Steve Jobs, the visionary leader of Apple has died at the age of 56, just a few months after announcing his retirement as CEO. Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for eight years.
The Apple website has been replaced with an memorial for the man who not only co-founded the company, but helped turn it around when he returned in 1998, revolutionizing the tech world in the process. The statement reads:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Thos 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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Personally, the original Mac was one of the first PCs I used, back in 1984. I learned the Basic programming language on an Apple II computer. Fast forward a decade to the introduction of the iPod. Most of have owned not one, but several generations of iPods. Apple redefined how we listen to music. Then Apple did the same with computing, mobile phones, tablets, and so much more. Much of this can be attributed to the leadership and vision of Steve Jobs.
Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs. You will be missed.