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Germans remember Steve Jobs with flowers at Apple shops

The Local · 6 Oct 2011, 14:42

Published: 06 Oct 2011 14:42 GMT+02:00

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Tributes were left outside the shops in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich.

Staff inside the Hamburg shop, surrounded by the fruits of his pioneering business sense and computing creativity, had been banned from discussing Jobs.

“His thoughts will continue to live in the products,” said one customer named Paul, walking past rows of iPads and iPhones to as he left the shop on Thursday.

Jobs only stepped down from his position leading Apple in August as the advanced stage of his pancreatic cancer took its toll on his health.

News of his death flew around the world, leaving political and business leaders struggling to express how much he had changed the world, putting a computer in practically every home.

German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler praised him as a great example of a businessman, “he was something of an icon,” he said, adding that his death was a loss beyond the business world.

“Steve Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of his time. He prepared the way into the digital world and enriched the lives of billions of people,” said Dieter Kempf, president of BITKOM, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media.

Perhaps one of the telling signs of Jobs' impact was offered in the Hamburg shop as an older woman asked for a condolence book.

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A staff member her to an Apple computer and said she was welcome to write an email and send it to the company’s headquarters in California.


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16:23 October 6, 2011 by Beachrider
I was never an ardent admirer of Steve Jobs, during his career. He certainly blazed some important trails and embodied a style of changing business that is widely embraced in the Western World, probably even wider now.

As I find myself in my mid-50s, the mortality of such people becomes more personal. The indestructible feel of life gets shaken several times a year.

What I really take away from his passing is that we need to not-put-off things that are opportunities and enjoy every day of our lives.
12:29 October 7, 2011 by Shirazz
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.'' - Steve Jobs

I've had i-phone for 4 years, but just learnt about the inventor the last two days.

Remarkable man. Rest in peace, Steve.
12:57 October 7, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I guess 'Greed' and 'Inequality' and being the '1%' only count when Hippies don't use your product.

He was worth over $7 billion, the CEO world's No. 2 most valuable corporation, not to mention American. One of the richest people in the world, yet does not appear on the top '50 American Philanthropists'.

Not that I care, its a free country. I'm just saying. ' This is What Hypocrisy looks like. '
18:01 October 7, 2011 by AJS
to the Editors. Let us not forget that Jobs was a CO-founder of Apple. There were two others with him, but the only relevant one was Steve Wozniak who actually provided the machine (The Apple I) that made the company's first money.

I do realize that the Gen-X/Yers are more and more ignorant of history, but the history of Apple didn't start with the MAC or the I-POD.
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