To mark the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’s passing, Apple posted the following tribute on the homepage of their website on October 5, 2012:
It is still up at the time of this writing. I suspect it will stay here for a week. For future visitors of the site, I have republished the video in the new Misc Movies & Recordings section.
The images that can be seen in the video are, in order of appearance:
- Steve Jobs in his home with Macintosh, 1984 (by Norman Seeff)
- with MacBook Air, Macworld 2008
- with the original iMac, 1998
- with the first iPod, 2001
- with iPhone, Macworld 2007
- again, at Macworld 2007 doing the joke with the Starbucks employee on a call
- laughing at his desk, 1984 (by Norman Seeff)
- at the opening of the New York 5th Avenue Apple retail store, May 2006
- outside the 5th Avenue retail store, same day
- working on the Apple I, 1976 (by Joe Molena)
- at home in summer 2004, by Diana Walker
As far as Steve’s voice is concerned, the extracts come from:
- Macworld 2007, 9 January 2007
- original iMac introduction, 6 May 1998
- iPod introduction, 23 October 2001
- Macworld 2007 again (for both the introduction and the phone prank)
- iPad 2 introduction, Steve’s second-to-last keynote, 2 March 2011
All these keynotes can be seen in the Steve Jobs Keynotes section of the site.
The soundtrack is Yo-Yo Ma’s interpretation of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, which I suspected on Twitter. Macstories has a nice story on how they are sure of it, because Yo-Yo “plays the first four Bach suites tuning down his cello a full semitone” to be closer to how the music sounded back in the 17th century.
I found the video to be very well made, and frankly, quite moving. Tim Cook’s letter, who picked his words just as carefully and with the same talent as Steve himself used to do on such occasions, were also very appropriate.