeiffer
    POTUS: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
    15 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    • 54 utaustinliberal
      October 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Absolutely true. President Obama really does know how to encapsulate in words what emotions people are feeling at a certain moment in time.

  32. October 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Wow. R.I.P. Mr. Jobs. Peace be with your family.

  33. 56 forus50
    October 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Following the loss of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, President Obama released this statement:

    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.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/05/president-obama-passing-steve-jobs-he-changed-way-each-us-sees-world

    • October 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      PBO’s eloquence in these moments always brings tears to my eyes.

      I have a very good friend who works for an education org where Steve Jobs’ wife sits on the board. They did great things for our communities.

      • 58 forus50
        October 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        I so agree. I love that he is a beautiful writer and beautiful thinker. Why anyone would ever think anyone else should be POTUS is mind boggling….so proud to have him speaking for Americans.

    • October 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Beautiful statement 😥 .

      Mayor Bloomberg also put out a very eloquent statement.

  34. October 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I luv my IPOD and my IPHONE (soon maybe the IPAD). I can honestly say it has expanded my musical taste and library.

  35. October 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Oh, I’m so sad. I’ve been using Apple products my entire adult life. Steve Jobs was symbol of intelligence and innovation. Everything he did was interesting, sleek and reliable. From computing to listening to music to phones and the iPad, he changed the whole game. He impacted our lifestyle and our sense of mobility. One of his contributions was to revolutionize the whole concept of branding, always bringing to market what consumers wanted rather than trying to get consumers to conform to what he wanted. He was perhaps one of the greatest entrepreneurs this country has ever seen. He was iconic.

    • October 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      I just happened to be at the Apple flagship store in SF yesterday morning at 8am to take a class. The guard let me in to what was an empty store except for a couple of us students and the staff, who happened to be having their morning meeting. There was such a sense of camaraderie as they were doing their morning motivational cheers and mutual sharing. Then they turned the music up and laughed and there was more cheering. It was interesting to see a workplace where people seemed to love their jobs so much. It will no doubt be much different tonight.

  36. October 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    President Obama’s statement on the passing of Steve Jobs:

    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.

  37. October 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    he literally changed the world.

    RIP Mr. Jobs.

    thank you

  38. October 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I just got an ipad .My first Apple product and I love it. Peace to Steve and love to his family.

  39. 66 Me4obama
    October 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    PBO’s statement really touched me. Yes I did learn of his passing on the product he created, my Ipad. My heart us so heavy right now. RIP.

  40. October 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Here’s the email Apple employees received concerning the death of Steve Jobs from new CEO Tim Cook:

    Team,

    I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

    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.

    Tim

  41. 68 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Rest in Peace, He really was a visionary and a world changer.

  42. October 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    So long Steve Jobs….
    Though I was not a big fan of Apple I admired and respected the vision and implementation of Steve Job.
    I was given an Ipod as a gift, didn’t purchase a new one when it stopped working.
    Steve Job got me with the Ipad…Amazing device!!!

  43. 71 lochelle
    October 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Steve Jobs – True Excellence/Extraordinary Vision/Amazing Life

    He will be missed very much by so many people.

  44. 72 a4alice
    October 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    RIP Mr Jobs. Who will make the really cool stuff now?

  45. October 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    There’s a lot we don’t know about Steve Jobs’ life but here is an interesting story about the father he never knew:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031575/Steve-Jobs-biological-father-speaks-yearning-meet-son.html

  46. 74 Tally
    October 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    He also started Pixar, and after the sale of Pixar to The Walt Disney Company, was the major shareholder of the company, and was on their board. He could have taken control of the company (and should have……. but that’s only cuz I worked for The Mouse™ for 9 years….)

    😀

  47. October 6, 2011 at 12:15 am

    From my first 128K Mac in the mid1980s to new macair, iPad, iPhone my life has been enriched my Steve Jobs’ gifts: my step-son learned on a Mac and now makes his living producing shows, my grandchildren have been using iPhones, iPads since they were toddlers. Never have I had to read an instruction manual with an Apple product: my definition of a perfect tech product. Surprised at how sad I am. RIP. BBC quoted one of Jobs’ mottoes: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” Juan Cole also has a great blog on Jobs: father was a Syrian immigrant, child of counterculture, converted to Buddhism: everything that GOP wants to destroy.

  48. 76 Claire
    October 6, 2011 at 12:33 am

    This Apple girl is grateful for Jobs’ belief in user friendly innovative devices. May he rest in peace.

  49. 77 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Let’s us all remember that Steve Jobs’ father was a Syrian Muslim & graduate student from Homs. Support Syrians seeking their Freedom.

    And a comment I posted to dear Bivi on the Libya Live Blog:

    Yes I do, Bivi. Thank you for all you have contributed every day, tirelessly, to not just this blog but to the hopes and aspirations of the people of Libya and all the people, all over this world, who are deriving new courage to define their own destiny, irrespective of the price, because in doing so they know they will make the path that much more accessible to all who follow.

    #YesWECanDOMoreTogether

  50. 78 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

    MAY HE REST IN PEACE…SO YOUNG AND SO INTELLIGENT. I ALSO BELIEVE HE KNEW IT WAS HIS TIME.

  51. October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I was on twitter last night. So many people were tweeting at one point, new items would not load for me.
    RIP Steve Jobs!
    And Thank You!


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