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Asia mourns the loss of Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 03:05

Oct. 6 - Tributes pour in from Apple fans across Asia as they react to the death of Apple co-founder and icon Steve Jobs. Toshi Maeda reports.

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From Tokyo, to Shanghai and Hong Kong, and all the way down to Sydney, Apple fans in Asia paid tribute to Steve Jobs on Thursday (October 6). Many showed up at their hometown Apple stores, offering flowers, messages and prayers. In China's biggest Apple Store, which only opened last month, Shanghai resident, Jin Yi (pron: jin-yee), said he came to quietly mourn the death of his idol. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 27-YEAR-OLD SHANGHAI RESIDENT, JIN YI, SAYING: "I came here to see how they will operate on the first day that they had lost Steve Jobs. I also came here to mourn his death in my own way." In Apple stores across Asia, staff mourned the passing of their iconic leader with a simple black and white image. Some customers only found out after logging into the Apple online store. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEACHER, BEN CANTRELL SAYING: "The first thing I saw was the Apple website, and it said 'Steve Jobs 2011', and I thought, what's going on there? And then Wonderwall, the Oasis song came on, and I got really sad, and I think it's a massive loss." Business and political leaders joined the tribute. Rival Samsung Electronics said it was saddened by the news, while Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard was the first Asian leader to recognise the legacy of Steve Jobs. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, JULIA GILLARD, SAYING: "I mean, it's not too much to say, he literally changed our world. All of us would be touched every day, in our daily lives, by products that he was the creative genius behind. So this is very sad news, and my condolences go to his family and friends." In Tokyo, some were concerned about the future of Apple, post-Jobs . (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 40-YEAR-OLD MANUFACTURER TAKAO HARADA, SAYING: "I'm worried about Apple's future ten or twenty years down the track, but it think Jobs' legacy will remain with Apple for some time, so it will be fine for a while." In Taiwan, 31-year-old Apple user Cheng Shu-Wen says she believes Jobs' spirit will live on. SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 31-YEAR-OLD TAIPEI RESIDENT AND APPLE USER CHENG SHU-WEN SAYING: "I think his spirit, especially with his persistence on details in the production process, will live on even when the leader is not around. I believe his spirit will carry on." In Hong Kong, Apple fan Chararins Chu was emotional, wishing Jobs had read his message. (SOUNDBITE) (English) APPLE FAN, CHARARINS CHIU SAYING: "Sorry about (him), I mean he should live longer. That's why I sent a message to him asking him to learn some Chinese Tai Chi in order to let him become healthy." Jobs died on Wednesday (October 6) at the age of 56 - just a day after Apple unveiled its latest iPhone. Toshi Maeda, Reuters.

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Asia mourns the loss of Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 03:05