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White House to Posthumously Award Jobs Presidential Medal of Freedom

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In 2011, the same year Apple co-founder Steve Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer, Jobs got a Grammy for his contributions to the music industry. Specifically, Jobs received the credit for his “outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity”. The late Apple CEO was quoted as having created “products and technology that have changed the way we consume music, TV, movies and books”.
Jobs will receive another posthumous award as the White House announced Friday that it will bestow upon him the highest civilian honor in the US, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He will be one of 17 recipients in a group that includes Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the late Senator John McCain and actor Denzel Washington.

The White House press release says that Jobs “was the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar, and held a leadership role at the Walt Disney Company. His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that The way the world communicates has and continues to change, transforming the computing, music, film and wireless industries.”

The award will be presented at the White House on July 7. In case you’re wondering, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant civic, public, or private endeavors.”

Jobs will probably always be remembered for the MacWorld presentation on January 9, 2007, in which: he famously introduced the iPhone. After the disclosure, Jobs was asked if: Apple had changed what consumers expect from a mobile phone. He said, “I think the iPhone can really change the entire phone industry,” Jobs said. “I think this is where the world is going.” He was right.

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