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CHICAGO (AP) - There was no makeshift memorial or candlelight vigil for Steve Jobs at the Apple Store in downtown Chicago. The news of his death, and then the tributes and condolences, were in news alerts, tweets and messages pulsing through the gadgets inside.
There were more traditional tributes closer to Silicon Valley. People placed flowers and scrawled chalk messages in front of the gates of Jobs‘ Palo Alto home, where family and friends gathered. Someone wrote “Thank you Steve” in lipstick on the window of an Apple Store in Santa Monica.
Robbins said Jobs‘ influence extended beyond the iPhone he now carries and the Mac products he has faithfully bought for years. He was a symbol of the technology revolution who opened the eyes of a generation to the possibilities of the digital computing.
But the store wasn’t consumed by sadness. Inside, peppy music played and customers watched YouTube videos on iPhones. That they were consuming technology in ways that would have been unimaginable without Jobs may have been lost on many of them.
In China, one of the company’s fastest growing markets, Henry Men Youngfan said he was shocked by the news that his hero had died.
The 27-year-old doctoral student in Beijing bought his first Apple product in 2006 and traveled by train to Hong Kong in September just to attend the opening of the company’s first store there.
When he entered graduate school at Peking University’s college of engineering, Men said, “My teachers asked me what kind of person I wanted to be and I told them I wanted to be like Steve.”
Li Zilong, who was listening to his iPod in front of a Beijing Apple store, worried that Apple’s innovation died along with its co-founder.
“Jobs was a legendary figure; every company needs a spiritual leader,” said the 20-year-old university student. “Without Jobs, I don’t know if Apple can give us more classic products, like the iPhone 4.”
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