I was in a stairwell at work, and I got a text from a friend saying, “Have you heard the news about Steve?”. I knew immediately what it meant. I ran back upstairs to my macbook pro and logged onto cnn.com to get the details. I felt so much loss, as if it were a friend who’d died. Most people I know felt it too. It felt like the abrupt end of an era that I mistakenly thought would go forward forever.
And things have changed. I love Apple, but let’s be honest the shine is off. That last decade with Steve was a special moment in time.
I remember being on a plane from London during the Keynote when Steve introduced the first generation Macbook Pros. Up until that point they had been called Powerbooks. We knew the name would be changing with the switch to Intel, but we didn’t yet know what to. I had a friend in New York watching the keynote with instructions to text me updates. The minute we landed in the U.S. I turned on my phone to get the news. I informed my friends on the plane with me and we all had a collective freak out. Then we proceeded to debate whether we liked the new name or not.
All the keynotes were water cooler events like that. In fact one could argue that Steve Jobs invented the product introduction-as-event phenomenon. I’m happy that my 20’s were defined by that era, but I’m beyond sad that he’s not longer with us.
Now CBS has a new interview with Bill Gates recounting his last visit the Steve the May before he passed.