Apple stores to shut down for Jobs tribute

October 19, 2011

Apple stores will close their doors Wednesday as the company mourns the loss of its co-founder, Steve Jobs, according to a report from Reuters citing an unnamed “person familiar with the celebration.”

The company is holding a memorial service for Jobs on its Cupertino, Calif., campus this afternoon, and all Apple stores will halt operations to let employees watch a live broadcast of the event.

As my Post colleague Maggie Fazeli Fard reported in The Buzz, District-area stores will be closed from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will not be taking tech or tutorial appointments during that time. A report from the Wall Street Journal indicated that some stores would be closed for up to three hours and that many retail workers had not been explicitly told why the stores would be closing.

The Reuters report said that the service will be rebroadcast for Apple employees in Asia and Australia.

Jobs, who passed away Oct. 5 at the age of 56, has already been remembered in services for his family and close friends and in a larger memorial service with guests such as former president Bill Clinton and a line-up of the tech industry’s top luminaries.

A report from PCMag Wednesday confirmed reports that Jobs worked until the last day of his life. Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank, said that during a meeting with Tim Cook on Oct 4., the Apple chief executive had to leave early because he was receiving a phone call from Jobs. “He was very sick, very ill. But the announcement of the new product made him live longer,” Son told U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos in an interview last week.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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