Tributes to Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died on Wednesday, continued to increase at the Arndale’s Apple store today.
Yesterday there were just two bouquets and an apple with a bite taken out of it, echoing the Apple logo.
Now fans of the businessman and technological innovator have left numerous floral tributes, cards and notes.
One message reads: “Much respect to the man who changed the world, R.I.P Steve Jobs.”
Another very personal card, details the great impact Jobs and Apple had had on the author from birth, his parents having given him a Macintosh the day he was born.
The card finishes: “Steve Jobs is an inspirational hero and shall greatly be missed.”
But while Apple is adopting the business as usual approach in the main, the company has found ways to show respect for its former CEO.
The homepage of the Apple website is a picture of Jobs accompanied by the years of his birth and death.
More personally, outlets around the world have turned off the light in their Apple store signs in a visual tribute, others are not playing music.
Tributes are flooding social networking sites, and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his FB page: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
An Apple spokesman said: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
“His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, undergoing surgery a year later having tried in vain to find an alternative treatment.
He battled with ill health from then on, eventually taking a leave of absence from the company in January 2011, resigning as CEO in August in favour of Tim Cook.
TRIBUTE: Flowers outside Manchester Arndale Apple store
Steve Jobs is so famous in life and death due to the undisputed impact he made on the world of technology.
He was known for his difficult and at times autocratic style of leadership, explaining his ousting from Apple in 1984.
However, his invaluable understanding of what people want meant that he was not only welcomed back into the comapny in 1996, but has also left an unforgettable mark on the world.
In his own words: “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
In 1985 he said, prophetically: “We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone.”
Few could dispute the truth of his words.