Sadly, because of his ongoing health issues, Steve Jobs’s passing Wednesday was not entirely unexpected. Neither was the outpouring of grief from members of the Apple community. And “the Apple community” these days is a fairly a broad term; Jobs was mourned publicly by Barack Obama, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, and countless Apple developers, customers, and fans.
Developers and analysts
Some developers and analysts shared their thoughts with Macworld directly, via email and phone. Here’s a sampling of the feedback we received:
James Thomson, TLA Systems
My entire professional career for the past two decades has been based around products that Steve had a direct hand in. I’m sad that none of the decades ahead will.
Bryan Duke, Acceleroto
We are extremely saddened by Steve Jobs’s passing. Steve’s vision and drive quite literally changed our lives. He changed the world.
Greg Scown, Smile Software
I’m sad. Steve has passed too young, and I feel most for those he loved and left behind… My heart goes out to them at the enormity of their loss. The world lost an icon, but his loved ones lost him… I think the best possible tribute to Jobs is for us to keep working hard to make our products the best they can be, and in doing so, to bring joy and delight to our customers.
Craig Hockenberry, The Iconfactory
Steve taught us all how to believe in a product and make it better than you think it can be. I will be forever grateful for that lesson.
Michael Gartenberg, Gartner
Jobs invented the personal computer, redefined it, took a company on the brink of ruin, and made it the most valuable in world. He then went on to change the music and phone industries forever. He was a visionary for our times and the legacies he leaves behind are his family and the company he founded—which will continue under the management team he left in place.
Michael Simmons, Flexibits
Steve Jobs gave us something much more than insanely great things like Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. He gave us the power to think differently. I’ve been extremely lucky to be part of the “Apple industry” for almost 15 years and because of Steve, it’s unlike any other industry. Developers help and inspire each other, rather than compete: a perfect example of Steve’s influence and a perfect tribute to his incredible life. It gives me comfort to know that we will always have his influence to help guide us in continuing to dream of and make insanely great things. I will miss him greatly.
Various public officials and industry leaders released statements of the sort you’d expect when a head of state were to die. That so many public officials were moved to speak out on Jobs’s death is obviously a testament to his worldwide reach and influence.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
G.S. Choi, Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs’ passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences. Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world. We would like to again express our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jobs’ family and his colleagues.
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, California
I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was a true visionary who brought out the best in others. His legacy will live on, not only in technology and business but also in the way the world communicates. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Laurene, his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.
Bob Iger, Walt Disney
Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an “original,” with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.
Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader
Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the way we live, an innovator whose products brought joy to millions, a risktaker who wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, and an entrepreneur who led one of the most creative companies of our time. His sage advice was respected by policymakers on both sides of the aisle. His courageous fight against cancer brought strength to many.
I hope it is a comfort to those who loved him, especially his family, that so many grieve his loss and are praying for them at this sad time.
Many celebrities, reporters, and industry leaders took to Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus to share their thoughts. A sampling:
Albert Brooks, actor, author
Had the pleasure of working for him and knowing him. He was our Edison. R.I.P. Steve Jobs.
Al Yankovic, musician
RIP Steve Jobs. Thanks for improving life as we know it.
Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post
Just read the news, stood up, & for the 35th time, my breakaway Mac powercord did its job, saved the computer. Thanx, Steve.
Diane Sawyer, ABC News
Some of the fire in the universe dimmed tonight. Steve Jobs, thank you for reminding us all what ambition+imagination can do #ThankYouSteve
John Perry Barlow, EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist
The world just became a less interesting place.
Kevin Smith, director, writer
Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. Mourn him.
Larry Page, Google
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.
Joel Mathis and Lex Friedman contributed reporting to this story.