Impact of Steve Jobs’ death on Singapore

7 Oct

The world lost a visionary,  a perfectionist and an inspiration yesterday. News of  Steve Jobs’ death rocked the world, both of ordinary people whose lives he has touched personally or those who have been faithfully using the products he so meticulously created during his lifetime. There was an outpouring of grief, with people paying tribute to the man whom they claim changed their lives and the face of technology immensely.

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has impacted millions of lives and changed the world in his own right. His impact is far reaching, and it is definitely felt here in Singapore where thousands of people use his products. Look around and you would be able to find at least one person using an Apple product, be it the ipad, iphone, Mac, or ipod. All these innovations are manifestations of Mr Jobs’ brilliance. According to a 2010 survey by mobile advertising firm AdMob, Singapore is home to 402, 922 iPhone users – 8.3% of the population.

Many Singaporeans may not know this man but his death still left a mark on many. Many expressed shock, sadness, and the tributes came in fast and furious all over social media and on the media. Mr Jobs’ death would not impact Singaporeans directly but the loss of this man would change the products that Apple churn out and this as a result, could shake people’s confidence in this brand. This is if Mr Jobs’ successor do not hold on to his values and vision. Whether this would happen, however, remains to be seen.


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