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iSad: Apple fans mourn Steve Jobs

By Staff and wire reports

LAST UPDATED: 02:03 p.m. HST, Oct 06, 2011

Photo Gallery: Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Hawaii residents and tourists joined the rest of the world in paying a tribute to Steve Jobs, the visionary inventor and corporate leader who changed the way many of us use the phone, listen to music, and work and play on computers.

At the Apple store on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, people left lei and condolence messages, some written in Japanese and Korean.

McCully resident Aleeh Nunn paused during an early-morning run through Waikiki to take photos with her iPhone of the makeshift memorial.

"It's nice to see that people here care," she said.

The death of Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive sparked an outpouring of grief around the world from Apple fans and competitors, as well as heads of state. In a sign of how pervasive the gadgets he spearheaded have become, much of the mourning was done on Apple gadgets: People held up pictures of candles on their iPads, reviewed his life on Macintosh computers and tapped out tributes on iPhones.

“I was so saddened. For me it was like Michael Jackson or Princess Diana — that magnitude,” Stephen Jarjoura said at the Apple Store in Sydney. His said Jobs left a legacy to rival Edison and Albert Einstein.

In the Ginza shopping district of Tokyo, people held up iPhones and iPads, their screens facing outward and displaying sharply defined, touchable graphics of flickering candles.

At an Apple Store in Hong Kong, old and new means of grief came together: People scribbled “RIP” and “We miss Steve” and longer notes of condolence on Post-It notes, and stuck them to an iPad display.

And at the 24-hour Apple Store in midtown Manhattan, the remembrances were more traditional. Passersby left flowers and candles, actual ones. Even there, people snapped pictures of the memorial with their iPhones.

Apple gave its home page over as a tribute to Jobs, and visitors who clicked through were shown an email address — rememberingsteve@apple.com — to share thoughts or memories about Jobs.

Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave in January — his third since his health problems began — and officially resigned as CEO in August. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the helm to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

Apple announced Jobs’ death Wednesday without specifying a cause. Jobs was 56.

Apple has sold 129 million iPhones and 29 million iPads. And in the decade since it revolutionized the music industry by offering “1,000 songs in your pocket,” it has sold 300 million iPods, or roughly enough to outfit every person in the United States.

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, a company that Apple once treated as Goliath to its David, then blew past in market value, said it was “an insanely great honor” to have known Jobs. A statement of grief came from Sony, whose Walkman and Discman were buried by the iPod.

Google added a link to the Apple site on its famously minimalist search page. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, thanked him for changing the world.

On Twitter, where the most popular “trending” topics change by the hour, “ThankYouSteve” and “iSad” were still high on the list a day after his death.

On Facebook, people posted revisions of the Apple logo, a stylized apple with a detached leaf and a half-moon bite taken out. One added a frown and tears to the apple. Another replaced the bite with a silhouette of Jobs himself.

Heads of state around the world added their thoughts. President Barack Obama said Jobs exemplified American ingenuity. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon bemoaned the loss of “one of the most visionary minds of our times.” India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, said he was “deeply saddened.”

In a tweet sent separately from his statement, Obama said, in his words, “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.”

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Steve, mahalo for bringing so much to the world, including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. RIP.
on October 6,2011 | 06:55AM
likewise wrote:
He really did change the world. I don't know of anyone who doesn't have an "i" something. We have multiple "I" and Apple products in our home and enjoy them tremendously.
on October 6,2011 | 10:02AM
peanut wrote:
Alright, now this is getting silly. Jobs was a brilliant CEO and visionary but people are honoring him like he was Mother Teresa or something. He just invented gadgets, yes iPods, iPhones, iwhatevers, they're just gadgets. This is what our culture has stooped to, so sad.
on October 6,2011 | 10:03AM
squidman22 wrote:
I agree. Yes, he was a successful business man and his story was inspirational. However, there are so many more people in the world that sacrificed and gave so much more to humanity and they never were honored at their death.
on October 6,2011 | 11:24AM
Manoa2 wrote:
It is a matter of how much the world changed because of him-- how we watch movies, how we buy and listen to music (what happened to the CD and the DVD?), how we do our work, how we arrange information and search for information at home-- we use our own PC's and laptops, how we look for information (we now have personal computers at home-- he was the one who made computers for everyone with the first Apple), how we interact with computers-- graphical interfaces and not text or code, and touch screens and not keyboards.
on October 6,2011 | 02:34PM
squidman22 wrote:
Manoa, you are talking about material things that he developed and sold to make money. As innovative as it was, he was just another businessman selling a product. You have a right to your opinion which is fine. I'm not getting on your case about that. It just seems the adoration shown now that he is dead seems disproportionate. Apple is gonna continue and keep selling and making technology. i just don't feel sad that the man has passed on.
on October 6,2011 | 04:36PM
BigOpu wrote:
He made the computer age a lot more User Friendly. How can you not love that?
on October 6,2011 | 10:11AM
kennysmith wrote:
i will miss him to, he had a good head on his body to look at thing everyone likes to see in a iPod and lot more to.
on October 6,2011 | 11:36AM
innocentBystander wrote:
"iSad"? You couldn't think of a better title than "iSad"? :C
on October 6,2011 | 12:24PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Without the early innovations from Jobs, Apple, and Xerox in the late 70's I wonder if IBM would have ruled for 20 - 30 years, and GUI driven Windows would be something that we'd only start to see now? Without Steve Jobs & company, we'd probably still be needing a DOS boot up floppy disk for our desktops today... imagine that.
on October 6,2011 | 05:22PM
LizKauai wrote:
Mahalo Ke Akua. Mahalo for the spirit he brought to his work and the work that produced a benefit to humanity. Steve Jobs' contribution to our global society may never be fully realized or appreciated. But we can still give thanks and pray for the progress of his soul. God Bless.
on October 6,2011 | 10:45PM
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