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Apple co-founder, former CEO, and chairman of the board Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at age 56. The news was released by Apple’s board of directors, whose statement reads:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

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.

On the same day, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to the company that read:

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

Jobs’s family also released a statement:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.

When Jobs resigned from the CEO position back in August, we collected a series of reflections which are no less apt now (see “Steve Jobs Resigns: Reactions and Remembrances,” 25 August 2011).

Apple has set up a Remembering Steve Jobs page, with a link to an email address for people to share their memories and condolences.

It’s a massive understatement to say that Jobs profoundly affected all of our lives. It is perhaps most telling that many of us learned of his death via a device — a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch — whose creation was made possible in part through his work at Apple.

Our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


Global Reaction -- After writing about Apple and Jobs for years, we at TidBITS certainly appreciate his legacy. However, we’re still surprised at the outpouring of sentiment following Jobs’s passing. Columnists, CEOs, and heads of state have written statements or remembrances, and Apple retail stores became impromptu shrines as thousands of people sought to pay their respects.

Here are links to some of these expressions of grief and respect that we’ve collected in the comments section of this article on our Web site. I know the number of items is daunting, but they’re worth it.

 

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Doppleherz  2011-10-06 00:24
This is so sad. Don't really know what else to say.
Delia Lamb  2011-10-06 00:28
I can't believe I cried when I heard this news.

Pancreatic cancer: f#$* you.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 00:32
Thanks for saying what we debated putting in the article, and what we all very much feel.
Robyn Weisman  2011-10-06 00:53
The mother of a close friend just died of pancreatic cancer and another friend's father was just diagnosed. I agree. FU pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs RIP.
Thank you Steve, and rest peacefully
Mike Bentley  2011-10-06 00:56
yuki fujimura  2011-10-06 03:00
http://corporate.disney.go.com/news/corporate/2011/2011_1005_steve_jobs.html
Robert S  2011-10-06 03:43
Thank you for making computing human.
Ed Holloman  2011-10-06 04:13
Whenever I use my Mac now I will feel a little sadness, as if something is missing from the experience.
Bruce Sherman  2011-10-06 05:28
I read of Steve Job's death on my iPhone in an email from my brother, who filled out only the subject line. No more was needed. Steve's work has changed my life, probably more than any other public figure, and in very positive ways. My first computer was a Fat Mac in 1985, and I bought a ton of them since then, now including ipods and iphones. Yet, in spite of all the technology, I always felt that Steve did an amazing job of having a personal connection with his customers. Genius. Creative. Type A. Incredible accomplishments.
unbelievable that this is a man who had a visionary vision help changed the world and now hes gone. i was started to get use to the idea apple would take over the world tech under his leadership and now it seems apple is like the others on par but is still the greatest among them. rip Steve Jobs.
Garry Wood  2011-10-06 08:03
Only truly when some one passes do you feel the deep effect they had on your life.
I will never forget how he changed my life forever.
Dakers Fleming  2011-10-06 09:54
Thank you Steve for all the support that you brought to my business and leisure life. You truly expanded the possibilities.

Apple is your lasting memorial and long may it continue to flourish.
Matt McCaffrey  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2011-10-06 13:34
I learned of Steve's death when I opened my MBPro's lid, with an iPhone and an iPad sitting at my elbow. Steve's vision first caught my attention in 1979, when I was distracted from an indifferent freshman year in college by an Apple II in something called a "computer store." My entire life and career have been affected by his persistence in perfecting the tools I didn't know I wanted. Steve and I are the same age, and I'm grateful for his time on this earth, because it has made mine more fruitful.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 13:35
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 13:39
The early history of Steve Jobs and Apple Computer is at Stanford. Watch the video.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/august/jobs-082911.html
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 13:53
xkcd's take... be sure to hover over the comic for the tooltip.

http://www.xkcd.com/961/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:05
Steven Levy's obituary of Steve Jobs in Wired.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/all/1
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:06
BoingBoing's retro homage to Steve Jobs.

http://boingboing.net/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-has-died.html
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:09
Tom Standage's obituary of Steve Jobs in The Economist.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/10/obituary
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:10
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal on "The Steve Jobs I Knew."

