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. DHarri

    At what point will China dissect his latest creations and start duplicating them in the various markets. Obama addressed these types of issues in his speech today concerning the theft of intellectual property by the Chinese.

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

    Love him or not, he was a force unequal to most, in my life time anyway. I've been a huge admirer of his since 1981 when I was playing on an Apple II. I cannot begin to imagine the depth of loss his loved ones must be feeling.

    I'm sure I'll be ridiculed by all the nattering nabobs of negativity because of the following, but I don't care. So...

    "Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

    October 7, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    Um... so you don't really know what you're talking about, but wanted some attention, right? Congratulations, your keyboard works...

    October 7, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Giorgio Versantes

    iRIP Steve! I know you are in iHeaven changing the way all is done there. As you are in your iCloud store you will see all the iAngels staying in line all night to try to get their knew iWings with new camera , retina feathers , super charged processor!! Please want to preorder one of those!! See you there!

    October 7, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    Well, let's see...

    At the very least, he kicked off the personal computer revolution that allowed for ordinary people, and not just huge corporations, to own computers, much like the one you used to post your idiotic comment.

    The GUI interface, considered a failed technology by Xerox PARC, Steve's vision managed to make it a viable solution to become more productive using our personal computers. He perfected it so much so, that Microsoft saw fit to copy it.

    Oh, you can add the mouse under that category as well...

    The magazines that you read, most of which historically were, and still are produced on Macs allowed your favorite publications to be published at a much lower price that would have been possible on a PC, because of the ease of use and stability they provided.

    I'm sure I don't even need to mention the iPod, iPad, iPhone...

    But more importantly, how about the direct contribution to society in that the 245 U.S. based Apple Stores that employs countless numbers of people? How many people do you employ?

    If you don't call any of that innovation, I sure would like to know what your definition of innovation is.

    So, unless you have some concrete proof that you can present in this forum that Steve Jobs kicked people off the donation lists, keep your hatred to yourself. In fact, take a page from Steve Jobs and strive to leave this world a better place than you came into it.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tyokol

    "Obama sucks as a president, I wish McCain got elected instead" –Steve Jobs.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve Jobs used our communist enemy's slave labor

    to take care of himself & his shareholders. He brought useful and enjoyable devices to the world. He never learned how to take care of himself physically during his time on earth and exploited millions of suppressed peasants in order to propel himself. Morally and ethically, Steve Jobs deserved no quarter, when it came to longevity. The world will suffer the loss of nothing, with is absence; other than possibly his financial and social acquaintances. The media's waxing poetic. They're looking away from the chinese slave labor that Steve Jobs enabled America's communist enemy to profit monetarily, and industrially, with.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      No.

      October 7, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You're an idiot...

      Jealous much?

      October 7, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Weird

      you weird

      October 7, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Puke

      October 7, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Petey

      What you say is true, but he was innovative and did bring much forward in the way of technology, but his ways differ from no others of exploiting the weak, and if u think it's not true take a look at what the "Coltan Wars" are about.

      October 7, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    Oh, and as far as donations go, how do you know that he's donated nothing of his personal fortune? Not everyone advertises that they have contributed. Steve kept his personal life very guarded. The most anyone knows of his personal life is speculation at best. But knowing Steve Jobs desire to make the world a better place for everyone, I wouldn't be surprised that he's donated a significant percentage of his personal wealth. He just doesn't need to brag about it to make himself look and feel better.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    Some people's comments here are so absurd that I feel the need to interject. How on earth did Steve Jobs and/or Apple "steal" from the poor to benefit the "rich"? That is such an ignorant and baseless "thought process", if I can even call it that. Just how were any of the millions of Apple product purchases not made by choice? A man and company are demonized for producing a product other people desire? This board is cluttered with a bunch of socialist idiots who have no comprehension for the value of creation and free choice. What would you prefer, that all people are equally miserable, rather than everyone having an equal chance to improve their lives and succeed? Socialist and communists are more selfish and corrupt than capitalists ever could be. Go ahead and ask any German from the east just how "great" socialism and communism are and how evil the greedy capitalist are.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Hector Mendez, MD; Puerto Rico USA

      A 2nd Grade Classroom talking about Great Inventions in October 5 2021

      Teacher asks "Who invented the old light bulbs?"
      Some raised their arms, one answered "Thomas Edison teacher"

      Teacher asks: "Who invented the old phones?"
      Some raised their arms, one answered "Alexander Graham Bell teacher"

      Teacher asks" "Who invented "The iPads"?
      All of them raised their arms, most anwered: "Mr. Steve Jobs, from Apple"

      October 7, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I agree with your criticism of the comments. However, socialism and communism are far cries from each other and it's disingenuous to repeatedly lump the two together. Scandinavia is a perfect example of how capitalism and socialism can live in perfect harmony.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      well, you know, obviously, anyone who busts his hiney to make some money is evil and if someone isn't raking it in, it's the Man holding him down. anyone with a fifth grade education knows that.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • octopus

      Exactly...

      @Eric: Scandinavian countries are capitalist countries with strong emphasis on social services, just like Canada. Venezuela is a socialist country.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      Just let him rest, have some respect.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      Dear Hector, the old phone has been invented by Antonio Meucci. Just change the teacher :-).
      Best Regards.

      October 7, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • angrynotmad7

      I have never purchased any of Jobs products...................and never will. I never had a need for them.

