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Apple late Friday updated its website landing page with a tribute to late South African President and anti-apartheid advocate Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.

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Like it did for the passing of company cofounder Steve Jobs and a select few other world figures, Apple posted a picture of the late political leader to its homepage along with his birth and death dates.

Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a Mandela quote and message, adding his voice to the many world leaders, industry titans and media personalities who extended their condolences through the micro-blogging platform.

"Amazing human being. Champion of freedom and human dignity. He set an example for all of the world. RIP Nelson Mandela. We miss you already," read Cook's tweet.

Mandela died on Thursday after battling a number of serious health problems, including a recurring lung infection that required hospitalization, reports CNN.

During his life, Mandela rose to prominence fighting South Africa's apartheid state-enacted racial segregation policies, which ultimately landed him in jail for 27 years. From his cell, he inspired generations by preaching a civil rights message that sought to make peace instead of spark conflict.

Following his release from incarceration in 1990, Mandela became a central figure in the movement to abolish apartheid, winning the Nobel Peace Prize alongside then-South African President F.W. de Klerk. He petitioned for a multi-racial presidential election in 1994, won the office and served until 1999. His tenure was marked with monumental changes to South Africa's governmental system including a new democratic constitution and staving off a brooding civil war.

The later years of Mandela's life were spent counseling world governments as an elder statesmen and humanitarian work that won him numerous accolades.

Apple rarely pays tribute to an individual on its official homepage, but has made exceptions for Rosa Parks, board member Jerry York and Steve Jobs, among very few others.
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That's awesome. Assumed only SJ would get that kind of treatment. Classy move by Apple. Mandela's life and achievements is one that should be celebrated, and more importantly, learned from. A legendary human being. 


Edited by Slurpy - 12/6/13 at 9:15pm
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Apple rarely pays tribute to an individual on its official homepage, but has made exceptions

Yes, Madiba was an exception. Exceptional human being, an exception indeed!
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Nice move from Apple, Like Jobs, Mandela made me believe that one man can bring so much good to the world
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Extension of the Think Different campaign. Nice move Apple. Now let's see how Samsung responds
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Extension of the Think Different campaign. Nice move Apple. Now let's see how Samsung responds

Let's all just not go there

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I agreed with his cause, but not his methods. Everyone wears blinkers & choose to only remember the good parts, conveniently forgetting (or ignorantly simply not knowing) the terrible actions that he took.

He was a terrorist, he wasn't imprisoned for being black.

For those who are not aware here is a small article that covers the basics: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/3-things-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-nelson-mandela/

To be fair to Mandela he asked people not to call him a hero. It's our media that has decided to turn him into some saintly perfect figure.

Now Gandhi, Gandhi was a real hero. And Gandhi achieved the same goal without blowing up civilian populations or necklacing ones own people who did not agree with his point of view.
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Apple = Class act.

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I agreed with his cause, but not his methods. Everyone wears blinkers & choose to only remember the good parts, conveniently forgetting (or ignorantly simply not knowing) the terrible actions that he took.

He was a terrorist, he wasn't imprisoned for being black.

For those who are not aware here is a small article that covers the basics: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/3-things-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-nelson-mandela/

To be fair to Mandela he asked people not to call him a hero. It's our media that has decided to turn him into some saintly perfect figure.

Now Gandhi, Gandhi was a real hero. And Gandhi achieved the same goal without blowing up civilian populations or necklacing ones own people who did not agree with his point of view.

 

That is nonsense!

Do you know of Steve Biko and many other peacefull activists , he was murdered, Mandela had no way out.

The fight against colonialism started peacefully, it was the bloody inhumanity of the colonial forces that forced the armed rebellion.

 

People talk about what they do not know.

Mandela was not killed because of his notoriety.

 

And it was the CIA that handled him to the Apartheid murderers.

 

 

… And Please, Tell me of a hero who is not human?

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That is nonsense!
Do you know of Steve Biko and many other peacefull activists , he was murdered, Mandela had no way out.
The fight against colonialism started peacefully, it was the bloody inhumanity of the colonial forces that forced the armed rebellion.

People talk about what they do not know.
Mandela was not killed because of his notoriety.

