Apple unveiled an extremely moving video tribute to Steven P. Jobs on their website Friday — exactly one year after the death of its visionary co-founder.
The "Remembering Steve" video includes memorable black-and-white images of Mr. Jobs along with multiple soundbites where he announced Apple products on stage like the iPhone, in addition to describing Apple's corporate philosophy. When the video closes, a letter from Apple chief executive Tim Cook described the year following the passing of Jobs as "a sad and difficult time for all of us."
I couldn't help noticing that this fitting tribute opened with the now iconic Norman Seeff photograph of Steve Jobs in lotus position with a Macintosh on his lap. That image was captured at Jobs' Woodside mansion back in 1984 — a fascinating story detailed by Norman in my exclusive interview with him earlier this year.
Another Norman Seeff photograph featured in the video shows Jobs wearing a striped sweater while caught in a candid moment of laughter. That image was taken on the same day at Apple headquarters in '84 along with other members of the original Apple team.
The emotive soundtrack chosen to underscore the memorial to Steve Jobs is Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in G Major for Cello performed by Yo Yo Ma — who Mr. Jobs considered a friend.
The take-over of Apple's home page made it instantly obvious to anyone landing there that on this day, Apple's products would take a back seat to the memory of a man who left an unmistakable footprint on not only those he worked with, but on an untold number of us whose daily lives have been reimagined by the innovative technology he pushed to completion.
“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact — and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” Steve Jobs said.
“Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.”
RIP Steve Jobs: February 25, 1955 — October 5, 2012