Apple will close some retail stores for at least an hour on Wednesday in honor of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The closing will come at the same time as a celebration of Jobs' life that will be taking place at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.
Jobs died at age 56 on Oct. 5, following a fight with pancreatic cancer. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, store employees have been notified of the closing because of a private event, but they were not specifically informed that it related to the passing of Jobs. The Journal cited sources "familiar with the matter."
The celebration of Jobs' life on Wednesday had been announced to Apple employees via an e-mail from CEO Tim Cook, according to The Journal. The e-mail said Apple intended "to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place." According to the newspaper, the occasion at Apple headquarters will be three hours long.
On Oct. 7, a private funeral was held for the Apple visionary, and there was a large, private memorial service on Sunday at Stanford University.
The Sunday service included ex-President Bill Clinton, ex-Vice President Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Larry Page, singer Bono, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, actor Tim Allen, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Dell founder Michael Dell, Adobe co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, and others.
Jobs will continue to be remembered in countless large and small ways, not the least of which will be a new authorized biography and, reportedly, a major feature film.
Sony Pictures is negotiating for a seven-figure purchase of the movie rights to the coming authorized biography, "Steve Jobs." The new book, whose release was moved up from November to this month following the Apple co-founder's passing, is written by Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN and ex-managing editor for Time magazine. Isaacson's previous biographies include Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
Immediately following Jobs' death, the as-yet-unpublished book shot from 437th to first on Amazon's bestseller list, based on pre-orders.
According to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, the book presents "a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing."
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs and over 100 conversations with family members, friends and colleagues. It's the first book on the legendary CEO that had his cooperation. The movie reportedly would be produced by Mark Gordon, whose other films include Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow, Source Code, and 2012.
Simon & Schuster said Jobs had neither control over what Isaacson wrote nor even the right to read it prior to publication.