Steve Jobs leaves memories…and a challenge for Russia

Most Russians will likely remember Steve Jobs in that moment he presented an iphone4 to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The Russians had invaded California so to speak, and Steve Jobs was one of the gracious hosts for the Russian visit to Silicon Valley in June 2010.

Steve Jobs and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Apple, Silicon Valley, USA in June 2010.

Young Russian consumers love American technology and they admire bold pioneers. Make no mistake, Jobs was a pioneer, creating a technology company unequaled in modern history.

Steven Paul Jobs, the founder and former CEO of Apple computers, died Wednesday evening at age 56. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for eight years.

Just a month ago Jobs resigned from his position at Apple to pass it on to Tim Cook  who took to the stage at Apple headquarters just this Tuesday to unveil details on the iPhone 4S. You may remember that it was Jobs who had unveiled the original iPhone in 2007.

As to that iphone Jobs presented to Mr. Medvedev, well it worked fine in the USA but was quite useless back in Russia, as Jobs had given Medvedev one that was locked to AT&T. We can only imagine that some young Russian technician had it unlocked in no time at all because Russians are good at copying technology, and they love a challenge.

Apple released a statement to the media at around 7:30 pm ET Wednesday evening that reads, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”