He’s been called a genius, an innovator and a visionary. Perhaps he was all three. Steve Jobs, the American computer entrepreneur and inventor, co-founder, chairman and executive CEO of Apple died on 5 October at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The internet was awash in messages of condolence.
He was a modern-day Edison, but, interestingly, Jobs wasn’t an engineer or a designer. However, as Cliff Kuang noted in his piece for Co.Design in August this year, he was one of the greatest users of technology of all time, and that made all the difference.
As the man who introduced the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad to the world, Jobs changed computing and communications forever. Jobs famously said, “the computer is the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” Just as a bike allows people to travel and explore their world, the products Apple created under Steve Jobs allowed people to explore and connect to their worlds in ways never before imagined.
When a figure of Jobs’ iconic standing passes, it’s easy to get caught up in the sense of public grief. Gawker, perhaps too heavily, tried to place Jobs’ death in perspective.
Regardless of your stance, the man changed the way we live. I would say for the better.
Ever the innovator, perhaps the last word is best left to Jobs himself: “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”