The unfortunate death of Steve Jobs back in October of this year was not only a very tragic event for those close to him, but left a gaping void in the world of modern technology that’ll undoubtedly be near-impossible to fill.
His unique charisma, trademark casual attire, entertaining keynotes and dogmatic approach to business left fellow tech gurus in awe, many of which tripped over themselves to pay homage to Mr. Apple. The self-titled biography, although pieced together by Walter Isaacson, pretty much wrote itself, and its release date was brought forward to accommodate the huge amount of public interest.
In keeping with the ongoing tributes, a Hungarian software firm by the name of Graphisoft has planned to erect a bronze statue of Jobs in the surrounding area of its campus. It will go up on December 21st, and will be a pillar of vision and leadership – two of Jobs’ most celebrated qualities. Indeed, Graphisoft founder Gabor Bojar met Steve Jobs back in 1984 when Graphisoft first demoed the ArchiCAD 3D design software for the Apple Lisa. Jobs is said to have offered Bojar some form marketing and financial support, so the statue is a fitting tribute to a man without which the company may never have gotten off the ground.
Erno Toth is the sculptor currently in charge of the statue’s design and creation, which will present a bespectacled Jobs in the famed turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers along with that layer of stubble. As you’d expect, the statued version of Apple’s co-founder and longest-serving CEO will be holding an iDevice – reported to be an iPhone – which he giddily first revealed back in 2007.
Not everyone is a fan of Apple products, and the degree of Apple’s innovation is forever under scrutiny. But one thing is for sure; Steve Jobs was a great visionary, marketer, and executed his sales pitches to perfection.
iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, but the term ‘iPod’ is used synonymously with a portable music device. iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone, but has become one of the most popular, gripping fans many months before release dates. iPad has created a new market and continues to thrive, fending off fierce competition from the likes of Motorola, Samsung and Amazon.
Let’s hope post-Jobs, Apple can continue the legacy.
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