Today is the ninth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death

Steve Jobs with the Macintosh
Steve Jobs with the Macintosh

Today marks the 9th anniversary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death.

Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California home on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. He died with his wife, children, and sisters at his side. His sister, writer Mona Simpson, described his passing: “Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'” He then lost consciousness and passed away several hours later.

UPDATE: 11:11am EDT: Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted about the late Steve Jobs on the ninth anniversary of his death:

There’s lots of ways to be as a person, and some people express their deep appreciation in different ways, but one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there.

And you never meet the people, you never shake their hands, you never hear their story or tell yours, but somehow, in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love, something is transmitted there.

And it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation. So, we need to be true to who we are and remember what’s really important to us. That’s what’s going to keep Apple Apple: is if we keep us us. — Steve Jobs

MacDailyNews Take: We miss you, Steve!


  1. Ah, Steve Jobs…. What made him so different from others was that he fully understood underlying technologies that made up excellent computer platforms (Pixar that created amazing Toy Story, NeXT, the foundation of today’s Mac plat form and so many others that Steve J. created) which made him such a visionary as it enabled him to see far far down the road where things will be and should be going. That eventually became Apple’s DNA.
    Now, compare that with today’s CEO, whose vision goes only far enough down to his worn spreadsheet on his fancy desktop. Fortunately, Apple has thousands of capable people.

      1. I believe Tim Cook was picked as a caretaker (interim) CEO to stay the course after his death. I can’t believe Jobs would pick the type of person like Cook to lead Apple for long. But he’s got lucky with the smartphone craze on the coat-tail of Jobs and actually rode on it for quite sometime to the extent Apple was called one trick pony, lol. Steve’s real pick was another man but he was quickly fired by Tim Cook (and perhaps Jony Ive too). Maybe….. So, people say…

        1. Sorry, but Job picked Cook to be a caretaker CEO while Jobs was recovering from his liver transplant. I’m being that Cook’s performance was the key to being named a permanent CEO by Jobs after Job’s health took a dive.

          In terms of how “poor” a job Cook has done start with the financial performance – both the company’s and the share market. How much would $1,000 invested just before Steve’s death be worth today?

          Cook has supported a lot of important trends, from being eco-friendly to growing Apple’s investment in silicon.

          From his remarks a while back Jony Ive is still active in consulting to Apple – he I jut doing that from his own company. Their design talent overall is still as strong and before.

        2. On the surface, you are probably right. But he initially so stuck with iOS devices and even tried to converge MacOS and iOS so hastily and did not seem to care and appreciate Mac line of products. This continued for quite some time. It’s only after the phone business started showing the plateau and loyal Apple users started raising serous voices, did Apple start reviving Mac line of business (Mac Pro included). And look what happened now. Apple surged, doing very well now and I am happy too. It’s not Cook’s foresight or anything as he had none (IMO). But my real beef with Mr.Cook is I just do not and cannot trust him. I also do not like his SJW stance flips and flops so easily. Otherwise, Apple now will continue doing well now that it finally looks what it used to, with or without Mr.Cook. Yes, I am not a fan of Mr.Cook obviously.

  2. And, looking back his keynote speeches and other presentations, it was obvious that everything he was saying was right in his head, without having to look down on script display down below the stage or at the end of the hallway, except to follow display sequence. He knew what he was talking about. He did not have to put his palms together in front of his chest to pray he was not going to make mistakes or look pretentious.
    This is because he WAS THE ONE who created what he was presenting together with team of people. Everything he was talking about was spontaneous. He could even crack a joke or two about Apple’s past mistakes etc. (MobileMe comes to my mind :-).
    His presentation on the introduction of the first iPhone was magical, and you could see how proud he was. A true genius.
    You were gone but never forgotten……

  3. It was quite a loss in many ways for Apple. I wonder what the company would be like if he was still the CEO. Would it be better or be worse off financially? However, I’m satisfied with the job Tim Cook is doing. There’s never much point in looking at something in hindsight. I really miss Steve Jobs’ presentations at events. He always seemed as though he was intensely interested in the product he was selling.

    I’m thinking if Steve Jobs had any vision of the future, he may have left some notebook or lesson plan for management to follow. That might be good enough for Apple to keep ahead of the rest of the tech companies. I’m just glad those idiots who claimed Apple would die with Steve Jobs were proven wrong.

  4. When Steve Jobs was alive I was a great supporter of the company and of their CEO (Jobs). I have recently muted some of my criticisms of Cook particularly with their new focus on Macs. However the one area that Apple has failed to nail has been games that play seamlessly on Macs. Yes, there’s Bootcamp etc. for running Windows’ games but I’d really like Apple to successfully exploit this area.

    I started following Apple’s various gaming girations from the days of the Pippin and there still hasn’t been a positive outcome. And for the record if Steve Jobs couldn’t pull this off then I don’t think Tim Cook will either.

    However, Steve Jobs was responsible for turning around a company that was three months away from going under and where it is today is a far cry from where it was pre-iMac and iPod. And as for the iPod and the deals with the record companies that was pure genius. Likewise who was it that introduced the iPad and the iPhone…Steve Jobs of course.

    Valé Steve Jobs all Mac users still miss you.

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