I'm really sad about Steve Jobs. Sad because of what I assume it means. Sad for him and his family. Sad for the rest of us, almost all of whom have benefitted from his genius, even if you aren't a Macolyte like me. (I converted pretty late myself, at the age of 39.) Sad because, while I believe Apple will survive and continue to thrive, Jobs is an inspirational and iconic figure in the Valley...a symbol of the great come-back, the wronged entrepreneur who proved the others wrong, a symbol of rewarding risk-taking and genius, not only bottom-line thinking. Is everything he symbolizes accurately describe or define everything he is? Well, most of us can never know. But symbols are about meaning, not pure facts. Sigh.
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- I can't imagine it means anything but that, Susan.Aug 24, 2011
- I agree. It's very sad.Aug 24, 2011
- Macolyte! I know some people just love Apple for their design since the beginning. For me, though, Apple didn't really hit its stride until OSX. It was Jobs who reinvented what the Mac was. Maybe he had to step away (from being run out) to get some thinking time, and maybe Apple needed to come within a breath of death under Scully, for the Jobs magic to happen when he returned. I don't know.
I hope that he has successfully instilled his spirit into the culture of the company. Sad about what we assume his stepping down means. But he can keep working, it sounds like, and that's a blessing for anyone fighting illness, especially for someone so defined by what he creates.Aug 24, 2011
- I am sad too. I am not a macolyte, but have embraced the iPhone since the day I saw it (thanks Chris), because it was so easy to see the impact it would have on everyone, not just techies, or people who used computers regularly. I look at my 80 year old mother with her iPad, and she's going through withdrawals this week because she's staying with a friend who doesn't have Wifi. She is now chomping at the bit to get a phone that she can text on - which of course will be an iPhone. As someone who cannot drive herself anymore, I KNOW these tools have impacted her quality of life in a few areas.
And, retail, -- I've been so impressed with the impact there. I am continually amazed at the good feeling I have when I leave the crowded Apple store. I'm not amazed because I was able to buy what I wanted, but because of the amazing service and experience, crowd and all.
I hope he finds some contentment in knowing what a huge impact he's had, though it has to be frustrating to not be able to change the one thing that matters most. Having said that, for the type of cancer he has, I'm guessing he's fought the fight longer than most.Aug 25, 2011
- Why a phone instead of a 3G iPad?Aug 30, 2011
- I am someone who reluctantly switched to Mac... because my husband, a macolyte, refused to keep doing tech support for my Windows machine! It was the iPhone, as Laurie said, that totally changed my life though. Before that I could leave the cell phone at home and never think about it-- after the iPhone, those days were over... Jobs inspired me by showing that creative vision could be as important as technical know-how, and that it pays to stick to your true vision, rather than keep putting out "good enough" versions. It's a sad thing to see him step down.Aug 31, 2011