Throughout the country, millions of people have been mourning the death of Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday evening at age 56 of pancreatic cancer.
The memory of Steve Jobs has been visible across the country, including at Apple workplaces. USA Today reported Thursday that outside Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., three flags -- an American flag, a California state flag and an Apple company flag -- were flying at half-mast. Furthermore, people flocked to Apple stores to build makeshift memorials across the country.
Furthermore, the newspaper reports that at the technology giant's flagship store in Tyson's Corner, Va., three bouquets of flowers were situated at the store entrance along with post-it notes on the glass windows that read Rest in Peace Steve.
One card up against the store said, Steve, you changed my life, I love you.
In New York City, many people placed stopped by the Apple store in Soho to remember Jobs. Flowers and handwritten letters were placed outside the store, and passerby's gathered to pay their respects to the company leader. Many took pictures on their smartphones, including on the Apple iPhone.
Brooks Collier, a 22-year old student studying interior design, said he was walking by the Apple store and saw people standing around the makeshift memorial. He remembers he was at a restaurant with friends when they found out on Twitter that Jobs had died.
The initial reaction was shock, Collier told the International Business Times. But then we realized that we got the news from stuff he did. The smartphone wouldn't be what it is without him.
Aliza Weston, a 50-year old commercial real estate broker in New York City, said she heard about the news from her daughter in college. Although she found out about the death on a Blackberry, Weston said she owns an iPod, iPad and Mac laptop.
We were upset, Weston said, referring to when she and her daughter found out. Although we knew he was sick, still, it's sad.
Although Jobs created the famous iPod, iPhone and iPad, Collier said he would most remember Jobs' story for his path to success: founding Apple, getting fired, founding Pixar and then coming back to the company that he created to resume building a technology empire.
Who knows what he could have accomplished had he lived if he had lived longer, Collier said.
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