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Apr 12, 2001

Today marks the 12th anniversary of Apple's co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passing away at the age of 56, following a cancer diagnosis.


Apple shared the following message on its website when Jobs passed away:
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.
Apple still has a "Remembering Steve" page on its website with condolences shared by customers around the world following his death in 2011.

"There is not a day that goes by that we don't think about him," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, during the first media event at Steve Jobs Theater in September 2017.

The Steve Jobs Archive website contains a collection of quotes, videos, and emails from Jobs, and offers fellowships to young creators to follow in Jobs' footsteps.

Article Link: Remembering Steve Jobs, Who Passed Away 12 Years Ago Today
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Jun 8, 2022
So where were y'all when the news broke that Steve was gone? I was watching G4's Attack of the Show and it happened literally at the end of the show. The hosts somberly broke the news before cutting to black as they were not prepared for that.

The following day during their beginning clip segment it was dedicated to 5 iconic Steve Jobs moments, like his Stanford Commencement Address, or his Here's to the Crazy Ones ad, and of course 1984. They followed it up with a bunch of Mac fans giving their stories about how Apple and thanking Steve saying goodbye.

The following Christmas someone gifted me the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve, which I still have on my work desk to this day.
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macrumors 68040
Dec 31, 2007
Milwaukee Area
I think in hindsight what’s most interesting about him was his ability to ride the line between the often opposing interests of the company and of the customers, & more often than not manage to produce output that exceeded both of their expectations rather than end up with a disappointing compromise. As the stories have revealed in the last decade, some of those battles were epic. Pretty dang good at what he did.

My favorite computer ever, the 2010 17” MBP, is nicknamed the “Uncle Steve”. It still hums along running my household intranet & media server (w/ 16TB of int ssd storage!), and is the one I’ll grab when the house is on fire.
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macrumors 65816
Dec 9, 2005
I remembered where I was that day. On Christmas Day, one of my family members gave me the Walter Isaacson biography about Steve Jobs as a gift. In the book, he mentioned he finally cracked it for TV. I wondered what it was about. Jobs is still considered as the greatest of all time. GOAT
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macrumors 6502
Dec 21, 2003
Thought about this date for a little while, our *second* set of twins are ready to be born any day now. Would be happy if it was today: my favorite theologian Jonathan Edwards was born, and then today though more somber than a birthday, Jobs passed away. Use both of their works nearly everyday in my field.

Yet, when I got the book put out by the SJ Archive earlier this year, this line below hit me the most: "All glory is fleeting." Isaiah 40 and 1 Peter echoed in my mind, though I Know he was referring to another source. Started Apple. Changed technology forever. Everything money could buy, etc… but the greatest of accolades and admiration… and one day it's gone.

Never forget where I was when he passed. Was at Wednesday evening church, standing outside our youth room, and of course from an iPhone I learned, via the ESPN app notification, that he had passed away. Forever thankful for what he and Woz and others started. A true gift to technology and by extension humanity. Failures aside (which we all have, myself being filled with many failures), I am truly thankful for the innovation that has enriched my life, and due to my calling, used in the process of hopefully one day impacting the lives of others.


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Jun 2, 2021
The first time I used a Mac was a school's 7200 model. From the first day I started using the Mac, I fell in love with it and have been using it ever since. I feel like using Apple in many ways is an extension of S.J.'s vision. Well, we might not agree with his preferences on everything, but one thing I'm sure of is that without him, things would have been such a mess. I really miss him.
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macrumors 68040
Nov 13, 2007
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I’m not a blubbering “miss Steve” kind of guy. People pass and that’s a fact of life.

But I gotta tell you, I really miss those keynotes he used to lead because he sure could get me excited about new Apple products. Even the couple that Apple had a hard time going live with. It was really something to hear an auditorium hoot and cheer him on and then for the finale…….

”Oh. One more thing!”

That brought the house down! Loved those words!

Now we watch these cringeworthy forced pre-produced stale toast events that everyone looks like they are miserable videoing.

The life of Apple truly left when Steve did.
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