Steve Jobs posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (Image credit: Tim Cook)

What you need to know

  • Today, Steve Jobs was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to honor Jobs for the award and his legacy.
  • Sixteen other recipients received the award today.

Today, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

United States President Joe Biden awarded Jobs and sixteen other recipients the honor in a ceremony at the White House earlier today. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who worked under jobs as the company's Chief Operating Officer until taking over the CEO role from Jobs, took to Twitter to honor Jobs for the award and his legacy.

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The White House originally announced on July 2nd that Jobs, along with sixteen other recipients, would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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.

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.

Joe Wituschek
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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.

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  • Worth noting that (to his credit), Steve Jobs was against such nonsense as this and if he were still alive ... he would probably have refused it.