http://allthingsd.com/20111005/the-steve-jobs-i-knew/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:12
Reports and photos from the Apple campus last night by Robert Scoble.

http://scobleizer.com/2011/10/06/my-apology-to-tim-cook-and-remembering-steve-jobs/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:15
Another video of Steve Wozniak talking about Steve Jobs. Be sure to watch the final few seconds.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/wozniak-remembers-steve-jobs/2011/10/06/gIQAAINvPL_video.html
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:16
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:17
Steve Jobs's 1995 oral history interview with the Smithsonian.

http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/sj1.html
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:21
John Gruber's keen eye. What's ironic about this post is that the first time Tonya and I met Steve Jobs (our senior year at Cornell, when we were student supervisors in charge of the first public room of NeXT Cubes), the thing that Tonya most noticed was Steve's shoes. They weren't grass-stained New Balance sneakers then, but highly polished Italian leather shoes. Things change.

http://daringfireball.net/2011/10/universe_dented_grass_underfoot
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:23
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 14:36
Our friend Jason Snell of Macworld, on putting a dent in the universe.

http://www.macworld.com/article/162827/2011/10/steve_jobs_making_a_dent_in_the_universe.html
Charlie  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2011-10-06 14:49
Steve Jobs brought some light to our world and made it a better place. In the end that's the best any of us can hope for.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 17:21
Guy Kawasaki turns a keynote into an hour-long talk about Steve Jobs and Apple.

http://www.vimeo.com/30115815
Henry Ruark  2011-10-06 17:37
In a single word: "Awesome !"
For those who know me, still hackig at 93, that will have special meaning - return to life after six years with wife dying of Altheimer's.
What Steve did for me is reflected thousands of other times around our whole world.
P.S. Now just completing 700th Op Ed since...
Hank Ruark
robin fairchild  2011-10-06 17:44
I also wept when I heard the news, although it was more or less expected. I did not know Steve, had never communicated with him, but somehow Apple in one way or another has been part of my life - and a very good part - for 27 years. And so the passing of Steve feels for me as if a close family member had died prematurely.

We'll not see your like again, Steve, for a long time. RIP
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 18:23
Clever take on the Apple logo.

http://jmak.tumblr.com/post/9377189056
Bye Mr. Jobs, thanks for everything.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:30
Here's a version of "The Crazy Ones" that never aired, narrated by Steve Jobs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwsuXHA7RA
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:32
Steve Jobs on the cover of The Economist this week.

http://www.economist.com/printedition/covers/2011-10-06/ap-e-eu-la-me-na-uk
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:33
A very few touching words from Scott Adams (Dilbert).

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/1955__2011/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:35
iOS's autocorrect fails, weeping.

http://yfrog.com/h8spqpknj
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:37
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-06 20:39
Nice piece from Lex Friedman about why the death of someone most of people have never met feels so sad.

http://www.macworld.com/article/162833/2011/10/why_steve_jobss_death_feels_so_sad.html
stephan.savarese  2011-10-07 07:18
iSad too...
Andy Clark  2011-10-07 12:24
I am an Apple Retail employee. Before working for Apple, I worked in the printing industry and then publishing. Desktop printing and the graphic design and arts industries were built around Apple products. I evangelised them for most of my working lives and when either a family member or colleague sought out my advice for a pc, I gently but firmly pointed them at the right Mac for them and then lovingly installed it and helped them through the process of getting the most out of it. Apple has been my life and that is why I ended up working for them. Not because it made me any richer. In fact I dropped a lot in salary to take a job with them. The reason for moving to Apple, because it meant that I worked for Apple. Apple was and will always be - Steve Jobs. The two are inseparable. Thank you Steve. It means a lot to me when people ask what you do. I just say, I work for Apple. You can see the look in teir eyes. It says it all. That is the legacy of Steve Jobs.
Susan Haley  2011-10-07 12:27
Having lost 4 close family members to pancreatic cancer, my heart goes out to Steve's family, friends and employees. He did indeed change our world and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Steve.
Rahul Bhushan  2011-10-07 14:25
I am hoping that Steve's official biography or some other source will elaborate on his trip to India. Where did he go? What were his experiences? Are there anecdotal accounts out there?

