“Apple’s home page has been updated with a tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this week,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore.

“One of the greatest leaders of our era, Mandela went from imprisoned radical to head of state during the course of his lifetime, and through the sheer power of his will, heart, saw his country out of the dark ages and on its way towards the light when it could so very easily have descended into chaos,” Ritchie writes. “I’m not certain how many consumer electronic companies donate their home pages to such tributes, but I don’t expect it is many. Mandela obviously inspired Apple, as he inspired a people and a nation. He can and should inspire a world. In his memory, where you see hate, offer love. Where you see pettiness, provoke greatness. When called upon to lead or to choose leaders, understand what true leadership is, and the respect, compassion, and courage required of it.”

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“Nelson Mandela was deeply respected in his homeland, and almost worshiped by many for his definitive role in ending white rule and installing multiracial democracy,” Rick Lyman writes for The New York Times. “But he was never above reproach, political observers say.”

“Mr. Mandela was a politician, among the most transformative of his era, but still a politician. As such, he went through the usual ups and downs that characterize any political career,” Lyman writes. “‘Nelson Mandela was not a saint. We would dishonor his memory if we treated him as if he was one,’ Pierre de Vos, a law professor, wrote on Friday in The Daily Maverick, an online magazine in South Africa, arguing that Mr. Mandela’s genius lay in his willingness to bend and compromise. ‘Like all truly exceptional human beings, he was a person of flesh and blood, with his own idiosyncrasies, his own blind spots and weaknesses.’”

“Some criticized him for what they saw as an overeagerness to placate the country’s white power elite in the transition to nonracial democracy in the early 1990s and, thereafter, with being more interested in keeping economic power brokers happy, albeit with a few new black faces in the group, than in delivering economic equality to the vast majority of those still living in poverty,” Lyman writes. “Once the political squabbles of Mandela’s era fade, though, the museum-approved, sanctified image of him is likely to take firmer hold, observers say, though it may not grow as strong as the one of him abroad. ‘To idealize a great political leader — to try to take that person out of politics and the humanity out of that person — is in the end a futile or even contradictory endeavor,’ Anthony Butler, a University of Cape Town political science professor, wrote in his column in the June 28 issue of South Africa’s Business Day newspaper.”

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Apple Inc.'s website pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Apple Inc.’s website pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

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