Belfast Telegraph

Bono pays tribute to 'great' Jobs

Bono has paid tribute to the late Steve Jobs describing him as the "hardware software Elvis" and a man "only interested in doing truly great things".

Apple's pioneering former chief executive, who gave the world revolutionary computers, iPhone and iPods, died on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

U2 singer Bono added his voice to the many tributes paid by world leaders to the 56-year-old technology wizard.

He recalled how aside from his impact on technology and culture, he had helped improve the lives of people in Africa by supporting his (RED) initiative, and how he was a devoted family man.

"What made Steve Jobs truly great is that he was only interested in doing truly great things. He was bored by an easy ride or easy profit," said Bono. "In a world littered with dull objects, he brought the beauty of clean lines and clear thought. This rhyme of intellect and intuition could be applied to a wide range of subjects from the US education system, to sculpture, to the fight against HIV/AIDS where his support of (RED) literally transformed the lives of two million people in Africa.

"He changed music. He changed film. He changed the personal computer and turned telephony on its head while he was at it."

US President Barack Obama said that "the world has lost a visionary," while Bill Gates, Jobs's friend and founder of rival Microsoft said his impact would be "felt for many generations to come".

Devotees of Apple have laid floral tributes outside the computer guru's home in California's Silicon Valley, showing he had a popularity equal to that of many rock stars.

Bono continued: "Steve told me as proud as he was of Apple and Pixar, his real pride was his family. He was a thoughtful and tender father, and loved nothing more than hanging out in the house with his belle Laurene and the kids.

"I already miss him - one of a very small group of anarchic Americans who through technology literally invented the 21st century. We will all miss the hardware software Elvis."


From Belfast Telegraph