Apple visionary, co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died. He was 56. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for years.
Jobs, known for his signature black turtleneck, stepped down as CEO about a month ago. He had founded the company when he was 21.
Jobs had a knack of revolutionizing industries and inventing products that the world didn’t realize it needed — but quickly come to depend.
Apple launched the Macintosh computer in 1984 under Jobs’ leadership.
However, in 1986, he left the company in a power struggle.
Ten years later, he returned and helped transform the then-struggling technology company into the giant it is today.
At the time of his departure, he wrote: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
However, he remained Chairman of the Board of the company, as well as director and a beloved Apple employee.
He recommended Tim Cook, who was formerly the company’s COO, take his place. Cook gave his first keynote speech in the position a day before Jobs’ death when the new iPhone 4S was annnounced.
Apple’s board of directors has just put out a statement on the passing of its great visionary and former CEO, Steve Jobs:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Within minutes of the news, Apple dedicated its homepage to Jobs, who was born in 1955, with the following statement:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
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Steve jobs will be missed.