And it was the CIA that handled him to the Apartheid murderers.


… And Please, Tell me of a hero who is not human?

Had Mandela attacked military/government/police based targets I'd put him into the freedom fighter category.

But his tactics were no different to Bin Ladens.
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Once again I see those who are somewhat blind to goodness and greatness. Looking for insignificant reason to disavow ones battle for humanity without the humility of others can never seem to reap the pleasures of the final outcome. Mr. Mandela may you rest knowing that you deeds were not in vane. God Bless!
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I am South African and this makes me truly happy. This is why I love Apple.
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My heroes are geniuses and scientists and inventors, not political figures. So I personally wouldn't call him a hero, but Tim Cook is a big human rights guy so I'm not surprised by this move. Tim Cook has a picture of Martin Luther King in his office supposedly.

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My heroes are geniuses and scientists and inventors, not political figures. So I personally wouldn't call him a hero, but Tim Cook is a big human rights guy so I'm not surprised by this move. Tim Cook has a picture of Martin Luther King in his office supposedly.

 

 

Yeah, Tim Cook thinks differently, clearly Mandela is his hero.

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You lie!

 

Why is it freedom fighters against the West must give the other face when Westerns slaughter and rape freely?

OH, i know.

I have not lied, Mandela openly admitted these acts. Get your facts right before calling me a liar. The difference between me and most other people here is that I see him in shades of grey as opposed to seeing him as some god like saint.

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To be fair to Mandela he asked people not to call him a hero. It's our media that has decided to turn him into some saintly perfect figure.

Now Gandhi, Gandhi was a real hero. And Gandhi achieved the same goal without blowing up civilian populations or necklacing ones own people who did not agree with his point of view.

Point of view? May it be assumed that your own point of view is not the perspective of a non white African who endured a life of unending daily repression under apartheid? Hmm. Apartheid. The word itself is distinctly lacking from your comments. Not trying to provoke a fight here, but just agreeing with you that most revolutions involve various shades of gray - various shades of peacefulness and conflict. Various perspectives.

George Washington was a great and good leader and a hero to my country, but our Revolutionary War was not without its atrocities and yes - acts of terrorism.

Now I hope that we can bring this disagreement to a quiet resolution, because passions can be needlessly inflamed and this is neither the time nor place to set one against another. Otherwise, it's trolling, because we gather here to focus on Apple.

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Yep, what I like the most is him singing "kill all whites".

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcOXqFQw2hc

 

He was just a plain communist with communist methods of killing.

 

 

If they honored Margaret Thatcher, the person who pulled down the Iron Curtain, I wouldn't blink an eye. There was no response to her death from Apple and of course our Commander in Chief sent no serving representation to her funeral. With Mandela, this public outcry is completely inappropriate, commie is a commie.

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Had Mandela attacked military/government/police based targets I'd put him into the freedom fighter category.

But his tactics were no different to Bin Ladens.

 

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I have not lied, Mandela openly admitted these acts. Get your facts right before calling me a liar. The difference between me and most other people here is that I see him in shades of grey as opposed to seeing him as some god like saint.

 

You Lie!

Bin Laden was a byproduct of the West imperialism, wasn’t he?


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Yep, what I like the most is him singing "kill all whites".

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcOXqFQw2hc

 

He was just a plain communist with communist methods of killing.

 

 

If they honored Margaret Thatcher, the person who pulled down the Iron Curtain, I wouldn't blink an eye. There was no response to her death from Apple and of course our Commander in Chief sent no serving representation to her funeral. With Mandela, this public outcry is completely inappropriate, commie is a commie.

 

Thatcher was a coward who stood only for the Rich and powerful.

Margaret Thatcher was barbaric and a terror says Morrissey

 

She did NOT tear down the european communist regime, the regime imploded.

So Communist regimes killed more than the West’s imperialism?

Get out of your cave.


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Margaret Thatcher was barbaric and a terror says Morrissey

 

She did NOT tear down the european communist regime, the regime imploded.

So Communist regimes killed more than the West’s imperialism?

Get out of your cave.


LOOL.

