TIME Magazine publishes special Steve Jobs commemorative issue (with cover photo)

Today, TIME releases a special commemorative issue on Steve Jobs to hit newsstands and tablet devices tomorrow, Friday, October 7.

To produce this special issue, TIME stopped the presses on its previously planned issue in order to devote its cover and 21 pages of the full issue to Jobs’ life and career. The issue includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs career by TIME technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for TIME since 1982.

The cover image is a photograph of Jobs taken by Norman Seeff in 1984. This is the seventh time Jobs has appeared on the cover of TIME.

The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.

Time Magazine, October 17, 2011, Steve Jobs

TIME Editor Rick Stengel: Jobs “Will Take His Place In The Ranks of Great American Businessmen And Inventors Like Thomas Edison And Henry Ford”

“This is Steve’s seventh TIME cover, which puts him in the category of Presidents and other world leaders…. No one has tracked Steve’s life better than the man who used to have my job, Walter Isaacson… Walter writes that Steve was the modern creation myth writ large and that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.”

Walter Isaacson: Jobs Was “The Greatest Business Executive of Our Era, The One Most Certain To Be Remembered A Century From Now”

“More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the beauty of poetry and the power of processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built what became, at least for a period this past month, the world’s most valuable company. And he was able to infuse into its genetic code the design sensibilities, perfectionism and imagination that make it likely to be, even decades from now, the company that thrives best at the intersection of artistry and technology.”

TIME’s Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman: “Steve Jobs Remade The World As Completely As Any Single Human Being Ever Has”

“Jobs will be remembered as a great man, but not necessarily as a kind or good one. His ferocity toward his employees is the stuff of legend: outside Apple, his products helped a generation to think different, but inside One Infinite Loop, there was only one way to think, and that was like Steve. He did not suffer fools gladly— or at all. Unlike his contemporary and rival Bill Gates, he never made the transition from plutocrat to philanthropist. The perfection of the tools he made bespoke of both a deep empathy with others and also a raging aggression toward them: he would make things so perfect that we could not refuse them.”

The issue’s table of contents can be found here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not all philanthropy is accompanied by a press release. Before making blanket statements, perhaps it would be wise to consider that maybe Jobs did things privately, without fanfare?

Related articles:
Tim Cook aims to carry on for ‘creative genius’ Steve Jobs – October 6, 2011
Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I knew – October 6, 2011
Woz: Steve Jobs brought a lot of life to the world – October 6, 2011
Statement from Steve Jobs’ family after his passing – October 6, 2011
Tim Cook’s memo to Apple employees about the passing of Steve Jobs – October 5, 2011
Friends and business rivals mourn the passing of Steve Jobs – October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, dead at 56 – October 5, 2011


  1. to Time’s Harry McCracken or Lev Grossman: whichever of you idiots uttered Steve Jobs “never made the transition from plutocrat to philanthropist” is the schmuck.

    it’s odd that so many attribute philanthropy to Bill Gates as if he invented it. Gates was pressured into it by the public & media. Billy Bob did not do it for over till 1994, and really got into it in 2000 when retired.

    it’s sad too. as society remembers Billy as philanthropy, just because he advertised the fact, whereas real philanthropy is silently given, as by Steve Jobs!! not to mention, Steve sacrificed his whole life to excellence, with joy, to the benefit of mankind!! every product we did not buy from Apple due to our misguided notion of the freedom of choice, our stubbornness and/or Stockholm Syndrome, we owe to Steve’s influence!

    hence, Steve should be crowned CEO/Manager of the Decade + Century, as no human ever resurrected a firm from bankruptcy and to #1 market cap value worldwide and within 10 years!!!

    Steve should also be immortalized as one of the few Nietzschesque Übermensch – the original iGod.

    1. Philanthropy is best practiced by those with ill-gotten gains.

      The core issue is what effect has one had on the world, in balance.

      I guess if my name was “Harry McCracken” I might be bitter, too.

  2. I drove to the post office on January 24, 1984 to see if my Mac had arrived. Since then, I’ve bought hundreds of Apple’s products, always delighted.

    I’ll remember Steve whenever I look at all the Apple products in my personal museum of retired technology.

    It’s been a good ride.

  3. I wonder what the definition of “good” is. I’m sure it’s different things to different people.

    As far as “philanthropy” is concern, I could care less. People can do with their fortunes as they please. I have no doubt, though, that Steve would have made the transition (if he wanted to) at the right time which, obviously, never came.

    I get annoyed out of people’s concern for other’s “philanthropy”. I have been surprised in recent years that I donate more (percentage wise) of my income (<100K) than high profile people. I know this because I know how much I donate and some people have to disclose what they donate (as those running for political office). Shame on people who butt in and comment on (judge) other's people business.

  4. If memory serves, Gates became a philanthropist during the period when governments here and in Europe were pursuing him with antitrust lawsuits that would have broken up his company.

    At the time, his philanthropy was widely interpreted as a wise business move, intended to garner goodwill at a time when the company was under attack.

    Something Gates has done in recent years is to work with Warren Buffett to urge/pressure/shame other billionaires into leaving a share of their wealth to charity. But in that regard, I believe Ted Turner was waging that campaign before Gates and Buffett got involved.

    But in this particular story — “Unlike his contemporary and rival Bill Gates, he never made the transition from plutocrat to philanthropist — Bill Gates isn’t to blame. The two Time reporters mentioned something that didn’t belong in their story. Steve Jobs was still active in his career and wasn’t in a position to become a charity gadfly.

  5. “Steve Jobs remade the world as completely as any single human being ever has, but he had no business doing it. He wasn’t qualified. He wasn’t a computer scientist. He had no training as a hardware engineer or an industrial designer.”
    – time

    NOT QUALIFIED? MAYBE NOT AS QUALIFIED AS OTHERS IN THE INDUSTRY — but that is why he is a visionary.

    NO BUSINESS TO DO SO — if you have an idea to change things but are not qualified to make them – give up right – just suffer – everyone has the right to better things.

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