      October 7, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Kent

    >Steve Jobs used our communist enemy's slave labor

    Get a life. Just about everything sold in the US comes from Red China. Why are you guys singling out Apple when every other company does the same thing?

    October 7, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. selvarajan

    I have a contrarian view based solely on facts not on emotions –
    1) Jobs cheated all his customers – The difference between BOM (bill of material) & actual product price was 30% to 80% – all customers of Apple thus paid lot more than any other tech product.
    2) Jobs first job was at Atari. He asked his partner to complete the job. Atari paid Jobs $5000 but jobs paid his partner only $300. He cheated even his own partner!
    3) He was not a genius. The Mac GUI was taken from Xerox company, The iPhone touch screen idea came from Palm Inc., iPad of course was a ripoff of Microsoft Tablet.
    4) iPhone A5 Chip design is made by Samsung, batteries and cover designs are from China so he made no design breakthrough.
    5) When ever he started on his own, he failed Eg. Newton Pad was utter failure
    6) He was the worst leader and CEO. He held up a meeting for 4 hours because a particular species of Lilly flower was not present in the meeting room !!
    7) He even cheated in his personal life. He fathered a daughter and disowned her saying even that he was 'sterile'. Later due to law process, he accepted her as his daughter.
    Of course there are lots more ... but all you need to do is look beyond the hype generated by media – especially the US media

    October 7, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      He charged what his customers would pay. That's not cheating, it's capitalism.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rahul

      You are a disgusting human being Mr Selvarajan, You are one of those who have never created anything in life or done anything meaningful and just want to pick on people who did.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Senthil

      You state that those are facts and yet state that he cheated and that hes not a genius which is really your baseless opinion in your attempt to be an iconoclast. Since when did profit making become cheating or crime? Are you saying people should sell their product based on the BOM/cost price? So what if he took his ideas from Xerox and Palm. He bought quality products to mainstream. I had a palm phone for years and palm was a solid OS but there was no mass appeal with a thriving market place. What would be original to you ? Invention of the wheel? Regardless of what you think about him, he changed the world with quality products and he could hold an audience together for hours together. Can you do that? At the end of the day its how you serve and inspire people and he did well at that. You must be ashamed at yourself for spewing such venom at a great visionary at this point of time.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Cherri H

      His greatest triumph was to be able to cheat the world , making them think he is some genius innovator and tech god. But he is just a crafty salesman.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Copy

      And the Iphone was actually a copy of LG Prade which was produce one year before the iphone.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Copy

      And the Iphone was actually a copy of LG Prada which was produce one year before the iphone.

      October 7, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Erica

      Seriously?! At 12 or 13, he took initiative to contact Bill Hewlett (HP) to get parts so he could build a frequency counter, went on to co-create the Apple I and Apple II, which absolutely revolutionized personal computing. He also had the foresight to patent things. Smart business move for anyone who's in the technology biz.

      October 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • MomOf3

      @Erica, I totally agree! Most people are only commenting/complaining about the iPhone, iPod and iPads, but Apple brought personal computing into our HOMES! Before, HP and Honeywell and other various companies, were servicing mainframe company projects and the gov't/military. Before Apple II in 1977, home computing was practically unheard of! Steve Jobs is more responsible for the way that people access information and contact people around them. Without the innovation of Apple, you might not be on the computer/Internet the way you are today!

      October 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    WoW,guys u amazed me!The person is dead.Who cares if he was bad or not?Why all that hatred?Dont you have any respect in yourselves?U didn't know him,nor did I,so we are not allowed to continue such conversations.No matter if they are based on facts or not,we haven't been there,we don't know.So stop arguing.After all,THAT PERSON GAVE THE WORLD ONE OF THE BEST COMPANIES!SO STOP BEING SO MEAN,SWALLOW YOUR JEALOUS (IF U CAN) AND SHOW A LITTLE RESPECT!

    October 7, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tigresse

    I think he should be respected as an innovator and astute businessman. You don't often find this combination in people who are innovators nor do you in people who are strictly talented at business and making money. He had both, in spades. I think that he faced his illness and death with courage, wit and dignity. His legacy should be remembered for these things and those of you who are mean spirited or cannot respect the dead and give them their due, you should just refrain from commenting. However, I do believe that capitalism has engendered too much greed in society and that the middle class is dwindling in most westernized nations because of it. A small or weak middle class is the red flag for more fascist political times ahead, if we don't change it. That's what's happening on the sit-in in Wall St. right now. Americans need to wake up. Steve Jobs: may you rest in peace and thank you for the gifts you shared during your lifetime.

    October 7, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Azeem

    Really surprised with the type of comments at the start. I hope those wrote that know that no one is perfect, else they would be GOD.

    For that matter, each of us have a dark side that only we know so lets stop being nasty and recognize a man who has achieved quite a bit, not on his own but a team and brought a bit of a difference, however little it may be, in our daily lives.

    Keep aside politics, economics etc and share the grief with those close to him.

    Stave.. RIP...!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Zach

    The sad thing is I am willing to bet 90% of the people bashing Steve Jobs on here own an Apple product or have at one point in time...Steve Jobs openly admitted to "stealing" the ideas of others...but it's how he improved them and introduced them to the masses in his products that proves his ingenuity...Apple may not have the absolute best products out on the market but it's hard to argue that they don't have easiest interface to use...and to the masses ease of use is more important than top performance...thank you Steve Jobs for giving humanity the tools to make the world a better place

    October 7, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
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