R.I.P. Steve Jobs. I disagreed with the former Apple chief executive’s hardcore intellectual property stance, and the fact that Apple’s products are manufactured in China, when I think a company as quintessentially American as Apple should make its products here at home.
Regardless, today is a very sad day for all of us Apple fans. You will be greatly missed. And on behalf of Apple fanboys everywhere, I wanted to thank you for just a few of the things you’ve achieved:
1) For a while you personally responded to journalists’ and customers’ emails first from your iPhone, and then from your iPad. Ridiculously cool to take the time out of your busy day to do that.
2) There was a brief time in 2007, during the first few weeks of iPhone frenzy (when most people didn’t have one), when merely resting an iPhone on the bar or table at an East Village watering hole would quite literally get you noticed by everyone in the place. It was that remarkable and sexy.
3) You delivered the tablet computer and mobile phone of the future that we were promised in sci-fi novels and movies five decades ago. Think about this, readers, the next time you make a FaceTime call from your iPhone, stunning video and audio quality taken entirely for granted. The quality is actually better than the AT&T video phone in 2001: A Space Odyssey (video clip here).
4) You made it truly cool to be an entrepreneur and a business person again. In a cynical age where young Americans increasingly despise their corporate leaders, it was impossible to dislike the brilliant billionaire in the black turtleneck and blue jeans. You inspired a new generation of tech innovators.
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