Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Celebrating Steve Jobs

Jason Fried:

On the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing, Jony Ive reflected on the man he worked with for nearly 30 years. It was a lovely remembrance, primarily orbiting the sanctity of the creative process and the burbling of ideas. It reminded me about something else Jony said about Steve in shortly after his death:

“And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.” —Jonathan Ive

John Gruber quotes Ive’s remembrance.

Dave Mark (tweet, MacRumors):

Start off by going to Apple’s front page, check out the short film, “Celebrating Steve” and scroll down for the “Statement from the Jobs family”.

That pic of Steve slouched in an office chair, about 4 seconds in, struck me as familiar. Was that Susan Kare’s chair?

Jason Snell:

The fact that so much of Apple’s growth has happened since Jobs’s departure hasn’t reduced him at all. It would be relatively easy to argue that the success of Tim Cook’s Apple suggests that, despite everyone’s concern in the late days of 2011, the company actually could go on without Jobs at the helm. But that’s not what anyone thinks. Instead, Jobs is credited for putting Apple on the path that led to it becoming what it is today.


Update (2021-10-20): Joe Rossignol:

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs passing away on Tuesday, Apple shared a short film called “Celebrating Steve” on its website, and Apple has now made the video available on YouTube for those who may have missed it.

Tim Cook:

Steve believed that “people with passion can change the world for the better.” That’s the philosophy that inspired him to create Apple. And it lives in us today.

Scott Forstall:

Ten years ago today I lost a mentor, colleague, collaborator, design partner, and—most importantly—friend, when Steve Jobs left us too soon. He had an incalculable effect on everyone he impacted, which as far as I can tell, is everyone on the planet.

Michael Dell:

The royalty he was talking about would amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, and the math just didn’t work, because most of our customers, especially larger business customers, didn’t really want the Mac operating system[…] Steve’s proposal would have been interesting if it was just us saying, “OK, we’ll pay you every time we use the Mac OS” -- but to pay him for every time we didn’t use it … well, nice try, Steve!”

James Dempsey:

To honor the memory of Steve Jobs on the tenth anniversary of his passing, I was joined by thirty-two members of the Apple tech community to record a song that has special meaning to us—and hope it will for you too.

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The most spectacular thing about Steve's legacy is that, in addition to his work having profoundly impacted many industries, he built such solid and deep foundations with Apple that even after so long the company still achieves its enormous commercial success on the same foundations, technologies. and products he helped create.

Steve knew they need to make bigger iPhone aka iPhone 6 Plus. That decision was done during his final year, as shown in document and emails revealed by court. Apple / Tim Cook basically took on that strategy and execute it to perfection for the next 4 years. That is 2015.

Arguably speaking most of current Apple success are still Jobs strategy and vision.

I missed this yesterday, and can't find it anywhere now. Apple's homepage has no mention of him just a day after. Searching for "Celebrating Steve", all I can find are links to the homepage. Apple seems to have taken down every copy of the video uploaded to Youtube. Anyone found a permalink?

The Internet Archive has you covered ;-)


(this is how I watched it this morning)


Seems a bit abrupt, vanishing the tribute the very next day. Wasn’t Apple’s memorial for Rosa Parks linked from the homepage for a while after? I get the significance of yesterday’s date, but deleting it straight after? Whiplash!

Kevin Schumacher

@John Muir What do you mean they've taken down every copy? It's posted here on their official channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeSAjK2CBEA

@Kevin Schumacher, it wasn't on their YouTube channel yesterday. For (most of?) yesterday, it had simply disappeared from Apple's website and official channels.

Correct. I searched YouTube as soon as I read about it at 512pixels, Daring Fireball and MacRumors, all of which simply pointed to apple.com where it no longer appeared. YouTube had several copies, all the same length, but every one was taken down by Apple's request. For about a day, there was nowhere to see it besides the Wayback Machine.

Apple fixed it in the end, as you say. But yesterday was strange!

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