The world responds to Steve Jobs' death

The world responds to Steve Jobs' death
Steve Jobs passed away today. This time, it’s not a lie, but it’s still hard to believe it that the world has lost one of his greatest visionaries, an innovator, an inspiration, a great human being. His family has issued the following statement:

"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

Below are reactions from politicians, tech leaders and friends.

President Obama issued an official statement on the White House blog:

"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

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."

Apple's new CEO Tim Cook said:

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

Bill Gates, probably the biggest rival to Jobs in his professional career said:

"I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone 

Steve has touched through his work.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."

Sergey Brin, co-founder and CEO of Google posted on Google Plus: 

"From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple."

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg shared his feelings:

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and friend summarized: 

"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself."

New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg compared him to the greatest:

"Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come. Again and again over the last four decades, Steve Jobs saw the future and brought it to life long before most people could even see the horizon. And Steve’s passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live brought us more than smart phones and iPads: it brought knowledge and power that is reshaping the face of civilization. In New York City’s government, everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives have harnessed Apple’s products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively. Tonight our City – a city that has always had such respect and admiration for creative genius – joins with people around the planet in remembering a great man and keeping Laurene and the rest of the Jobs family in our thoughts and prayers."

Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon, said:

"Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."

Director George Lucas commented on the magic of Steve:

"The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision."

Walt Disney’s Bob Iger said:

"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."

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski extended his thoughts and prayers:

"We have lost an American hero. Steve Jobs is irreplaceable, but he will inspire people for generations – to innovate, to tackle great challenges, to do what you love, to change the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop responded to the news:

“Steve’s passion for simplicity and elegance leaves us all a legacy that will endure for generations. Today, my thoughts, and those of everyone at Nokia are with the friends and family that he leaves behind.”

Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung said:

"Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs’ passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences.

Chairman Steve 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."



1. Sam unregistered

Great man, Steve Paul Jobs, a true intellectual.

9. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Steve Jobs, truly a man u have to respect. Android love

2. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

What about Tim Cook? did he say anything?

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yes, I've included his statement as well. We'll keep on updating the page as more people share their feelings and thoughts.

4. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

i tip my hat to you steve.....:|

5. C'mon unregistered

2nd bolded name... L2read ;)

6. bbblader unregistered

Even we the people who dont like apple must say that withought steve there would be symbian and wp7 RIP Steve Jobs

13. joak unregistered

i hope and pray that no one speaks like this off you when you die... RIP Steve Jobs...You will be greatly missed

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

well if the last part of what you said is true, then you are friends with some retards. Blame yourelf

27. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ Firedrops. 1. Products Apple has released this year have been incremental upgrades, and they have said as much. 2. Building up hype is just part of doing business. Whether or not they believe the product is going to be revolutionary, they're going to try to convince the customers that it is. 3. Steve Jobs died of natural causes. They did not set the date for an event that takes tons of planning around a prediction of the exact day that Steve Jobs would pass away. 4. You think problems/kinks with such a device can be ironed out in a week? Moreover, you think that they would just give up with less than a week to go? Your comment is a mess of misinformation and lack of understanding of how businesses operate. If you are going to be a conspiracy theorist, at least try to employ some logic.

11. anil sharma unregistered

hands off to sir steve jobs

12. tedkord

Posts: 17388; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A great man, a genius, an innovator and leader. You don't have to own an Apple product to recognize the impact this giant had. We're all a little poorer without him. I'm typing this on an Android phone, fully aware that without his vision, this device would look radically different. It's a true shame anyone has to die of such a miserable disease, but seems a tragic waste for someone of his stature, almost like he should have died more heroically. Condolences to his family and friends. Take some small comfort in knowing how much he changed the world.

15. wow unregistered

Yes, sad day indeed...As he was well known for his business sense as much as for his philanthropy achievements.

16. ShaqEVO unregistered

He's the greatest. No Doubt.

20. Phullofphil

Posts: 1817; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

you worthless peice of waste. this is a memorial coment section. Its not a spot for you to sell your knock off fake chinese crap on a phone website. get real you tool

18. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs, all though im in no way a fan of apple, i admire him for taking his ideas in his head and making them function, and best of all make millions appreciate it.

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1817; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

rip buddy

19. CNachoZzZ unregistered

Rest in Peace Mr. Jobs, you will be missed dearly. Even as an Android user myself, I cant say I wasn't saddened by this news. Being honest, at times I would say this or that about i-products, but in the end, would find myself being the one looking online for the newest iPhone or iPod, just to compare it to competition. The android user who would look for streaming videos online of the latest and greatest out of Apple Events. As that person, some of us would defend our OS to the death (not speaking literally) but at the same time, you cannot deny this man's intelligence and drive for excellence when it came to Apple products. So I think that NONE of us are really "fanboys" of any particular phone or platform. but instead, we're simply fans of technology and innovation. whether we decide one over another, Steve Jobs was definitely one of those men who made us look forward to what technology has to offer for our generation, as well as generations to come. So from ALL technology lovers out there, Thank you Steve Jobs! your inspiration will live on, you will never be forgotten...

