Steve Jobs Inspired by 9-Year-Old's iPad Story

Fiona Bligh never thought she would get a response when she sent an email to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. But, the story of her daughter Holly's unique experience with her iPad inspired Steve so much that not only did he write back to Fiona, but Steve asked if he could share her story as well.

Fiona's daughter has albinism. It affects pigment in her skin, hair color and also her vision. The Australian Herald Sun wrote about nine-year-old Holly, noting that her iPad has replaced the large magnifying glass she needed to read. She can quickly enlarge text and is now much more enthusiastic about reading, and can read for twice as long without getting tired.

In her email to the Apple CEO, Fiona shared that "all the other kids think it's awesome that she gets an iPad!" Steve wrote back:
Thanks for sharing your experience with me. Do you mind if I read your email to a group of our top 100 leaders at Apple?
He signed the email "Thanks, Steve".

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Posted: 43 months ago
Magical or not, it's nice that new technologies like the iPad help those with various impairments get educated.
Rating: 24 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago
I love the name Fiona :) Beautiful name.

Also interesting to see a Steve response longer than 3 words ;) I have a story too, Steve. Steve?
Rating: 20 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago
As somebody whom is visually impaired, ever since I've gotten my first macbook pro, I've really been a fan of how they handle accessibility. Even on the iPhone. I can see well enough to get around the iPhone without turning on any specific features, but I can actually see people I know whom are totally blind using one.

Also, in the end, for those whom need screen readers or programs that zoom to make everything bigger, Macs end up being cheaper than many equivalent PC options and work better, from my experience.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago

Also interesting to see a Steve response longer than 3 words ;)


That's how you know this is a complete fake! :p
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago
"The iPad is nice but it's just a giant iPod."
"Tablets are still toys, you can't do anything serious."
"Apple's iPad is too simple. Not enough buttons and flashing lights."

And yet it still manages to change lives. Amazing.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago
I guess this is proof that this org chart (http://fireballed.org/linked/2011/06/29/org-charts/) is real.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago

Nice,
Stories like this make the iPad 'Magical'.


Until I read this story I felt that calling the iPad 'magical' was hyperbole.

I'm happy to admit I was wrong. For some people it truly is magical.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago

Sadly, the man worships money more than anything else.


eh, you better brush up on your Steveology.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago
I find it rather sad how some people seem to jump to the most negative possible conclusions about other people's motivations.

This story was not released by Apple and no doubt the image will be used when Steve gives his presentation. Why assume this is all some kind of publicity stunt? Does anyone here worry that Apple doesn't get enough publicity?

I always feel that people who assume the worst of other are probably projecting their own views more than anything else. No one here would argue that Jobs is a saint - he's never pretended to be - but certainly he believes in things other than money and power. No one is entirely motivated by money and power. No one in the real world anyway. That sort of character only exists in fairy stories. In the real world people are motivated by so much more than that. Why does he want to share this story? Because his people work long and hard and, yes, they earn good money, but the thing that keeps them going is knowing that what they do makes such a huge difference to the lives of people like Fiona.

On the subject of the term 'leaders'; it's now fairly standard business terminology to refer to your top leaders or leadership team when discussing the more senior members of the organistion. It's not cultish.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 43 months ago

Steve? Don't kid yourself, he knows a good marketing opportunity when he sees one. Sadly, the man worships money more than anything else.


Wrong. He already has more money than anyone can spend. Call it 'power' if you like, but changing the world, causing seismic shifts in the way we live, is what motivates Steve.
Rating: 8 Votes

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