Chinese Apple fans mourn over visionary Jobs

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A spate of messages are posted on China's microblogging sites in the wake of Steve Jobs' death.[]

Chinese Apple fans post millions of messages on microblogging sites to pay tribute of Apple's legendary founder Steve Jobs following his death which came one day after Apple launched the iPhone 4S on October 5.

"When I head the news, I could not hold back my tears," wrote Yu Minghong, founder and CEO of New Oriental Education, one of the largest private education institutions in China. "Because of him, the world has become different. Because of him, the boring world has become alive, the glum world has become creative, because of him a drab world has become colorful."

Legions of fans expressed grief and regret on the Web sites, saying they believe the newly-launched iPhone 4S is just "iPhone for Steve."

"I was really shocked when I woke up and heard the news in the morning," wrote @ Wei Jinhuan on Sina Weibo, the largest microblogging website in China. "It is like a giant star falling from the sky."

"His creativity and imagination had made the whole world astonished. His death means the end of an era," microblogger "Li Rong" wrote.

"I will never see him introducing his new products in simple dress and with powerful and enlightening words. Alas!" user "Mo Xiaowei" posted.

Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., died in the United States at the age of 56 Wednesday after losing a long battle with cancer and other health issues.

His death came the day after Apple launched the iPhone 4S, but the new product failed to wow its fans who had expected that the compamy would unveil a new iPhone model.

"I now understand why the iPhone 5 can only be called iPhone 4S, because that stands for 'iPhone for Steve.' I will buy a new iPhone 4S to remember great Jobs," microblogger "Xue Qi" said.

"Your products change the world and your thoughts influence a generation. May you rest in peace," Li Kaifu, former Google China president and now CEO of Innovation Works, wrote on Sina Weibo.

According to a report of CNN, fans in Hong Kong plan an "i-Vigil" for Jobs -- using iPhones with a flickering candle app -- outside the city's Apple store, which opened less than two weeks ago. "People have different ways of dealing with it," says organizer Casey Lau. "As a fan and as a user, I think (the reaction is) a little bit crazy but it's a good idea to go out and pay our respects."

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