Steve Jobs, the Creator of Apple Computers, Has Died at Age 56

Steve Jobs, the Creator of Apple Computers, Has Died at Age 56

New York City : NY : USA | Oct 05, 2011 at 5:09 PM PDT
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Steve Jobs' Life in Pictures---

Steve Jobs' untimely death was reported today by The Associated Press.

He was born February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with his childhood friend Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs' family garage. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern personal computing.

Jobs co-founded Apple Computers in 1976 with Wozniak. Apple computers were considered the first personal computers, revolutionizing the computer industry to focus on home computers that were available to and, more importantly, “friendly” and easy to use for the novice.

He has been compared to Thomas Edison in terms of changing the technological world.

In 2004, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and managed to beat it at the time, and in 2009 he received a liver transplant.

After several years of failing health, Jobs announced on Aug. 24, 2011, that he was stepping down as Apple's chief executive. Early in 2009, reports circulated about Jobs' weight loss and some predicted that his health issues had returned, speculations that were fueled by his liver transplant. Jobs responded to these concerns by stating that he was dealing with a hormone imbalance. After nearly a year out of the spotlight, Steve Jobs delivered a keynote address at an invite-only Apple event September 9, 2009.

In his letter of resignation from Apple last month, 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."

One of the world's most famous, influential and successful CEOs, Jobs remained stubbornly private about his personal life, refusing interviews and shielding his wife and their children from public view, according to ABC news.

Bill Gates In Memory of Steve

In a statement just released Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft had this to say in memory of Steve Jobs:

"I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely, reported in business

Tech World Remebers Steve Jobs

Bloomberg reports, Michael Dell, chief executive officer of Dell Inc. (DELL)

“Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder.

The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.”

Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co. (DIS)

“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted adviser. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built.

It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an ‘‘original,’’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.

With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”

Family's Public Statement

His family has just made a public statement about his death:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.


for Steve Jobs’ family
Katie Cotton, 408-974-7269

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