Loose flower petals blew into the busy Kalakaua Avenue yesterday, where candles, lei and some faded iPods lined the outside of Waikiki’s Apple store. Hawaii remembered tech guru Steve Jobs with a makeshift memorial and personal handwritten notes thanking him for “the gift he shared with the entire world,” as one note said. The wide range of penmanship – from big bubbly font to Japanese characters – meant people of all personalities and cultural backgrounds felt in some way connected to the man. Dozens of tourists and locals stopped outside of the store’s memorial; their somber faces reflected upon the glass wall, which fronted in-store displays of life-sized cardboard iPads that seemed dimmer in color than usual.
A Waikiki memorial honors Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at age 56.
Many have called Steve Jobs the Henry Ford of our time, revolutionizing the technological world with each new device. The visionary Apple co-founder introduced us to the personal computer and transformed the way we experience movies, music and mobile communications. Steve Jobs led us into the 21st century by making our world one big colorful touch-screen party.
Many of the party favors – iPods, iPhones and iPads – simplified our lives in some ways, whether we realized it or not. The marathon runner now has a sleek and compact way to get pumped up with music, and the world traveler ditches the maps and guide books, putting his trust into a handheld know-it-all.
Speaking of traveling, the newly-announced iPhone 4S (which hits stores next Friday, Oct. 14) makes globe trotting an even easier feat. Now you can talk to your phone using voice commands and never get lost again; ask it where the nearest Hawaiian food place is or how to get to Honolua Bay. It’ll talk back and show you the best routes. Another handy feature when traveling – a weather tracker, although you probably won’t be needing this on your visit to sunny Hawaii. Ask it if you should bring an umbrella, and moments later it will let you know if you’re going to have a soggy slipper adventure or not.
Apple will hopefully carry on Steve Jobs’ legacy with new innovative gadgets like the iPhone 4S. He’ll live on in our households, our workplaces and in the depths of our gym bags. Somehow he managed to find a place in our hearts, too. A recent study showed people get the same warm and fuzzy feelings when touching their iPhones’ screens as they do when hugging a loved one. Now that says something about the impact Steve Jobs made, not only on the Digital Age but on the gentle tug of our iHeart strings.
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