Eastern Iowans Say Steve Jobs Changed The Way They Live

By Addison Speck, Reporter

The image of Apple's founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, is displayed on one of the company's MacBook Pro laptop computers at the Apple Store in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. He died peacefully, according to a statement from family members who said they were present. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Just one day after Steve Jobs, the founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., passed away, many are looking back on the impact he has made on technology. Jobs died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 56.

Jobs started Apple Computers in the 1980s, and when the board forced him out he create Pixar. Jobs returned to Apple in the 1990s where iPods, iPhones, and iPads followed.

Even if you don't own an Apple product, you've felt the influence of the technology Steve Jobs pioneered. His technology went from an idea, to be a part of nearly everyone's day-to-day routine.

KCRG spotted the "apple" all over Dubuque on Thursday. iPads, iPods, iPhones, and Macbooks were prevalent as KCRG stopped people on the streets.

While Steve Jobs' connection to our area is limited mostly to his products, many Eastern Iowans say he changed the way they live life. Heather Haggerty has an iPhone. "I don't even need a laptop I just use my phone," Haggerty said.

Dejuan Fuller has a Macbook and an iPod. "From the way things were to now, people don't even use CD's anymore. They just download things right off I-tunes," Fuller said.

Mark Brodersen had his iPhone sitting on the table during his lunch break. He told KCRG he just recently bought his daughter a Macbook. "I think the computer is transforming everything and Apple makes it really easy," Broderson said.

Many Eastern Iowans described the CEO as an innovator. A guy who found success because of his hard work. "I think his insistence on quality products has been a major factor on how the whole computer industry has developed," Brodersen said.

Though Jobs is gone, many look for Apple to continue producing leading-edge products. Filling the hands, pockets, and bags of many people in Eastern Iowa for years to come.

Apple fans are calling for a Steve Jobs Day next Friday, October 14th. That's the day the same day the newest iPhone goes on sale. They're encouraging everyone to wear Jobs' trademark jeans and black turtleneck and share thoughts about him on Facebook and Twitter.

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