Sometimes its hard to find the words in a situation like this - people like Steve Jobs are often distant to a degree that their passing is merely something to note. However, each day I go to work and even when I'm not at work, the legacy of this man's vision keeps me in touch; keeps me entertained; keeps me informed; and ultimately, has changed how I engage with the world around me. The fact that he has done this for so many others around the world as well only makes it all the more impactful.
I have never been a PC or an Apple person - despite the intense feelings people have regarding their technology, I've always personally believed in picking the right tool for the problem at hand. At times in my life the solution came in the form of Apple desktop PCs, be it the IIc I gleefully enjoyed playing with as a preschooler or the Power PCs of my High School years. However, it wasn't until I bought an iPhone that I truly understood what it was that other people saw in Apple products - I was smitten by its elegance.
For someone with the vision and drive to create a company like Apple pass away so soon is almost tragic - his legacy lives on in the company he left behind, but it will never be quite the same.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." - http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/
RIP Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011