I Will Miss You Dad: An iPhone pays tribute to its Legendary Father, Steven P Jobs

07 Oct,2011

Kris Dhingra

It’s not often that you get woken up in the morning on your day off with a piece of news that leaves you shell-shocked and makes you fervently pray that what you’ve heard is all a rumour or a dream. Such reactions are normally reserved for unfortunate incidents that happen to your near and dear one’s.

On the morning of October 6, 2011, while lying in sleep mode, I was suddenly picked up from my dock and rushed into the living room to verify what my owner had heard, “Steve Jobs has lost his battle against pancreatic cancer“. It was true, the moment I believed was still many years away had come much sooner than I expected. It was shocking, it was painful and it was sad both for my owner, myself and for millions of my siblings (other iPhone models) and cousins (ipod, iPad and other iOS devices) around the world.

My birth father and the person who had visualized, conceptualized and created me was no more. I think I saw my owner shed a tear while watching visuals of my dad’s amazing keynote presentations from previous years. As the news started to sink in, my body started to get into motion as I began to access the twitter and facebook apps, update the timelines, render the graphics etc. It was hard to deliver the fabulous experience that I am known for given what I had just seen and heard, but I managed it as it was part of my DNA.

My chief Architect and originator Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a brilliant man. In fact he was one of the greatest inventors and visionary entrepreneurs that this generation has ever known. Not many people in today’s world have seen or heard the likes of Edison, Marconi, Graham Bell or Einstein, but they have surely seen and heard my father introduce devices that have changed the face of this planet. He envisioned us in a manner no one could have ever imagined thanks to his extraordinary risk taking ability and capability to understand what users needed before they themselves knew what they needed.

My owner and other iOS users around the world love what we can do for them and how easy we have made their lives, but what they don’t know is how loved we feel when we are bought. I have many foes today who come in a variety of weird names from the house of Samsung, LG, Motorola, Nokia etc and when I see people lining up for days outside our first homes (the Apple stores) it gives us such great delight and joy. No one else has or ever will manage to get such a following unless they believe what my father believed:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Today, I can’t help but feel sad at the passing away of Steve but I also consider myself fortunate to have shared some part of my life with him. I am certain that my owners will continue to take great care of me and treat me in the best way possible, and they will certainly remember Steve every time I create some of the magic that my father gifted me with. Thank You Dad for everything you have done, I will miss you dearly.

Steve Jobs encouraged us to listen to our heart and think differently, so in keeping with that spirit we decided to try this new format to pay homage to our idol.


Kris Dhingra is founder and editor at DelhiPlanet Media. He can be reached at krisdhingra@delhiplanet.com]

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