As an early Mac and Tidbits fan, this is the place I choose to share my sadness about his passing because you guys would understand it is not about hard or soft ware or being a business whiz. Steve Jobs brought his very human, 'indian' enlightenment to an industry of bean counters. His 'reality distortion field' was our glimpse into reality. Now that he's gone, it's back to mundane, corporate reality. Unless of course, more IT CEO's start backpacking to India and dropping acid.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-07 16:05
Jon Stewart sums up how many of us feel. "We weren't done with you!"

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-6-2011/moment-of-zen---steve-jobs--commencement-speech
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-07 16:10
In this time of sorrow, Stephen Colbert's humor is tremendously welcome.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/399182/october-06-2011/tribute-to-steve-jobs
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-07 17:12
Abstruse Goose has a subtle memorial message: http://abstrusegoose.com/402
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-07 18:02
Tonya and I both contributed stories about Steve Jobs to Shawn King's collection for Your Mac Life's "In Memoriam" show. I really recommend listening to it.

http://yourmaclifeshow.com/inthenews/2011/10/07/memoriam-steve-jobs

You can also get the audio directly here.

http://yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/In_Memoriam.mp3
"Stay hungry, stay foolish..."

At Stanford University in 1995, Steve Jobs gave an outstanding commencement address about life, death, creativity, vision, love, loss, taking risks and always aspiring to do something better. It's one of the most moving and inspiring speeches I've ever heard or read. It's well worth watching or revisiting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
Tom Abbott  2011-10-08 17:52
I remember Steve Jobs: I never actually met him, but there was this one time; it was at MacWorld SF a few years ago, He was rushing through the crowd towards the Apple Pavilion, he is 6’ tall, I am 5’ tall, I don’t think he even knew he’d almost knocked me over.

I worked for Apple for a year in Austin, time of OS 7 -7.5. It was it was a tome of clones when, Steve was wondering in the wilderness, and we almost lost it all. Still his presence was with us then. He changed our world forever. We will all miss him.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-10 15:47
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-10 15:49
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-10 15:59
A nice comparison of Steve Jobs and Frank Lloyd Wright from our friend Adam Khan.

http://www.adamkhan.net/parries/the-mouse-and-the-cantilever
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-10 16:26
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-12 16:10
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-13 19:26
Very neat tribute to Steve Jobs from a floral design school.

http://floralschool.com/SteveJobsTribute.htm
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-13 19:28
A vast number of memorial pictures at this PIXT wall.

http://www.pixt.com/remembersteve/
YosefSteele  2011-10-13 22:43
I can't believe it. Check out the crazy tributes at : www.pixt.com/remembersteve

I can't believe the time people put into some of these...any Apple fan should check that site out.

RIP Steve!
Adam Khan  2011-10-14 04:39
Two-part account from a the photographer's perspective of the Macintosh launch, including great photos I at least hadn't seen before. http://animprobablelife.com/2011/10/12/jeffreys-journey-wsteve-jobs-part-two/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-19 13:23
The http://www.tributetosteve.com/ site is a lovely mashup of Twitter and the Post-It note tributes to Steve Jobs.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-24 16:43
Here's the video of Apple's celebration of Steve's life on 19 October 2011.

http://www.apple.com/celebrating-steve/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-24 22:35
A collection of canonical photos of Steve Jobs, plus some from the impromptu memorials around the world.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/10/steve-jobs-1955-2011/100164/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-24 22:36
Large collection of stories and videos about Steve Jobs from CBS News.

http://www.cbsnews.com/2718-201_162-1233.html
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-31 13:56
Of all that has been written about Steve Jobs, nothing has been as touching as the eulogy his sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, delivered at his memorial service. It’s a rare glimpse of a side of Steve Jobs that very few people ever saw.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/mona-simpsons-eulogy-for-steve-jobs.html?pagewanted=all
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-11-03 14:44
I haven't seen it yet, but you can watch the PBS "Steve Jobs: One Last Thing" special on the Web.

http://www.pbs.org/programs/steve-jobs-one-last-thing/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-03-16 06:31
Hadn't seen this page of quotes before, but it's a nice collection.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/08/24/steve-jobss-best-quotes/