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1817; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What makes me sad is these ceo's and whoever usually are fake profit drivin people that really have little or no morrals. I really wish that the things they wrote are heart fealt and not just what there suposed to say cause we all know that steves passing will inderectly or directly help other companies grow or shrink off of the sweat of what Steve Jobs accomplished, and that makes me sick to my stomache. I cant say i loved steve cause well i did not know the real person. But to here these people say stuff like they were coming from a hallmark card makes me think they were not sincere as much. Maybe they were just saying what they had to say so there companies can look good in front of the national media or for public support And to act like they sympathise with them. In reality some of them are just worried or sickenly exited to see how this affects their companies or investments in other companies. Or worse yet where in the stock market to invest there money or where to pull there money out. . And to the non ceos just to say somthing that is said that is best political for there future of what ever they are doing. I know there are most of them that are sincere but people are fake any more and will say anything to get in the limelight. I am really tired did not sleep yet but what i got to say about this is Steve i dont know you, I know that your decisions on making products and implamenting software ideas in the long run were really to make money. I mean your a leader of a {well thanks to you mostly} huge company that i wish i would have bought stock in. I just believe in my tired little heart you cared about more than that. I think you are like a great athlete like micheal jordan or walter peyton. You had that drive to succede. I think no matter what you did you would have either been one of the greatest at it. People like you have not only drive but the ability to implament your ideas and project your enthousiasm on to other people to show them that where you want to go is the best way. That made you the kind of person that made people want not only to follow you where ever you went but to trust you to get there. Like moses bringing his people to the promis land. I say it like that because i believe that even though you got them to the promis land you your self left us way to early to actually expierenc it for your self. and look back and say well everybody we made it. YOu left a bright future for apple to build on and i hope the people that our next in line can continue the journy and someday take what you built into the next chapter of the great epic story of APPLE.. There are some great minds there but without there leader, the glue that heald everything together, that apple is in a very bad spot of falling apart. No matter how much you mentor somebody there eventually are going to do things there own way. I hope i am wrong but histery says apple minus Steve Jobs=failure. RIP Steve Jobs

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1817; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

One more thing. I hope atliest you hookes god up with an LTE iphone5 with a bigger screen and not the 4s. I actually believe in my heart if you were still in charge you would have either found a way or waited a little longer and delivered an LTE version. What good is all that power in that phone if most of the time i am streaming somthing like youtube video and have to wait every 10 seconds for the phone to download more of the video

24. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

America responded by spending more money on his product. Huh

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's nice to read some of these statements. One thing I don't get is why commenters keep having to clarify they're not Apple fans. If you want to leave a comment go ahead but no one really cares if you're an Apple fan or not.

26. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The guy was preety smart & sharp. We must accept it!

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Truly is sad. Hands down, he was a visionary.

29. FromMCRSFTdept unregistered

Never was a big Apple fan, and sold against them for years. However, with that being said, I respected Steve Jobs highly. The way he innovated the music, internet, and phone industry is unmeasurable. He was truly a genius, and as a programmer/inventor myself, I can only hope to do something as great as Steve Jobs. He will be missed.

30. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

I'm deeply saddened by this news. St eve my buddy is gone!!!!!!!!!! I'll greatly miss you. I've never owned any of your products. But surely they were all great products with exceptional quality. Wish I could get me a macbook pro 17'' for $500 bucks. I'll miss you Steve. MY DEEPEST AND MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES!!! MAY YOU REST IN THE BOSOM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!! AMEN!!!

31. qwqw unregistered

Millions of people better than Steve Jobs have died and nobody cared. Apple is a fashion brand like Prada. Apple did not "innovate", they simply made their own versions of technology already invented by other people, and people bought the Apple branded stuff because of the Apple name. What was Apple first at? What about the Commodore PET, Xerox PARC and Alto, GEOS graphical user interface, Amiga, Atari ST, Diamond Rio MP3 player, Palm Pilot, Blackberry, HP iPaq, Microsoft Tablet PC, etc., etc., etc.? Steve Jobs was not an engineer and did not even know how to write a computer program. Where was his genius? Apple fired him in 1985 because he was such a jerk and a bad businessman. Even Apple products were not created by Steve Jobs, but by actual engineers such as Steve Wozniak, who Steve Jobs stabbed in the back.

32. wqwqwq unregistered

whoa..."Pirates of Silicone Valley" was just a movie man. im pretty sure there are some fictional parts to it. It's funny to see that Jobs was re-hired to Apple, probably because he was good at being a "jerk and bad businessman" I agree that there were many people who have died that deserved recognition, but you're mad bc when they died, they did not get flowers, apples, cards and sticky notes in memory of them? my friend, you are SMOKING CRACK if you believe Apple didn't innovate anything. either that or you do not know the definition of "Innovation"

33. deeps unregistered

unfortunately i never got to use an apple product but i had loved to hold one when ever i got chance and always wondered how any product of this brand could reach to such a perfection in all angles a tribute to The man Himself Steve Jobs..i plan to order an iphone 4s..thats all i can do for the genius of technology world...hatts off to u...

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