Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, στα κεντρικά γραφεία της Apple, οι σημαίες κυματίζουν μεσίστιες. Από τη στιγμή που μαθεύτηκε ο θάνατός του, πολλά δημόσια πρόσωπα έχουν αποδώσει φόρο τιμής σε έναν από τους μεγαλύτερους σύγχρονους οραματιστές. Μεταξύ άλλων έχουν μιλήσει ο Barak Obama, ο Larry Page της Google, ο μεγάλος αντίπαλος και φίλος Bill Gates και πολλοί ακόμα. Ο νέος -πλέον- CEO της Apple Tim Cook έστειλε το παρακάτω memo σε όλους τους υπαλλήλους της εταιρείας:
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 email@example.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.
Παρακάτω μπορείτε να διαβάσετε μερικά από τα λόγια που είπαν φίλοι, συνάδελφοι και ανταγωνιστές για τον Steve Jobs, τον άνθρωπο που άλλαξε την Apple και σε μεγάλο βαθμό τη τεχνολογία.
Bill Gates, συνιδρυτής της Microsoft: "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. :
Paul Allan, συνιδρυτής της Microsoft: "We've lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn't help but be encouraged by how he persevered."
Steve Wozniak,συνιδρυτής της Apple: "People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself."
Larry Page, CEO της Google: "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."
Barack Obamal: "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 grown-ups 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."
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO του Facebook: "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."