Steve Jobs — Apple computer co-founder, tech pioneer and revered revolutionary — died a year ago today, from complications due to cancer.
Though his death did not come as a shock, his figure growing gaunt and work becoming more sparse as he battled the disease, the world paused to mourn for days when he died. A year later, both the public and Apple have moved on, but the anniversary of the death returns thoughts, if however briefly, to his life.
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Apple has posted a letter on its website, written by new CEO Tim Cook, as well as a video tribute to their former leader.
Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. 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. 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 same privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
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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.
Since Jobs’ death, Apple has indeed delivered those products, including the new iPhone 5, which was released to much fanfare and demand — and a bit of dissatisfaction with its maps product. The new, non-Google maps have led some people in the wrong direction, drawing a rare apology from Cook, and some have whispered that it would have never happened on Jobs’ watch.
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Two biofilms about Jobs are under way; one, an indie project about his younger years, stars Ashton Kutcher, whose resemblance to the CEO is uncanny. The other, based on the authorized biography of Jobs, is being written by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin.