Steve Jobs R.I.P – The Apple ShrinesOctober 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.
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.
There were people taking photos of the tributes.
And here are some of the tributes.
Then the crowd parted. Who the hell is this random?
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?
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.
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.