Steve Jobs memorials on Apple.com, Apple stores close in tribute
Apple Inc. stores closed for a few hours Wednesday as employees took time out of their workday to honor the late Steve Jobs in a company-wide celebration of his life.
The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant reportedly is holding a memorial service for Jobs, who is credited with influencing not only technology and computing, but also American culture, at Apple's headquarters, and its stores were closed to allow employees to watch a live stream of the service.
Apple also updated its website, apple.com, on Wednesday with messages emailed to the company remembering and honoring Jobs.
On Oct. 5, the day Steve Jobs died, Apple turned its website's homepage over to a large black-and-white photo of its iconic co-founder and chairman.
That photo linked to the company's official statement on Jobs' death.
On Wednesday, that photo was changed to link to the messages Apple has received by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the time that Apple opened up the email address for submissions, Apple didn't say what exactly it would do with the emails it would receive.
Those messages now can be seen scrolling below a new statement from Apple that says:
Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common -- from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products -- is how they've been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below.
Among some of the messages Apple has published so far:
I've lost the only friend I had in the computer industry
No one knew what I wanted like Steve Jobs did. He knew how my mind worked- that was his vision thing.
Steve, I have been sitting in front of my MacBook, thinking of what to write to express our appreciation, gratitude towards you........but I just couldn't find the most exact, powerful words........ Your accomplishment is so so great that it's not 'words' can describe.....
Thank you Steve!
Dear Steve, Rest in peace. Thank you for bringing me to an iWorld. It has been beautiful for me ever since I purchased an iPod shuffle when I was in primary school. You have made our life so much easier. I am proud of you! Your Stanford speech is my life motivation. You will be missed.
The world have lost one of the greatest inventor of this time. The man who changed the way of seeing technology. All my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in Peace Steve.
Apple and Mac got me where I am today
From my first Apple 2+ that was with me through grade school to my Mac Classic that I wrote my reports on in high school to my Power Mac 7500 in college. It was Steve's products that produced a college graduate with a degree in electrical engineering. My sincerest condolences and my greatest appreciation and thanks for helping me get to where I am today. You are missed and remembered.
Steve is Alive
Steve, You're not dead, you live in every piece of your geniality, in every masterpiece you created that is now on the hands of millions. Thank for your legacy. Be in peace.
Marcelo from Brazil
To a personal mentor
Mr. Steve Jobs showed an entire generation how to overcome adversity and remain committed to a vision. Anyone that has followed his career will recall the moments of triumph, but also the setbacks. These setbacks now fade into history and the lesson we can all teach our children is to persevere. A devoted follower since 1984.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Top photo: White curtains hang as employees inside the Lincoln Park Apple store in Chicago gather to watch a video feed from the Cupertino, Calif., memorial service for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Oct. 19, 2011. Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
Bottom photo: A sign announces that a Manhattan Apple store is closed from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 19, 2011, in New York City. Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images