The news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Wednesday sent shock waves across the Internet during the evening, as millions of people reflected on the impact that he and his products had on everyday consumers.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an email sent Wednesday evening to all Apple employees, including those at Apple Store.
Locally, on Twitter and Facebook, people shared their favorite Apple products and reflected on how different their lives would be without the products Jobs' vision helped create.
On Macomb Patch's Facebook page, James Coller wrote: "It's a sad day for Apple fans. Hopefully jobs passed along a lot of his creative madness before his time was up. I own quite a few iPods and an iPhone and I'm planning on getting a MacBook. Apple products rock and his presence will be missed."
Grosse Pointe Woods' resident Kevin Hardy tweeted: "To explain why Steve Jobs was so important is simple: Every Apple product I've ever owned felt like it was built for me."
"I will defend Apple products to the death," wrote Krista Cojocar on Macomb Patch's Facebook. "I love them! What a tragedy ... He was a visionary leader and creative genius to the world."
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 and helped to build it into a leader in consumer technology with products such as the iPhone, App store, iPods, Mac products, as well as an array of software. Jobs also co-founded and was the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which created innovative animated movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Cars.
Jobs, 56, had battled cancer on and off for about seven years. He stepped down as Apple's CEO on Aug. 24 to focus on his health.