Apple today celebrates its co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs ten years after he died of pancreatic cancer. The company’s home page was adorned with pictures of Jobs during his years at Apple, as well as an official film and a statement from the Jobs family.
“We miss him very much,” the statement said. “We were blessed to have him for a husband and father.”
We celebrate Steve
Occasionally, the Apple.com homepage rejects many marketing materials that promote its latest products and instead dedicates itself to outstanding personalities who have truly made a success in space. And for Apple and its fans, few deserve it more than the man who started it all.
“Celebrating Steve” is the headline that greets you when you visit Apple.com today. Images of Jobs during his cult and significant years at Apple rotate in the background, while the statement of the Jobs family is slowly revealed as you move around the page.
The statement reads:
For a decade, grief and healing have gone together. Our gratitude has become as great as our loss.
Each of us found our way to comfort, but we gathered in a beautiful place of love for Steve and what he taught us.
Despite all of Steve’s gifts, she endured his power as a teacher. He taught us to be open to the beauty of the world, to be curious about new ideas, to see around the next corner, and most of all to remain humble in the beginner’s own mind.
Many things we still see with his eyes, but he has also learned to look for himself. He gave us the equipment for life and it served us well.
One of our biggest sources of comfort was our connection to Steve and beauty. The sight of something beautiful – a wooded slope, a well-made object – is reminiscent of his spirit. Even in years of suffering, he never lost faith in the beauty of existence.
Memory is insufficient for what is in our hearts: we miss it very much. We were blessed to have him for a husband and father.
Watch the movie
Apple also produced an official film in memory of Jobs. It lasts just under three minutes and features the same photos seen on Apple.com, as well as recordings of Jobs ’speech during speech and other events while an emotional melody is heard in the background.
The film also features clips from some of Jobs ’biggest product launches, including the original MacBook Air and iPhone, which he famously teased as an“ iPod, phone and internet communicator ”in one.
Visit Apple.com today to watch the movie and view pictures; they are worth a few minutes of your time.
Where it all began
Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. Apple I, the company’s first product, played a major role in the personal computer revolution, while the original Macintosh, launched in 1984, brought the mouse and graphical interface to consumer machines for the first time.
It wasn’t always an easy sailing, with Apple on the verge of bankruptcy in 1997, 12 years after Jobs ousted the company’s board of directors. But after Jobs ’return to Cupertino, Apple continued to release a series of hit products that revolutionized a number of industries.
The iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone have helped solidify Apple as one of the biggest and most important names in technology. Today, Apple is the most valuable company in the world, with a market capitalization that is significantly higher than Microsoft, Amazon, Google’s parent company Alphabet and Facebook.
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