Gotta Watch: Remembering Steve Jobs
Apple's website remembers founder Steve Jobs with a dedication on their homepage mourning the loss of a "creative genius."
October 6th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering Steve Jobs

Apple's visionary founder Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Today we pay tribute to Jobs' legacy as we look back at some of the most memorable moments from his life.

Apple’s dedicated founder – In June 2011, Steve Jobs made one of his last public appearances at a Cupertino City Council meeting while presenting plans for a new Apple campus. Despite reports of being ill, Jobs brought his humor and vision and continued to show his dedication to the company he loved.
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Jobs: Live each day like it's your last – In 2005, Steve Jobs spoke poignantly about his cancer diagnosis and confronting death. Here, Jobs discusses how being faced with his own mortality inspired him to make the most of his time on Earth.
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The creative genius behind Apple – Steve Jobs was Apple's passionate pitchman. Over the years, Jobs was front and center for the unveiling of many of Apple's greatest inventions, most often wearing his classic uniform of blue jeans and a black turtle neck. Steve Jobs' enthusiasm and wit were evident every time he took the stage.
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To see more on the life and legacy of Steve Jobs, look back at some of his most memorable moments , hear from those who were closest to him and take a look at the impact his creative spirit has had.

Share your thoughts and memories in the comments section below or at iReport.com.

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  1. JesusPacifism

    I realized today that I know absolutely nothing about Steve Jobs as a person. I know he made some electronic gadgets that probably have made everyone's lives suck more than they did before. But I'm not really sure what kind of person he is. I guess it's really none of my business that he's dead. I'm not sure why I'm supposed to care, aside from the fact that he is a human being. So, yeah, sucks that another human being died early. But 35000 children starved to death today. I'm not dissing SJ – like I said, I know nothing about him aside from his crappy inventions. But it's always kind of weird when the media at large expects some emotion from the public regarding a stranger's death but never mentions even a single name of a child who starved to death today. I guess it shows what our society values. Hmm. Ah well. RIP.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JayPam

    We pray for the family and friends of Steve Jobs. Life is like a Vapor! You never know when your last moment will be. We know we lost a 18 year old son in a very "UNUSUAL WAY"
    See his story and news video coverage at RacetoHeaven.com

    October 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew S.

      At some point, we all realize that Jesus isn't real. Yet only a few of us get to appreciate the face that we were correct.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. letgoofmyears

    Steve made his (and his company's) billions, not by "inventing" or "creating" anything, because nothing he "invented" was ever original. He simply put it in a pretty package, dumbed it down for the masses (well, by masses, I'm referring to the sheeple too dumb to realize that they were actually paying exorbitant amounts of money for sub-industry-standard electronics), then sued the living CRAP out of anyone that dared to make anything even resembling one of his "inventions".
    Apple products are NEVER even in the same ballpark with other devices, when it comes to features, because his purpose was to keep you on the hook. For example, if Apple were to introduce the iPhone 4S (which, as you'll notice, isn't even advanced enough to be called 5)with the same new features as say, an android phone, then they would have to REALLY work to actually have a new phone every year. Instead, he gives you a "new" phone every year, that really only has one or two "new" features, that have been on Droids and Blackberries for a while. And the sheeple eat it up, waiting in line days before launch so they can lick the boot straps of their apparent creator.
    I actually like Steve Jobs, don't get me wrong. The man was extremely intelligent, and from almost all accounts, a good human being, at least outside of his company, and may he RIP. But let's not canonize the man. He was the ruthless CEO of a ruthless tech firm. He and his company are to the tech industry what WalMart is to small business. Apple, Jobs, and their lawyers do more to squash innovation and development than probably any corporation in history.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mir

      Cool story bro. You really must love your job as a burger flipper. Have fun.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AS

      willful neglect of history, facts, and logical reasoning – if this is how you think – you might have some issues.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Let me guess – you shorted Apple stock and if enough people believe what you say, they may sell.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Rrrrriiiiggghhhhttttt

      Jealous are we?

      October 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DR

      Don't be mad just because you can't afford any Apple products....

      October 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      You really are a galaxy-scale imbecile.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Oh, and do you mean all those Android phones that look like clones of the iPhone, half-wit? Or maybe all those fail Android tablets that look like clones of the iPad?

      October 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilfred

      Listen here "Letgoofmyyears".

      If you cant appreciate Steve Jobs I don't know if you can appreciate anything in life.

      People around you must be miserable.

      What have YOU accomplished yourself?

      October 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cmist

      What the heck is wrong with you. Poor letgoofmyears. Do you want a bozo button or a cookie. Have fun in hell.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cake

    Steve Jobs was a hugely important influence in shaping modern technology. Agreeing or disagreeing with how he ran his corporation is an individual's opinion and right. Arguing with each other here is completely unnecessary and actually quite disrespectful to the life and accomplishments of Steve Jobs. Lets all just stop bickering and act like adults. A mature discussion is one thing, blatant insults thrown at the person posting above you is ridiculous.
    RIP Jobs, you will be missed and remembered.

    October 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      Wow. One of the most intelligent, well-written posts I've ever read, Cake. I agree completely. Thanks for injecting some sanity and civility. RIP Jobs.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DHarri

      I agree, this man accomplished more then most and we lost him at a young age by today's standards. I found it interesting that he left a 10 year plan behind for the company to continue without him. Simply an amazing man even in death. Thanks for everything Steve.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      @JustMe
      You're desperate for attention aren't you?

