Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56. A visionary whose products, the quality he demanded, and his creative insights changed the world of technology forever. Jobs stepped down in late August, in the press release he stated, “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.” Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and it was known that he was stepping down due to his illness but it was publicly unknown just how poor his health had become.
In a statement released earlier today his family they said that he “died peacefully today surrounded by his family.”
Among the many achievements throughout his lifetime the iPod, iPhone, and iPad are probably the most known. The iPod brought digital music to the mainstream and completely changed the music industry. The iPhone blurred the line between a phone and personal computers. And after being told that there was no market for an iPad Steve Jobs relentlessly continued his dream of a tablet computer and recreated the personal computer market.
Bill Gates released a statement saying “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.”
Apple released the following press release:
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.
Our thoughts are with his family and children. The world has truly lost a creative genius today.