iMiss Him Already
It seems like just yesterday we were speculating as to whether or not Steve Jobs might make a surprise appearance at the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. Actually it WAS just yesterday, which is why the surprise news of Steve Jobs’ death today actually brought a little smile to my cynical lips. Given all the speculation over Steve’s health in recent years, I actually think the fact that he was able to pass away, far from the prying eyes of the media can be seen as a final small victory for the tech world’s most famous and accomplished CEO.
Of course, we pried because we cared, and while many will say the news of Steve’s passing is not all that shocking, I must say it surprised me far more than I thought. Somehow I honestly expected him to beat his illness and come back to Apple at some point, if not through medical science, then through sheer will power. And a part of me still does. That part is insane and idiotic of course, but if there’s one thing Steve taught us, it is that we should dare to dream. Plus the idea of Apple having the first zombie CEO would kick ass.
But make no mistake people, the world has lost a true innovator, and there’s no telling where his vision would have led Apple, and in turn, the world. Just as Tupac was somehow able to release a new album every year for the first 5 years after his death, hopefully Steve left a shitload of drawings and blueprints that Apple can play with for years to come. But it won’t be the same as having Steve there in person to yell at everyone until they get it right.
I must admit, Steve’s death has affected me far more than the news of the passing of any celebrity I can think of, and in fact more than the passing of many of my own family members. That may be seen by some more as a testament to how dysfunctional my family is than how great Steve is, but I would trade an iPhone 6 to have Steve back with us now, and that’s saying a lot. Maybe even an iPhone 6S.
Good night, funny man.