R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder, former chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios and technological visionary Steve Jobs has died following a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.

The following statement was released by Apple:

“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.”

Jobs’ legacy stretches from the introduction of personal computing (via his Apple II in 1977) to the revolution of the music industry with the iPod and iTunes in the beginning of the new millennium, and beyond.

His effect on the world of cinema was also significant. In 1986 he purchased the graphic-arts division of Lucasfilm, which would eventually evolve into animation powerhouse Pixar. Twenty years later he sold Pixar to Disney for more than seven billion dollars (and earned a seat on their board in the process).

Back in August, Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, handing the reigns over to Tim Cook. In his letter of resignation, Jobs alluded to the increasing severity of his health issues:

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.”

“I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.”


2 Responses to “R.I.P. Steve Jobs”

  1. m1ssc0mmun1cat10n Reply October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I always thought he looked like he was getting sicker as time wore on. I didn’t realise he actually was sick though! How sad 😦

    He really lived though, which is something not all of us get a chance to do, so lucky him. 🙂

  2. Steve Jobs wrote this – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
    There is a great film about Steve Jobs and the Apple vs Windows introduction to the world. Its called ( Pirates of Silicon Vally ) great film and a great guy, Steve Jobs you changed the World! Thank you

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