You all know from my tweets about my love/hate affair with Apple products. But, Steve Jobs and Apple defined a generation and no matter what I feel about Apple, as a company they have redefined technology and made niche geek products the ubiquitous mainstream.
Apple is tied to two of my most important experiences. The first bit of serious geek tech that I ever owned was an IPod. I remember watching the 50 cent video P.I.M.P, and being awestruck by the little white and metal box with the music, and I jokingly said to my brother that I wanted one. I didn’t expect one they were exorbitantly expensive at the time so when the I opened my pressies on Xmas morning I remember being totally blown away when my joke request turned into a real present from my brother, it’s genuinely one of the sweetest and thoughtful gifts that he ever bought for me.
The second was the first time that I sat down in the computer lab at Uni and marvelled over one of the most beautiful computers that I ever had the pleasure of seeing. White curves and dark screen with the most beautifully concealed side loading CD slot and I was in love. And it was on an Apple that I learnt the skills to pay my bills, and the machine on which I decided that I wanted to be a graphic designer.
One thing that I do know for sure is that the products of a visionary helped me to translate some of my abstract thoughts into something tangible, and some of my vague dreams into a solid reality. Steve Jobs, you were a visionary – and although I vacillate between my PC and HTC, the little geek who gasped the first time that she saw the white curves of Apple Mac, laughed at the beauty of a Pixar movie, and walked around with music bumping through white ear buds; salutes you for being an innovator who change the world one product at a time.
But, mainly I salute you because you remind me of how much you can live before you die. R.I.P