Former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs has died at age 56, Apple has reported.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple claimed in a statement.
On the company website, Apple displayed the following message:
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.
Those who have been fortunate 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.
Apple has requested friends and fans looking to share “thoughts, memories, and condolences,” email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO in late August, citing health concerns, most of which have stemmed from his battles with pancreatic cancer. He twice temporarily stepped down previously to focus on his health. Both times, his now successor as CEO, Tim Cook, stepped in.
Speculation regarding Jobs health heightened following his resignation. Though he claimed he would stay on as the Apple Chairman of the Board, he stayed out of the public eye. When Tim Cook and Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, the company made no mention of Steve Jobs, who was famous for his spirited product launches, in which he often described Apple’s latest wares as “magical.”
What Did Jobs Mean for Technology?
It’s hard to overstate just how much Apple’s innovations with Steve Jobs at the healm changed the personal technology industry. As many have stated, Apple did not invent many new products, but the company reinvented whole categories. For a look back, please see NotebookReview, Steve Jobs: His Life, His Death, And What It Means For Apple.