It has been one year since the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, and once again the Internet has taken time to remember its favorite tech icon. Though this year the remembrances don't match the outpouring of emotion from fans, luminaries, and pundits following Jobs' death, that doesn't mean they have forgotten either.
Apple remembers Jobs on its homepage.
Like last year, Jobs' memorial has taken up the entire Apple.com welcome screen. This year, it greets visitors with the video montage below, remembering all of Jobs' milestone contributions to the company.
Following the tribute, current CEO Tim Cook writes a heartfelt note:
Cook also sent out a separate note to employees, according to 9to5Mac's Elyse Betters.
Team, Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place. As you and I know firsthand, one of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future. I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. Thank you for dedicating your talents and so much of your lives to Apple. It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for. Tim
Friends and family remember Jobs' with untold stories.
Forbes got 56 friends and family to share personal tales of Jobs, which humanize the man people often call a jerk. Like, this double date with big wig Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen:
In the fall of 2006, my wife, Laura, and I went out to dinner with Steve and his brilliant and lovely wife, Laurene. Sitting outside of the restaurant on California Avenue in Palo Alto waiting for a table to open up, on a balmy Silicon Valley evening, Steve pulled his personal prototype iPhone out of his jeans pocket and said, ‘Here, let me show you something.’ He took me on a tour through all of the features and capabilities of the new device.
“After an appropriate amount of oohing and aahing, I ventured a comment. BlackBerry aficionado as I was, I said, ‘Boy, Steve, don’t you think it’s going to be a problem not having a physical keyboard? Are people really going to be okay typing directly on the screen?’ He looked me right in the eye with that piercing gaze and said, ‘They’ll get used to it.’
For the rest, including the time Steve Jobs hid his Porsche from Ross Perot, head to Forbes.
Considering Jobs' legacy.
The one year anniversary provides an excuse to think about Apple without Jobs.
Silicon Valley isn't as innovative without Jobs, Robert Scoble for the BBC.
But a stronger-than-ever Apple doesn't miss him, ComputerWorld's Gregg Keizer.
That's because Jobs prepared the company to succeed after his death, writes Wired's Marcus Wohlsen.
We can't really judge the company after one year, actually, adds Time's Harry McCracken.
No matter what, it will be impossible not to consider Jobs when talking about the Apple of now, from Ars Technica's Jacqui Cheng.
And, here's why we will never stop talking about him, from Wired's Mat Honan.
Counterpoint: Jobs death was the best thing that happened to Apple, from the notably anti-Apple Mike Daisey at the Daily Beast.
The physical memorials continue.
A year later, we still have people chronicling the man's life. The Madame Tussauds Hong Kong unveiled its Jobs' wax figurine.
The town of Odessa, Ukraine, also unveiled its physical memorial to Jobs, a two meter long steel palm engraved with the Apple logo.