The Last Words Steve Jobs Spoken Before Death

 


 The final utterances of Steve Jobs, the highly praised and frequently cited co-founder of Apple, were disclosed nearly a month following his passing at 56 years old.

Jobs, who once famously characterized death as “likely the greatest invention of existence,” left this world with a lasting gaze at his loved ones and a simple, yet enigmatic remark: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

His sister, Mona Simpson, provided insights into his last moments, which she allowed the New York Times to share in the form of the eulogy she presented at his memorial service on October 16. She recounts how she hurried to Jobs’s side after he requested her immediate presence.

“His voice was warm, tender, loving, like someone whose bags were already packed for a journey, who was already embarking on his voyage, even as he expressed deep, genuine regret for leaving us,” she narrates.

Upon her arrival, she discovered Jobs encircled by his family – “his gaze was locked onto his children’s eyes,” – and he was struggling to remain conscious, she observed.

However, his condition started to worsen. “His breathing altered. It became intense, calculated, intentional. I could sense him measuring his steps again, pushing beyond previous limits. This is my takeaway: he was striving at this, too. Death wasn’t something that occurred to Steve, he accomplished it.”

After surviving one last night, Simpson wrote, her brother started to fade away. "His breath suggested a strenuous journey, a steep trail, high altitude. He appeared to be ascending.

"But alongside that determination, that work ethic, that resilience, there was also the gentle side of Steve’s sense of wonder, the artist’s faith in the ideal, the anticipation of an even more beautiful future.

"Steve’s last words, spoken hours earlier, were single syllables, repeated thrice.

"Before setting off, he glanced at his sister Patty, then at his children for an extended period, then at his life’s companion, Laurene, and then over their shoulders, beyond them.

“Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.’”

Simpson, a novelist and professor of English, also utilized the eulogy to honor some of her late brother’s convictions – and peculiarities.

“Innovation was not Steve’s top priority,” she pens. “Beauty was. For a pioneer, Steve was remarkably faithful. If he adored a shirt, he’d purchase 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto residence, there are likely sufficient black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this congregation.”

While the exact interpretation of Jobs’s ultimate statement is challenging to determine, it will undoubtedly spark further intrigue in a man who continues to fascinate the business and creative spheres even posthumously.

His biography, penned by Walter Isaacson, is leading numerous book charts and is even predicted to be Amazon’s top-selling book this year.

However, the company’s most recent product, the iPhone 4S, is not performing as well, with numerous users reporting quick battery depletion on their new devices.

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