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.
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.