This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

Last updated at 09:41 BST, Monday, 10 October 2011

Jobs mourned in China


7 October 2011

In China fans of Apple have been reacting to the death of the company's co-founder Steve Jobs.

Martin Patience

Steve Jobs


Click to hear the report:


At Beijing's flagship Apple Store they switched off the company's famous icon at midday. It was a tribute to Steve Jobs the visionary who had created a truly global brand. Flowers were laid at the entrance of the store. Some came to shop but others are gathered to pay tribute.

Speaker 1
"I just found out this morning from the news that Mr Jobs has passed away, so this is why I came here. I wanted to buy some flowers myself but I couldn't find where."

Speaker 2
"I'm kind of a diehard fan of Apple. It's really really sad to see that Steve Jobs passed away. This man I think really influenced the way I think, the way I observe the world. I really can't say how grateful I am to him."

Many Apple products are made in China. But unlike other western brands Apple is a household name here. Its iPhones and iPads are snapped up by the growing middle class. More than 35 million Chinese internet users also tweeted about his death.

Steve Jobs was a man who was idolised around the globe and many here say his vision helped connect the world.

Martin Patience, BBC, Beijing


Click to hear the vocabulary:



most important

a tribute

something that is done to show respect and admiration for someone, particularly someone who has died


an original thinker with intelligence and imagination

to pay tribute to

to do something as a mark of respect for someone

passed away


a diehard fan of

a dedicated follower of

a household name

a product that is very widely known across all levels of society

snapped up

bought in large numbers very quickly


wrote messages on the social media platform Twitter


admired greatly