Apple’s brief announcement on Wednesday evening of the death of Steve Jobs marked the beginning of a flood of tributes from business leaders and politicians, along with mass outpourings on social networks.
As Apple replaced the new iPhone 4S with a picture of its 56-years-old co-founder and chairman on the front page of its website, its board said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.”
Tim Cook, Apple chief executive, sent a message to staff and the Jobs family issued a statement. These and further reactions from President Obama to Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s co-founders, Twitter’s CEO, and Bill Gates are after the jump.
How important has Steve Jobs’ famous reality distortion field been to Apple’s ability to shape perceptions of its new products – and persuade avid buyers to line up round the block to get their hands on them?
With next week’s unveiling of the iPhone 5, which has just been confirmed, we will get the first chance to see what a big Apple product launch feels like without the company’s guiding spirit.
From Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google+, to NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Allen Paltrow, who met Steve Jobs as a young boy, the web was filled with stories of personal reminiscences about the Apple co-founder and expressions of gratitude for his visionary work.
Late on Wednesday, Mr Jobs announced he was stepping down as chief executive of Apple. Many in the tech world reflected on his influential leadership. Others pondered whether the company will continue its success with Tim Cook taking over.
This internal email was sent by Tim Cook to all Apple employees early on Thursday morning, reassuring them that the company “is not going to change”.
Below is the full text of the e-mail:
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.
Today’s tech news from around the web is devoted to reaction and comment on Steve Jobs’ decision to step down as Apple chief executive:
Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs, says that Jobs will be remembered as one of the most successful company chiefs, TNW reports.
He’s probably going to be remembered for the next 100 years as the best business leader of our time. He will watch the company for a while, hope its on such a good track. For a company as large as Apple, corporate culture doesn’t change overnight. The quality of the people doesn’t change.