 

"Singer Morrissey" is a very reputable a respectable person. :D

 

BTW

 

What does it change on a fact that Mandela was hard core communist and is responsible for many killings in South Africa?

 

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LOOL.

 

"Singer Morrissey" is a very reputable a respectable person. :D

 

BTW

 

What does it change on a fact that Mandela was hard core communist and is responsible for many killings in South Africa?

 

 

 

Is that yr point?

Are we in kindergarden?

 

Why did he kill?

Do you ever thought about that?

 

Surely yr opinion worth more than anyone’s!

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Good move Apple.  The sheer number of people that Mandela help to free from an ugly and brutal regime, not to mention the number of people all over the world that his life has inspired makes this a very classy and understanding move by Apple.

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I agreed with his cause, but not his methods. Everyone wears blinkers & choose to only remember the good parts, conveniently forgetting (or ignorantly simply not knowing) the terrible actions that he took.

He was a terrorist, he wasn't imprisoned for being black.

For those who are not aware here is a small article that covers the basics: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/3-things-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-nelson-mandela/

To be fair to Mandela he asked people not to call him a hero. It's our media that has decided to turn him into some saintly perfect figure.

Now Gandhi, Gandhi was a real hero. And Gandhi achieved the same goal without blowing up civilian populations or necklacing ones own people who did not agree with his point of view.

Thanks for the link. It is good to know the background.

 

Although he did not reach the stature of Mandela, I thought the same about Menachem Begin and the King David Hotel bombing in 1946. 91 dead.

Best

 

P.S. I do agree, Apple is a class act! :)

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I agreed with his cause, but not his methods. Everyone wears blinkers & choose to only remember the good parts, conveniently forgetting (or ignorantly simply not knowing) the terrible actions that he took.

He was a terrorist, he wasn't imprisoned for being black.

For those who are not aware here is a small article that covers the basics: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/3-things-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-nelson-mandela/

To be fair to Mandela he asked people not to call him a hero. It's our media that has decided to turn him into some saintly perfect figure.

Now Gandhi, Gandhi was a real hero. And Gandhi achieved the same goal without blowing up civilian populations or necklacing ones own people who did not agree with his point of view.

It wouldn't surprise me if someone can dig up a shady chapter in Gandhi's life. We all have them.

 

It is important to know the truth. But it is nearly impossible to do so, even for those close to the man. History is complicated and never as simple as good or bad, but it becomes condensed over time. 

 

Checkered past or not, the last part of Mandela's life has been globally inspirational, in ways that were deserved and earned. Perhaps that is the most important thing to remember.

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Necklacing was NOT invented by Nelson Mandela. Even the briefest amount of research would lead you to discover that necklacing had occurred in 1984 in India during the anti-Sikh riots, a year before the first recorded incident in South Africa. Winnie Mandela supposedly endorsed the practice. However the ANC officially condemned it.

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Checkered past or not, the last part of Mandela's life has been globally inspirational, in ways that were deserved and earned. Perhaps that is the most important thing to remember.
This.
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If you kill people your a murderer. Let's prop him up on a pedestal and ignore that seeing only what we want tho. Great job apple!.....
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This is the seventh time the homepage has featured a notable figure that was not a part of the Think Different campaign.

 

George Harrison in 2001, Jimmy Carter in 2002, Gregory Hines in 2003, Rosa Parks in 2005, Al Gore in 2007, and Steve Jobs in 2011.

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Yeah, Tim Cook thinks differently, clearly Mandela is his hero.

 

And your proof of that is where?

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Point of view? May it be assumed that your own point of view is not the perspective of a non white African who endured a life of unending daily repression under apartheid? Hmm. Apartheid. The word itself is distinctly lacking from your comments. Not trying to provoke a fight here, but just agreeing with you that most revolutions involve various shades of gray - various shades of peacefulness and conflict. Various perspectives.

George Washington was a great and good leader and a hero to my country, but our Revolutionary War was not without its atrocities and yes - acts of terrorism.

Now I hope that we can bring this disagreement to a quiet resolution, because passions can be needlessly inflamed and this is neither the time nor place to set one against another. Otherwise, it's trolling, because we gather here to focus on Apple.

