October 5, 2011 was a sad, sad day for millions of people across the world. It was a day that many knew was coming, but did not want to see for a long time. After his resignation as CEO of the Apple corporation in August, the company lost a major force behind their most thriving products, and now the world has lost him forever. Yes, you probably already know who I’m talking about; Founder and former CEO of Apple, Mr. Steve Jobs. When I heard the news, I was loss for words because Mr. Jobs was not only an innovating businessman, but he was also an empathetic, caring, strong, determined, and wise person who tried to take EVERYONE’S needs into consideration. From the development of the Mac computers, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV, to the ever popular iPad; Mr. Jobs made great strides to guarantee satisfaction for users, including accessibility options for all.
Within the past few days, I have heard the media describe the Founder of Apple as being a perfectionist because of his detailed oriented persona. However, instead of calling him a perfectionist, I would use the word genuine to describe him. In my opinion, paying close attention to details in his work, shows that Mr. Jobs took pride in every endeavor, and did not want to leave any stone unturned. As a technical leader in the mainstream, Apple has brought more awareness to the public about the needs of assistive technology in conventional products. In a matter of fact, Apple has shown other corporations that if they take the time to be inclusive, their products can be accessible and affordable to a wider range of customers.
It can be said that every member of my immediate family has an iPhone, and it is something that I am very proud of. As a blind individual, when it comes to technology, I often feel left out and discouraged. However, thanks to Mr. Jobs, Apple has changed my technical experiences. With voiceover on my iPhone, I now have access to my email, internet, text messaging, menu options, and a range of applications. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mr. Jobs for giving me the opportunity to enjoy my life in the world of technology, by utilizing the products you invented. Mr. Jobs is an inspiration to many, including myself. He has impacted my life beyond measure on a professional and personal level. Through adversity, Mr. Jobs shined. Mr. Jobs once said, “I want to put a ding in the universe.” Well done Mr. Jobs, well done! Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace.