On the evening of Oct. 5, a light went out in the world when Steve Jobs, the former co-founder, CEO and chairman of Apple Inc., passed away after a longtime battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer dating back to 2004. Jobs was 56.
That night, millions of people took to various social networks like Facebook and Twitter to express their condolences and sympathies towards Jobs, the man responsible for some of the world's best computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and music players, and the original inventor of many of those genres.
"R.I.P Steve Jobs," tweeted NBA MVP LeBron James. "Someone who definitely left his mark on this world! Innovations that will live and last forever!!"
"Rest in peace, Steve Jobs," tweeted President Barack Obama. "From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day-including ours."
"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor," tweeted Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates. "I will miss Steve immensely."
Following the immense outpouring of sympathy towards Jobs and his family, people around the world wrote letters to Apple, remembering Steve and the mark he left on the world. On the first anniversary of his death, here are a select number of the best letters written to Apple's visionary, Steve Jobs. Apple only attached the first names of these letters' authors, but they can all be read on Apple's website here.
"Da Vinci, Mozart, Newton, Franklin, Jobs. Nobody is out of place at that table. RIP Steve," wrote Nick.
"The co-founder of Apple, a genius, a person who made this world different for millions or probably billions of people passed away! He was a bottomless source of inspiration for his colleagues and friends, and proved to everyone BUT absolutely EVERYONE that efforts and dedication to what one does can make this world better! His unique genius introduced PIXAR as one of the the world's greatest if not the greatest cartoon companies. He is gone, but his main and undoubtedly most magnificent foundation will stay with us and every day hundreds and thousands of people all over the globe will pick up their IPHONES, IPODS, IPADS, MACBOOKS and remember him as one of the most incredible persons of all times!" wrote Vadim.
"Just want to share my condolences with the Apple team and Jobs family. It's been a pleasure, Steve! Thank you for changing my world," wrote Alan.
"Steve, In years to come, your story will begin like that of a fairy tale. We will all say, 'Once upon a time, there was a man named Steve. Steve Jobs...' Thank you for making our fairy tales and dreams more real and tangible than we ever could have imagined. You, Steve Jobs, changed the world and forever changed how this world connects. Rest well, Steve, you deserve it," wrote Theresa.
"I'm speechless. What a visionary leader and iconic figure. He will be missed!" wrote Dwame.
"I knew that Steve was ill, but tonight's headlines still hit me as hard as any death of any public figure has in my lifetime. I got my first Mac in my teens -- the very first generation, with no interior hard drive. I never looked back. I have quit jobs because my employers refused to provide me with an Apple computer. Steve Jobs has represented the best in innovative energy that this country -- and world -- has to offer. My deepest condolences to his family, his friends, his colleagues, and to the world. We are all much poorer today," wrote Leigh from California.
"Steve Jobs is the Henry Ford of my generation. He did not create the industry, he revolutionized it. Thank you for your contribution to technology," wrote Dan.
"Steve Jobs' story is an American story. A story about pursuing greatness in all its facets. After reading an authorized biography, called Icon, I began to pursue my own dreams and greatness, living my great American story. Steve Job's story of struggle and setbacks-only to revolutionize how we communicate will always be inspiring, Rest in Peace!" wrote Abdul.
"I love my Apple products and I will always remember that Steve Jobs was the guy who brought these beautiful innovations to us. I will always remember him, I grew up with him, and the world has lost a great inventor. There is no one else like him. He will be greatly missed!" wrote Debbie.
"I never knew Steve personally, but I always admired his hard work and dedication to bring back a near (bankrupt) company into a multi-billion dollar organization. He changed the way the music industry works, and introduced the world with iPods which made our music life a lot easier. Steve was a genius and a dedicated man, and its sad to see him go. Steve was a one of a kind man, and its hard to see him go. My condolences to Steve, and his family, and hope this email helps," wrote Alec.
"Steve will be missed dearly from my family and I as he he was more than all my friends thought. He wasn't just a man who made a phone or computer he was THE man that made THE phone and computer in a better way. He was my hero if he could have a higher role that was past hero it would be him. While Microsoft may had put computers in offices he put the in loving family's. So I here declare that you not just be a man, but be THE man," wrote David.
"Thank you Steve, I would not be where I am now without your vision.Your life was a road map which taught me how to face adversity. Rest in Peace," wrote Joe.
"I remember the first iPod, I still have it because I love looking at how far apple has come from that point. A brick iPod to a sleek iPhone. Steve jobs was a genius and it breaks my heart to know someone so intelligent didn't stay on this earth for longer because he could have done so many more amazing things. He changed the world, and now that he's gone I think people are realizing how much of an impact he had on all our lives. He will live on forever through apple and I hope that brings some peace to his family and friends," wrote Alex.
"My daughter has born in the same day that the iPad was announced to the press. Today she plays with her iPad with an incredible ability: she can browse videos, choose apps, play games, turn on/off the device. For her, all of it is something very common. I stay very happy when I see her playing like this because I know she can do it because one man one day dreamed about it. And dedicated his life to make this dream real. Thank you Steve, thank you to make our lives full of magic. Thank you to transform technology in something more than a box full of possibilities, but a bright screen of happiness," wrote Bernardo from Brazil.