What does one say at a time like this that has not already been said. Between the social media networks and the conventional media a lot has been stated. What comes out strongly is the great respect that everyone had for the man. You may love or hate Apple as a company, but nobody has anything to say against Steve Jobs. Not his arch rivals, competitors nor those who disagreed with his methods. Respect for his genius is universal.
He is right up there with all other geniuses past, present and future. Be it Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Alva Edison or Albert Einstein and everyone in between. Not to mention those who will soon join the fray in the future. While he is considered an icon of the technology industry, touched the music and movie industries in ways that few had imagined, the true genius is the magical effect that his work brings. People laughed when he called the iPad a magical device, yet it transformed the life of a 3 year old autistic boy who uses it to communicate with his world. The 10 year old girl who was at the bottom of her class due to impaired vision, now has a new lease of life because of her iPad. Old age homes where senior citizens are now using several of these devices to keep themselves entertained, communicative and back on the path to recovery are not aspects of the technology that people had even imagined. They mocked it, and yet it is doing just what Steve Jobs had intended it to do. It is being magical and transforming lives. Only a genius would have realised that this could happen.
It is impossible to pay a fitting tribute to such a great man. The Apple website put it so elegantly and simply just like his designs and philosophy. People would have expected Google to make a doodle for the man, yet their tribute was subtle. Amazon was discrete in their tribute. Wired magazine in their tradition of design and excellence has one of the best tribute pages out there. I do believe that the best homage would be subtle and sombre. Steve Jobs was a very private family man and despite being remembered for his achievements and genius, he will always be remembered as a great human being.
The one quote that sums it all up brilliantly –
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 — President Barack Obama.
May God bless his soul and give his family, friends and the millions of fans, the strength to bear this great loss.
R.I.P. Steve Jobs