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Quoth Steve

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Since he died in October of 2011, people have looked for a myriad of ways to remember Apple legend Steve Jobs.

That has included a recent mosaic by San Francisco-based artist Jason Mecier, who used 20 pounds of recycled computer supplies (an iPod, an iBook, circuit boards, batteries and floppy disks) to recreate the iconic 2006 photograph of Jobs by Albert M. Watson.

The latest: Quoth Steve, a quote-a-day app that uses inspirational quotes from the Apple founder on everything from tech and design to romance and regrets. Its launch coincided with what would have been Jobs’ 59th birthday.

“He inspires us to not accept the status quo, to strive for wonderful things and not just acceptable things,” said John Gill, who works as a designer at Amazon and who created the app with his brother, Grant. “There’s a lot of good nuggets of wisdom and interesting ways of looking at the world. Some of the technology ones are fun but the best quotes are more about life.”

For the Gills, the quote-a-day model worked best, because people already like ones for Bible quotes and other daily inspirations. The stark and simple design is very much in the Apple design wheelhouse, and a user can share the quotes and flip them over to get more information about them, too.

“You sit at your desk at your boring job and get to tear off a sheet of paper and see the next quote — it’s a very small piece of Jobs, an inspiration at the beginning of your day,” John said. “For us, it’s about broadcasting him, so other people can experience some of his wisdom.”

That said, not for the company Jobs co-founded. Gill said the Apple store rejected the app as a native iOS one, telling him they don’t accept Steve Jobs-themed apps and suggesting he open it up and use quotes from more public figures other than Jobs.

“But that’s not really something I wanted in my pocket,” said Gill, who created Quoth Steve as a Web app. “That’s not the point.”

We have reached out to Apple for comment, but they have not gotten back to us as yet.

However you like to remember him, here are some screenshots of Quoth Steve to enjoy (I like the last one best, because Jobs surely did):




5 comments
SirKneeland
SirKneeland

There is a certain irony in that if you want to pay tribute to Steve Jobs, you'll have to do it on Android. 70s Steve would find this rather sad.

JMWJMW
JMWJMW

Famous Steve Jobs quotes: "The Mac Will Never Have a Color Screen."  "NEXT computers are the only computer you need."  Etc.

TechCheck
TechCheck

The idea of charging even 99c for such an app is a scam.


Inspirational or not, these kinds of apps are shovelware. They are mindless, take less than 10 minutes to put together in Xcode and rely entirely on the creativity of another persons thoughts.


Quality apps on app stores get drowned out by these inane apps with little to no function, and I'm pleased to hear that it was rejected.


If this person cared so much about S Jobs, they could do better with little more than a twitter account.




Dracula
Dracula

I like the way the quotes screenshots enlarge into a slideshow (by clicking on them)

danmcquade
danmcquade

Seems like a cool app. Hope it ends up In the App Store.

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