Yesterday, shoppers looking to pick up a new iPod or take a MacBook Air for a test drive will have arrived at their local Apple store only to find the doors locked and, in some cases, white coverings on the windows. However, this time the stores weren't closed so that staff could prepare for the latest Apple innovation. Instead, Apple closed the stores as a mark of respect for former CEO and Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Jobs finally passed away after a long battle with cancer two weeks ago, and this week, Apple held a memorial for Steve at its Cupertino campus. It closed stores across the nation so that staff could watch the memorial via live webcast. BusinessWeek reports that stores were closed for several hours and that some locations in Northern California covered their windows with white sheets.
The memorial at Apple was for employees to celebrate Steve Jobs' life. Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Al Gore are said to have spoken at the service and Norah Jones and Coldplay, both of whom have performed at Apple events in the past, are said to have played. Another service for Steve Jobs, this one attended by the likes of Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, was held at Standford University last Sunday. U2's Bono supposedly performed at that service.