Apple [AAPL] has marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs with a moving video tribute and a million messages of thanks from around the world.
Jobs passed away on 5 October 2011 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, and to remember him the entire Apple homepage has been given up for the video, which fades when finished to show a message from his successor and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
"Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us," Cook writes. "I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
"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."
As well as the video, Apple has also published over one million messages from Jobs’s personal friends and ordinary Apple product users. Below is a selection of just some of the many heartfelt tributes:
As someone diagnosed with cancer at 21 years old, Steve's drive, determination, strength and willpower through his cancer has given me hope for my future. What an inspiration he's been to every person who has ever dreamed. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Your amazing legacy will live on!
I still remember being 8 years old or so (1990) and wanting a computer that was "fast and looked good." I was standing in a computer shop, which at the time consisted of ugly beige boxes with logos designed by engineers. The first time I saw an Apple computer I knew that was the machine I wanted. Steve's obsession with design and usability should be a roadmap for any engineer, programmer, and CEO. Thank you for putting together the world's best and brightest to create that which changed everything.
Javier from Boise, Idaho
Even though I never met Steve I feel like I knew him just by following what Steve and Apple did. I feel like I am part of the Apple family and I will miss him and wish all of the apple and job's family my condolences. Rest in peace.
Thank you for everything. Im happy to say that eventually my kids will learn about you in school and your name will be with the greats like J.D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford. Great American Icons that revolutionized the business world today.
My younger brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer recently. I sent him Steven Jobs' Stanford commencement speech which I found inspirational. Steven Jobs has changed the world, and always delivered products that exceeded expectations. Unbelievable.
What a man
In Ireland instead of mourning the loss of a life, we celebrate the life a man lived and talk about what his contributions were. We will be talking about Steve for some time. RIP Steve.