We’re generally all about Android, but we couldn’t let the passing of Steve Jobs go without a note from AppsGeyser. I have a confession. I’ve only used a Mac computer a few times. I’ve used an iPod touch a handful of times, mostly to play AngryBirds. I’ve played with an iPad, just to get an idea of the technology. I’ve never used an iPhone, except when it was serving as a WiFi hotspot for my Android.
Here’s the thing, though. I use Windows. The Windows 95 interface and everything that followed it was heavily influenced by the Mac interface. I use multiple fonts in Microsoft Word, again, something heavily influenced by Mac.
I use an Android phone. The Android may not look like the iPhone, but it certainly draws from its design in significant ways. Apple has revolutionized computing. They’ve revolutionized user interface. And they did it all under the leadership of Steve Jobs.
Jobs came from humble beginnings. He was the son of an unwed mother, put up for adoption, adopted by a father who hadn’t even finished high school. He went to college for a single semester, and then audited classes so that he could learn what he felt was interesting. He had failures. He was fired from Apple, a company he started, and rehired several years later.
He had vision, though. His vision took a company from a small start-up to the highest valued company in the world. And his vision made him a man so incredible that the President of the United States spoke about his death this morning, saying that “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.” Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google released a statement saying that he had always sought inspiration from Jobs. Industry leaders, personal friends, and industry blogs have written tributes to him. Google’s tribute isn’t a traditional Doodle, but a simple Steve Jobs 1955-2011 with a link to Apple’s website.
Other tributes include (this is just a very small sampling of the hundreds of tributes there are):
Louis Gray’s An Irreplaceable Icon
Hillel Fuld’s I Will Miss You Steve
Bill Gates on the Passing of Steve Jobs
President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak’s Tribute (video)
Android Pit’s In Memoriam
Goodbye, Steve Jobs. You will be missed.