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If you kill people your a murderer. Let's prop him up on a pedestal and ignore that seeing only what we want tho. Great job apple!.....

 

I can think of numerous situations where killers are not murderers.

 

Murder is a specific legal term.  Here in the U.S. it typically means UNLAWFUL killing (as opposed to something like self-defense or war) with malice aforethought.  That's part of what distinguished murder from manslaughter, for example.  Then there are things like vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, and the like.

 

On top of that, you have plenty of situations where killing isn't murder because it isn't unlawful.  Self-defense and wartime being prime examples.  The NAZI soldiers who killed combatants in the line of combat were not murderers.  The NAZIs who took part in mass murder of civilians at places like Auschwitz, on the other hand, had committed murder.

 

So, killing != murder.

 

Now we can argue all day about the actions Mandela took, the situation in which those actions were taken, and the legal and moral implications of a someone fighting for freedom against an oppressive regime, and what is and what is not acceptable behavior.

 

However, what we CAN'T argue about is the fact that Mandela played a large role in freeing a huge number of people from a painful, dehumanizing, and brutal regime.  We CAN'T argue that for many, as evidenced by the last few days, he has served as an inspiration.

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Yep, what I like the most is him singing "kill all whites".

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcOXqFQw2hc

 

He was just a plain communist with communist methods of killing.

 

 

If they honored Margaret Thatcher, the person who pulled down the Iron Curtain, I wouldn't blink an eye. There was no response to her death from Apple and of course our Commander in Chief sent no serving representation to her funeral. With Mandela, this public outcry is completely inappropriate, commie is a commie.

If you actually understood communism


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George Washington was a great and good leader and a hero to my country, but our Revolutionary War was not without its atrocities and yes - acts of terrorism.
 

The Haudenosaunee name for George Washington (Conotocaurious) translates to "Town Destroyer". 

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You Lie!
Bin Laden was a byproduct of the West imperialism, wasn’t he?

What imperialism? The West had permission from the Saudis to be in Saudi Arabia. Bun Laden apparently had no problem with Iraq taking Kuwait.
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The Haudenosaunee name for George Washington (Conotocaurious) translates to "Town Destroyer". 
You caused me to look up both terms since I was familiar with neither. Fascinating! Moreover, it circles us back to the observation that all mortals have their virtues and their faults, Mandela, Gandhi, Washington, Steve Jobs(!), etc. It's how history weighs them as a whole that matters.

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Extension of the Think Different campaign. Nice move Apple.

I'm of two minds. Is everything about 'campaigns'? Marketing? What was the discussion in Cook's office?

"Mandela died."

"Didn't we use him in 'Think Different?' Does Marketing still have rights to his image?"

"Let's update the homepage for a week with a memorial, then resume the holiday theme."

Corporations Are People, Too. They have a heart? Show it to me. I don't believe it.

Remembering Jobs is one thing: he personified Apple.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his cause.

No comparison, hipsters. Now Mandela becomes a t-shirt image, like Einstein or Che Guevara.

I was living in St Thomas VI when Mandela was released. The whole island was insanely jubilant. It was a big deal. Flags stating "Mandela Freed" flew everywhere and the sound of car horns was deafening.

Apartheid was falling. He meant something real to the oppressed and underprivileged.

Tossing his image onto a marketing webpage trivializes his noble accomplishments and reduces him to a meme.

He's not a 64GB iPad - he was a great human being.
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My heroes are geniuses and scientists and inventors, not political figures. So I personally wouldn't call him a hero, but Tim Cook is a big human rights guy so I'm not surprised by this move. Tim Cook has a picture of Martin Luther King in his office supposedly.
You seem to have some underlying issues of those who choose to take a stand against oppression which is sad!
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You Lie!
Bin Laden was a byproduct of the West imperialism, wasn’t he?

Both are true. Mandela was a violent revolutionary and a Communist. Bin Laden was trained by the CIA to repel the Russians.

The upshot from the US viewpoint should be that whenever we allow our military and politicians to interfere and involve us in the affairs of other nations, no good ever comes of it.

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Why did he kill?

Because he chose to do so.
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