The past two days the hot topic on everyone’s lips has been “Steve Jobs has died.” It’s strange that I should find out about this on my iPhone, a few minutes after waking up.
When talking to others the first reaction is a little ‘gasp.’ Everyone knows him. Even those who are not Apple fans. He’s dead and millions worldwide mourn his death. Millions who have not seen nor spoken to him in person, yet we all hold a part of him in our lives. We use his inventions to contact those dearest to us and as research even suggests, what we feel for our smart phones may not be merely addiction, but in fact ‘love.’
Yes, we have grown to ‘love’ our iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs and many things Apple related.
For me, the iPhone has become so much of life that it is the last thing I look at before I go to bed at night, and it is the first thing I wake up to in the morning. It is my alarm clock, my organizer, my camera, my newspaper, and my source of contact to the virtual world of social networking. I no longer have to carry around newspapers, books, notebooks, agendas, games, or other things when I travel. It’s all in one.
Before the iPhone, a phone was a phone. I used it to call people, answer calls and do a little bit of email here and there. That was it. There were no androids back then. We had symbians and blackberry. Functional phones. When I was in highschool in Poland, we still used those telephones with round dials and operators to call international. Now we use Skype and internet on our iPhones. Amazing how fast technology has changed.
Now many lives have forever changed. Children now play with iPads and iPhones as if it were the most natural thing on earth. They play with it without any hesitation. It is intuitive and responsive to the human touch. Looking back at my own childhood, I still remember playing summer and winter olympics on the Commodore 64. Then we had Atari. That was considered amazing. 5 inch flopping disks coupled with green and black screens. No Windows. No coloured screens. No internet. Computers were still not so approachable. We feared it a little. No longer.
Steve Jobs changed the technology world, but what do we mean by this? I think what we mean is that his creativity and his visions have allowed us to experience what once could only be found in science fiction. He let us believe that dreams can be accomplished, that anything was possible. You just had to find it inside of you.
No longer do we have to settle for boring functional telephones and animations whose stories were targeted only for children. Steve let you enjoy a bit of art and design in the iPhone, iPad and anything Apple. Every curve, ever corner well considered, well thought out. Crafted with love.
He affects us because his creations helped take the drudgery out of everyday worklife, where many seem to work without souls. Steve worked with his soul. Steve worked with his heart. He ‘created.’
If only we could all put our hearts and our souls into doing something we love, the world would indeed be a different place. If only we could all find our ‘passion.’
Yes, we will all miss Steve Jobs and his visions. The world will and has already remembered him. Good bye Steve Jobs. We’ll miss you.