      October 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Meant that last one to be directed at HEY not JustMe lol. My bad

      October 7, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. GrandOldPatsy

    He was a great pitchman! Nothing really innovative though. Not the iPod, or the iPhone, nor his continuation of his terrible over-priced computers from his failed company before he came back to Apple.

    October 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Could you possibly be any dumber?

      October 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You gotta be kidding, right???

      You're talking about a man who started a business in his garage, and despite being a major minority in the PC market, has built the most valuable company in the world, and you don't think it was done through innovation?

      You must be a greater man than Steve Jobs. Please, tell us what you've done?

      Well?

      October 7, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Your audacity is just hard to absorb. Not innovative? What have you done?

      October 7, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lively01

    Brilliant visionary! May he rest in Peace!

    October 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. There are no gods!

    This guy understood "IT" Most of you here do not, never mind, the world needs it followers and nobodies to file folders and make calls or coffee so dont worry if you are a nobody. Just know that Steve Jobs totally got "IT" and if you are the above mentioned, well you just dont get "IT". And that is ok for you, live, die, do what ever; just understand that you are simply another number and nothing more.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • alateos

      Everyone is just a number regardless of any bs accomplishment on this earth. Perhaps "IT" doesn't really exist.

      October 7, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gummy BEAR

    Steve Jobs reaches the pearly gates and St. Peter asks what have you done to get into heaven....

    October 7, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sithlord

      Gummy, you won't even reach the gates, so pls Stfu

      October 7, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      As a Buddhist, Steve would say "Peter, I just bought the Pearly Gates. You are fired. Get out of my way!"

      October 7, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. wuzzup

    Steve Jobs truly left his mark on the world and we were lucky to bear witness to this extraordinary life...

    As for the comments thus far...

    The only marks most of you leave are brown stains where you last sat. You have nothing to offer other than petty insults and frivolous complaints. If I could travel back in time, I'd make certain your fathers received vasectomies...at gunpoint, if necessary.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fearfighter1

    God Speed Mr. Jobs!! I do not judge technical innovation by brand but how it benefits mankind. Technology was supposed to make us work less and smarter not dumb and work harder.. The innovation at apple will be missing a key element but I know the apple innovation will continue on! It's always great to see the underdog come back and kick a little A$$...

    October 7, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Uday

    Thanks Steve for wonderful mac OS , is better than any OS I had used till now

    October 7, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. DHarri

    The one thing I find interesting is the fact that many people in today's younger generation think that a lot of older people are turned off by technology or just don't know how to use them. Steve helped to close this gap for both the older and younger generations of today. The twenty somethings laugh at the older people baby boomers while forgetting that Steve was himself a baby boomer that created the very ideas and tools that most of the younger people use today. Just a thought.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. PathRifter

    If only Colleges could lead to the kind of success that Steve Jobs had. I hate to be a Negative Nancy, but that world your parents grew up in (and the one they always hammered into your head if they were like mine) is one big lie: That getting that college degree will equate to getting a good high paying job. The Reality is that colleges are so open and accessible to everyone and that our standards have fallen so abysmally low, your college bachelor’s degree is now the real world equivalent of a high school diploma: It’s not special, it’s not valuable, and everyone and their dog has one. Thus far for a great many people, all college has done is give them a nice piece of paper they can look at on their wall as they head out the door to their call center job or waiting tables. It used to be our parents would graduate college and then get a mortgage on a house. NOW, we students graduate college with as much debt as a mortgage…and THEN go get ANOTHER mountain of debt in the form of that House.

    The true visionaries like Steve Jobs here didn’t need a college education. Did it help, as with his example in this speech? Yes,(ONE class) but as he said himself, he wouldn’t have even been able to take that class if he was stuck in their strict scheduled, mapped out 4-year-plan of required classes. True visionaries like Jobs only needed the drive and passion to go out in life and do what they wanted, take what they wanted, and didn’t let a stupid thing like "no" get in their way. (Edit comment)

    October 7, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • DHarri

      While at the same time his parents lived in a moderate home and provided stability that gave him the luxury of tinkering around in the garage. I wonder if his parents had a college education, they were at least open to adopting and most likely instilled their own sense of education and curiosity in Steve's life to the point of fostering the person that he became.

      October 7, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      What in the hell are you talking about?!

      October 7, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      The simple reality is that there are very few visionaries that are like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates that can succeed without college. Starting something in the tech field without college is a huge handicap, and they both fortunately chose an industry where innovations were happening at a rapid pace to allow non-graduates to be considered on their merit.

      There are many, many college dropouts who become failures that you do not hear about, because well, they are not worth hearing about.

      For most people, going to college on a career track course (e.g. not English literature) helps their income tremendously.

      October 7, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. hmm

    if you listen closely you will hear crapple slipping in their own sweat

    October 7, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Well, aren't you the classy one? Thanks for your informed, helpful comment. Dolt.

      October 7, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. GW

    First of all, your typing shows the maturity of a 10 year old kid. Second, that's quite a few assumptions you're making without facts. How do you know he kicked people off the list? How do you know he never donated anything to charity? He was an extremely private man who didn't go around publicizing everything he did for media attention like other famous individuals I could name. And you're saying what goes around comes around? Did he kill someone so you're wishing him dead? Didn't think so. You sir, are simply jealous, another basic human emotion, at his achieving the American dream, from humble beginnings, through major obstacles and failures, to ultimate success.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
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