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Steve Jobs R.I.P – The Apple Shrines

October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs is dead: long live Steve Jobs. I looked at my iPod today with a mixture of awe, reassurance and sadness. Awe at the inventiveness, reassurance at the familiar and reliable and sadness knowing the person who made it possible is no longer with us.

On the day it was announced he had died, I went to see the tributes, which I was sure would be left at Apple Stores around London, as they were around the world. We’re not talking Michael Jackson or Princess Diana proportions here, but it was a decent showing, nevertheless.

Let’s start with the Apple Store in the new and shiny Westfield in Stratford. As it’s in a shopping centre, leaving tributes would be difficult, but there was a very tasteful display propped up against the window inside the shop.

Apple Store Westfield, Stratford

Then I moved on to Regent Street where there was a large crowd. Two men in bowler hats were on hand at the kerbside to save the stupid as they stepped into the road without looking behind to see if a bus was coming.

Apple Store in Regent Street men in Bowler hats

There were people taking photos of the tributes.

Apple Store in Regent Street people with cameras

And here are some of the tributes.

Apple Store in Regent Street line of apples

Apple Store in Regent Street Steve Jobs portrait

Apple Store in Regent Street 'The Crazy Ones'

Then the crowd parted. Who the hell is this random?

Apple Store in Regent Street random guy

He was just standing there with his old school James Bond look, holding his iPhone at arms length. For a long time. Was he a performance artist? Or was he just extremely vain?

Apple Store in Regent Street random guy

Not at all, dear reader. It seems he was doing a live report on the event – using the iPhone’s video feature. Steve Jobs would’ve been impressed.

Apple Store in Regent Street random guy is a reporter

Finally, I went to the Apple Store in Covent Garden where there was another small but nice display. The apples and flowers may decay in time, but the influence of Steve Jobs will be with us for many years to come.

Apple Store Covent Garden crowd

Apple Store Covent Garden Steve Jobs poster

Apple Store in Covent Garden 'Eve' apple

Apple Store in Covent Garden school tribute

Apple Store in Covent Garden tribute "I came, I saw, I conquered"

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8 comments

  1. Thanks for your own tribute, Pie. The children’s poster towards the end was especially nice.


    • Ah, it’s always the pictures of children that get you in the gut, eh? I thought it was a nice touch too.


  2. Great photos! He was quite the visionary!


    • He certainly was.


  3. You really captured the tribute as it unfolded, Jobs was and is still such an inspiration!


    • He is indeed. It will be interesting to see where the future of Apple will go. In the meantime, we can continue to enjoy his products and the offshoots he inspired.


  4. Interesting how many people got the news of his death on devices he helped create.


    • It shows how much of an influence he was, and of course, it was highly appropriate.



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