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Joe Biden to award Steve Jobs posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Steve Jobs (Image credit: Rene Ritchie/iMore)

What you need to know

  • Steve Jobs has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Jobs is among seventeen recipients of the award.
  • The White House will hold a ceremony on Thursday, July 7.

President Joe Biden will award Steve Jobs a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom more than a decade after his passing.

Today, the White House announced the seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Biden said that the recipients of the award "demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith."

President Biden has long said that America can be defined by one word: possibilities. These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith. They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities – and across the world – while blazing trails for generations to come.

One of the recipients this year is Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and CEO who passed away in 2011. The announcement says that Jobs is receiving the award because "his vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries."

Steve Jobs (d. 2011) was the co-founder, chief executive, and chair of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar and held a leading role at the Walt Disney Company. His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries.

The full list of the seventeen recipients are below:

  • Simone Biles
  • Sister Simone Campbell
  • Julieta García
  • Gabrielle Giffords
  • Fred Gray
  • Steve Jobs (posthumous)
  • Father Alexander Karloutsos
  • Khizr Khan
  • Sandra Lindsay
  • John McCain (posthumous)
  • Diane Nash
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Alan Simpson
  • Richard Trumka (posthumous)
  • Wilma Vaught
  • Denzel Washington
  • Raúl Yzaguirre

The White House says that the awards will be presented in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, July 7.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.