Apple Fans React to Steve Jobs' Big Announcement
"He's made the company this phenomenon," she said.
Not only did Macolytes interviewed Wednesday night near the Apple store in New York City's Meatpacking District already know of Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple a few hours earlier, they already had fully-formed opinions on Jobs' legacy, what will happen to the iconic company he founded in 1976, its groundbreaking products, even the fate of its stock price -- a testament to both Apple and its leader's cult-like status, influence on modern living, and imprint on the collective consciousness of everyday people.
Jobs, who has been struggling with his health for an extended period, wrote in a letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community" Wednesday that he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
The Wengles, vacationing in New York from Toronto, and a self-described Mac family, were melancholy about Jobs stepping down.
His sister Jenna, 12, chimed in, crediting Jobs with Apple's "out-of-the-box" design and technology. "Their products make life easier," she said.
Rachel Mayo, 45, a telecommunications analyst from Connecticut, agreed.
"Look at it," she said, pointing to the Apple Store at 401 West 14th Street. "It's sparkly, it's flashy, it's linear: It's a desktop with nothing else -- less is more."
Visiting from Israel, Eliakim and his friend Yoav Harari, 21, were shopping for iPod cases at the store.
Harari opined that although Apple should weather Jobs' departure relatively unscathed, in the short term, but said he's concerned about what it might mean for the stock price.