Image: A passerby uses an iPhone 4 to photograph flowers left for the late Steve Jobs in Sydney
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A passerby uses an iPhone 4 to photograph flowers left for the late Steve Jobs outside the Apple store in Sydney on Thursday.
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updated 10/6/2011 2:48:46 PM ET 2011-10-06T18:48:46

From the titans of high technology to teenagers armed with iPads, millions of people around the world mourned digital-gadget genius Steve Jobs as a man whose wizardry transformed their lives in big ways and small.

Computer fans in China, one of Apple's fastest growing markets, seemed particularly moved.

"I came here to see how they'll operate on the first day after they had lost Steve Jobs," Jin Yi said in China's biggest Apple store in Shanghai, which opened last month. 

"I also came here to mourn in my own way. It is such a pity today. He created these gadgets that changed people's perceptions of machines," the 27-year-old said. "But he did not manage to witness the last step in which, through his gadgets, people's lives can be effectively fused with these machines."

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'Be like Steve'
Henry Men Youngfan said he was shocked by the news that his hero had died, remembering how he felt when he entered graduate school at Peking University's college of engineering.

"My teachers asked me what kind of person I wanted to be and I told them I wanted to be like Steve," Men said in Beijing.

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Li Zilong, who was listening to his iPod in front of a Beijing Apple store, worried that Apple's innovation may have 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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In other parts of Asia, fans for whom the Apple brand became a near-religion grasped for comparisons to history's great innovators, as well as its celebrities, to honor the man they credit with putting 1,000 songs and the Internet in their pockets.

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In Hong Kong, Charanchee Chiu laid a single sunflower and white rose in front of the city center Apple store.

Image: Steve Jobs in 1984
Paul Sakuma  /  AP file
Steve Jobs was not quite 30 when he introduced the  "new 'Macintosh' personal comptuer following a shareholder's meeting Jan. 24, 1984 in Cupertino, Ca. The Macintosh, priced at $2,495, is challenging IBM in the personal computer market" read the original caption for this photo.

"I am sad. I think he should have lived longer," he said, acknowledging that he had sent messages to Jobs to advise him on health and Tai Chi, the Chinese form of martial arts reputed to improve practitioners' well-being.

Amalia Sari in Jakarta, Indonesia, said when her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer just over a year ago, she decided to go on a monthlong pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. She bought an iPad for her mom to look at photos sent home and to keep in touch via Apple video conference.

"Without Steve Jobs and his crazy inventions, that kind of thing would never have been possible," she said, adding that after getting the first tweet about Job's death she logged off because she couldn't bear to hear more about it.

"I was really sobbing. It is great loss for me, and for the world as well," she said.

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Stephen Jarjoura, 43, said at the flagship Apple store in Australia's biggest city, Sydney, that Jobs' legacy would surpass that of even Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison.

"I was so saddened. For me it was like Michael Jackson or Princess Diana — that magnitude," he said.

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Jobs had affected many around the world.

"All of us would be touched every day by products that he was the creative genius behind, so this is very sad news and my condolences go to his family and friends," she said, according to the BBC.

Shares plunge
Apples shares on the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, took a hit after after the news was announced.

At 2:16 a.m. ET, the company's shares listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange were 3.3 percent lower.

The death of the man behind iconic products that define his generation — iPod, the iPhone, the iPad — overshadowed concerns about the European economic crisis, at least momentarily, market insiders said.

"This news shrouds even the ongoing discussions on the financial crisis, at least for today," said Roger Peeters, board member at Close Brothers Seydler.

Image: Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs
Paul Sakuma  /  AP file
Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, in January 2007, six months before it went on sale. When it did, huge lines formed at Apple Stores around the country, a "tradition" that has continued with each subsequent iPhone release.

Corporate giants that have all been bruised in dustups with Apple put their rivalries aside to remember Jobs.

Few companies felt Apple's rise more than Japan's Sony, whose iconic Walkman transformed the music listening experience in the 1980s but which proved no match for Apple's iPod after it launched in 2001.

"The digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve's innovation and creativity will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations," Sony Corp. President and Chief Executive Howard Stringer said in a statement.

Competing companies that watched as Apple's sales — and its stock price — took off over the past decade posted messages of admiration.

Samsung is calling rival Steve Jobs an "innovative spirit" who will be remembered forever.

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Samsung Electronics CEO G.S. Choi said Thursday that Jobs "introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry."

The announcement of Jobs' death came a day after Samsung said it would file court injunctions in France and Italy seeking to block the sale of Apple's latest iPhone.

The smartphone giants are locked in an intensifying patent fight.

Choi says Jobs' "innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world."

The companies have been at odds since April when Apple took legal actions claiming Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers copy the iPhone and iPad.

"I wouldn't be able to run my business without Apple, without its software," said David Chiverton, who was leaving Apple's flagship Regent Street store in London. "I run a video production company. It's allowed me to have my dream business."

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch said, "Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation."

At an Apple store in Sydney, lawyer George Raptis, who was five years old when he first used a Macintosh computer, spoke for almost everyone who has come into contact with Apple. "He's changed the face of computing," he said. "There will only ever be one Steve Jobs."

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Video: Steve Jobs: Remembering a visionary

  1. Transcript of: Steve Jobs: Remembering a visionary

    WILLIAMS: Good evening.

