Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'
Life of Apple baron celebrated by staff in ceremony
Steve Jobs, whose life was celebrated by employees at Apple's Cupertino campus yesterday, was said to be working on the company's next product the day before he died.
Jobs lost his lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer on 5 October, and the iPhone maker held a memorial service in his honour on Wednesday.
Apple stores around the world closed for a few hours during the ceremony, which was attended by – among others – Apple CEO Tim Cook, the vendor's design guru Jonathan Ive and board member Al Gore.
Coldplay and Norah Jones performed songs at the outdoor event.
According to PCMag, Jobs was working on Apple's next product on 4 October – the day before he died.
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The company's partner Masayoshi Son, who is the CEO of Softbank, said Jobs interrupted a meeting he was having with Cook. Son said Jobs had called to talk about a new Apple product.
"I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California]," he recounted to PCMag.
"When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, 'Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.' I said, 'Where are you going?' He said, 'My boss is calling me.'
"That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died." ®
Poor, poor man
As if he hadn't been through enough, he had to have Coldplay AND "Snorah" Jones perform at his funeral.
It reminds me of an old Spike Milligan quote from Harry Secombe - "He sent me a fax. It said: 'I hope you go before me because I don't want you singing at my funeral"
This is stupid!
>> "He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product."
Could it be that Mr. Cook received a distress call from a friend or family member announcing the imminent death of Mr. Jobs or perhaps even an emergency meeting to deal with the urgent matter?
I can see why Mr. Cook would not just blatantly say "Sorry, I need to cut our meeting short. Steve is on his death bed and I gotta go deal with his family."
Just for perspective
I think it's worth posting something I saw on Twitter a few days ago
The death of Steve Jobs vs the death of Dennis Ritchie:
I still think he died before the announcement, but they had to delay the news 'til after.
It's weird how much he's loved, when his company extracted and sits on more money than the US government holds, yet *still* produced their devices as cheaply as possible using as close to slave labour as legally possible. If Apple manufactured all their goods in the US, think how much better his home country would be doing...
Jobs is a reminder that you can have $8bn in the bank and it still can't help you.
"Alternative medicine has either been proved not to work, or not proved to work. You know what they call alternative medicine that's been proved to work ? Medicine."
(c) Tim Minchin.