Memorial Service Honors Steve Jobs

Memorial Service Honors Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ family and friends Sunday gathered for a memorial service while California dedicated the day to his remembrance, as mourners continue to honor the Apple founder and his legacy.

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Larry Page and Tim Allen were among the guests attending a private service at Stanford University, where candles lined a path from the chapel to a museum containing iPhones, iPads and iMacs.

Jay Y. Lee, the son of Samsung’s COO, also attended the event at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s request despite the two companies’ ongoing legal battles. Both electronics giants are currently accusing each other of copying tablet and smartphone designs.

Moreover, California Governor Jerry Brown declared October 16 as “Steve Jobs Day,” saying the Apple founder “embodied the California dream.”

“To call him influential would be an understatement,” said Brown. “His innovations transformed an industry, and the products he conceived and shepherded to market have changed the way the entire world communicates.”

Another tribute, this time for Apple employees at the company’s Cupertino headquarters, is scheduled for October 19. Speculation suggests worldwide Apple Store workers will be able to watch a televised version of the 1 p.m. PST event, during which time the retail chain will reportedly close for an hour.

This latest slew of tributes follows earlier outpourings of grief at Steve Jobs’ death on October 5. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Wozniak and other technology heavyweights paid their respects at his passing, while people around the world expressed sadness at his loss on Facebook and Twitter.

Fans also placed flowers and candles outside Apple Stores in New York, Sydney and Beijing, as rivals Samsung and Google reportedly delayed announcing the Nexus Prime smartphone out of respect for Jobs.

Jobs’ death marks a new era for Apple, which must forge ahead under CEO Tim Cook’s guidance in its founder’s absence. Cook, Jobs’ handpicked successor, took over company operations on August 24 and introduced the iPhone 4S one day before Jobs died.

Cook, along with designer Jonathan Ive, software expert Scott Forstall and product marketing master Phil Schiller, are left to carry on Apple’s fight against Android and Windows competitors.

Samsung continues to compete against the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, both on the market and in worldwide courtrooms. HTC and other Android manufacturers are increasingly adopting Microsoft’s Windows OS too, which may challenge Apple sales in the future.

Without Jobs, Apple may a tough road ahead in a rapidly evolving smartphone market. But given its past successes, current leadership team, and Jobs’ legacy, the company stands a good chance of remaining at the top of the market despite increased pressure from competitors.

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