    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Since the news arrived from California last night and all day today, we've heard people say Steve Jobs changed the world. And it's true. We've heard him compared to Henry Ford , Thomas Edison , Alexander Graham Bell , and it's true. His death was a global event. In his own way he changed life and, along the way, computing and music. He gave us something to point to with pride. He gave us the icons and the fonts and Shuffles and swipes of our modern lives. He was relentless and exacting and unique, and he was was dying of cancer during some of the most productive years of his life. Steve Jobs was Apple and Steve Jobs was the American innovator of the modern age . He's gone at the age of 56, and we remember him tonight beginning with NBC 's George Lewis .

    GEORGE LEWIS reporting: With the help of a top design team, Jobs turned electronic gadgets into objects of desire. There was the Macintosh computer in 1984 ...

    Mr. STEVE JOBS: And it has turned out insanely great.

    LEWIS: ...the iPod in 2001 . And then in 2007 ...

    Mr. JOBS: Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.

    LEWIS: ...the iPhone. And in 2010 , the iPad .

    Mr. STEVE WOZNIAK (Apple Co-Founder): So all these things, one after another after another, it's like home run , home run , home run , home run , you know, and there's only one "Babe."

    LEWIS: In 1976 , Steve Wozniak and Jobs co-founded Apple , and within 10 years it had turned into a $2 billion company with 4,000 employees.

    Mr. WOZNIAK: They were the most fun years of my life.

    LEWIS: It wasn't all fun. After losing a corporate power struggle in 1985 , Jobs left Apple for 11 years. He went into computer animation, acquiring Pixar Studios and striking pay dirt with a string of hit movies starting with " Toy Story ."

    LEWIS: When Jobs came back to Apple in 1996 , he began reinventing the Mac , dressing it up in a variety of colors.

    Mr. JOBS: They look so good, you kind of want to lick them.

    LEWIS: Concerns about his health began in 2004 , when he underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. A year later he spoke about that during a commencement speech at Stanford University .

    Mr. JOBS: This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades.

    LEWIS: But Jobs was losing weight, something revealed in these photos taken in 2007 and 2008 . In April 2009 , he underwent a liver transplant. Five months later, back on the job at Apple , he expressed his gratitude.

    Mr. JOBS: I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs.

    LEWIS: Friends say one of the things that drove Steve Jobs was a premonition he had that he would die young. As he told the Stanford grads in 2005 ...

    Mr. JOBS: Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.

    LEWIS: Time magazine stopped the presses when Jobs died and redid tomorrow's edition, putting him on the cover for the seventh time.

    Mr. JOHN ABELL (Wired Magazine): Steve Jobs is Edison in the sense that he was a terrific inventor and innovator. He was a Henry Ford , the businessman. He might go down as the top CEO of any company of any kind in the history of business.

    LEWIS: Apple employees have been stopping by this improvised memorial at company headquarters. And people have been paying their respects at one of Jobs ' residences in nearby Palo Alto . And all over the Internet there are images like this popping up on social network sites. Jobs is survived by his wife and four children. A communique from the family said that Steve was surrounded by the people he loved, that he died

    peacefully. Brian: George Lewis starting us off in Cupertino , California , tonight. George ,

    WILLIAMS:

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  7. iPad revealed

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  10. Ultra-thin computing

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  12. iPhone introduced

    Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2007. (David Paul Morris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Opening doors

    Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs looks at the crowds at the grand opening of the new Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York on May 19, 2006. (Seth Wenig / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. French connection

    Steve Jobs poses with Apple Executive Vice-President Timothy Cook, left, and Senior Vice-President Jon Rubinstein after a news conference during the opening day of the Paris Apple Expo on Sept. 20, 2005. (Charles Platiau / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. iPod for U2

    Bono, of the band U2, and Steve Jobs hold up Apple iPods at an unveiling of a new branded iPod in San Jose, Calif. on, Oct. 26, 2004. Bono is holding up an iPod with a red dial and black casing. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Changing tunes

    Steve Jobs gestures during Apple's launch of their online "Music Store" and new iPod in San Francisco on April 28, 2003. Apple's new service pulled music from five major record labels offering more than 200,000 songs at 99 cents a download. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. iBook launched

    Steve Jobs carries an iBook laptop computer with built-in handle in New York on July 22, 1999. (Ted Thai / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. iColorful

    Steve Jobs holding an iMac computer in 1998. The iMac, with its jelly colors and friendly rounded corners, was an alternative to the bland looking PCs of the time. (Moshe Brakha / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Jobs and Gates

    Steve Jobs, left, stands at a podium as Microsoft’s Bill Gates appears on a video screen as they speak to the MacWorld convention, praising the new alliance between Apple and Microsoft, on Aug. 6, 1997, in Boston, Mass. Apple and Microsoft unveiled a stunning alliance in which Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple’s stock. (Julia Malakie / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Making a billion

    Steve Jobs became a billionaire on Nov. 29, 1995, when a small digital studio that he owned went public. In its first trading day, investors gave Pixar Animation Studios, the company that made the No. 1 movie “Toy Story,” a market value of $1.46 billion. (Kristy Macdonald / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Jobs at NeXT

    Steve Jobs, as president and CEO of NeXT Computer Inc., shows off the company’s new NeXTstation, after an introduction to the public in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 1990. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Apple IIc unveiled

    Steve Jobs, left, John Sculley, center, who was then president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco on April 24, 1984. (Sal Veder / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Wondrous machine

    Steve Jobs, then chairman of the board of Apple, leans on the Macintosh personal computer following a shareholder meeting in Cupertino, Calif., on Jan 24, 1984. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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    Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces the Apple II in Cupertino, Calif. in 1977. Apple Computer was formed on April Fool’s Day in 1976. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Getting started

    Steve Jobs’ senior portrait is seen in the Homestead High School yearbook. He attended the school in Cupertino, Calif., and graduated in 1972. (Polaris) Back to slideshow navigation
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