I thought it would be a little bit of time before I would even have to think about a post like this, but I guess you’re never ready.
Steve Jobs is gone. It has become reality. And I never thought it would be this hard.
My first memory of Apple was in the third grade. The desktop computer was quite clunky back then. But there was a beauty about it. My class used the computers to play educational vocabulary games.
There was a certain magic about pressing the power button. The amazing sound. The Apple logo. When you turned on a Macintosh computer—even as a third grader—the feeling was indescribable. Anything was possible when you turned on the product.
The first Apple product I ever owned came quite late. My dad purchased a MacBook for me to take to college. Opening the box was a thrill. I used my white MacBook all the way up until this year, when it could not hold a charge any longer.
I think the most challenging thing in life is to say goodbye. No one is ever ready. And when it’s gone, you don’t know what to say, and you don’t have the words.
Tonight, I lost much more than an excellent but replaceable product. The World and I lost Steve Jobs — hardly a product, hardly someone replaceable. He will be forever missed.
As you and I mourn the loss of such a tremendous, influential and disruptive person, I urge you to remember that life is never as long as you think it may be. The cliche “Live everyday to the fullest” seems to ring true here. After doing a bit of reflection tonight, I had no idea that Steve’s influence would have such an impact on me, but it has. I sit here in silence, still trying to understand what has happened.
If you haven’t watched it yet, make it a point to watch Steve’s commencement address at Stanford from 2005, only a few years ago.
Rest in peace Steve. You will be missed so much. But you will also be remembered forever.
Despite no iPhone 5 (and investors not being too pleased), Apple fans were delighted today when the company announced the iPhone 4S in Cupertino. It wasn’t Apple’s most exciting announcement, but despite this, the phone is pretty darn cool. The new features and upgrades certainly make it worth the purchase.
Dan Frommer has an excellent post about why users should not be disappointed, and he’s right. The iPhone 4S will be the best smartphone on the market when released. Aside from a faster processor, updated camera and other spec upgrades, Siri seems to be the biggest addition — a personal assistant controlled by your voice.
While iPhone 4 owners may not be too thrilled about the 4S, any other smartphone owner has to seriously consider dropping a few hundred bucks on one of these. Also, Sprint users must be thrilled to finally get the phone on their network. As for myself, I’ll be preordering one of these babies on October 7th. Anything is better than the HTC Droid Incredible I have now.