Like everyone else around the world, DBS was immensely saddened to learn of the death last week of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, at the age of 56.
‘It hasn’t just been the communications and telecommunications industry that has been affected by the death of Steve Jobs” said David Clarke, Director of DBS. “His passing seems to have reached out and touched a huge number of people who have grown up with his products, with Apple Computers, the iMac, iPhone and iPad. As President Obama said on Twitter “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented”. He also owned Pixar, the company that made Toy Story and Finding Nemo as well as many other blockbuster films. So Steve Jobs’ products have really had a huge impact on the world and changed the way we do things in a very short period of time. People who have perhaps until now taken these revolutionary products for granted have suddenly realised with the death of the man who created them just what an impact they and he has had on their lives”.
The world awoke to the news of Mr Jobs’ death on Thursday 6th October when it made all the headlines, and it wasn’t long before fans were paying their respects by leaving apples with bites taken out of them outside Apple stores around the world. World leaders, including Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, were quick to pay their respects to Steve Jobs, as was Bill Gates of Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. One tribute on Twitter went something along the lines of “three apples have changed the world. Adam & Eve’s apple, Isaac Newton’s apple and Steve Jobs’ Apple”.
Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in the 1970s, and stood down as the CEO of Apple in August due to ill health. He once said that “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new”. That perhaps summed up his approach to technology and communications best, although the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones also captured his great talent neatly when he said “he inspired emotion about functional products by making them beautiful”.
Steve Jobs 1955-2011