Steve Jobs of Apple Passes at 56

Brittney Barrett  |

Steve Jobs, visionary and Apple co- founder, has passed away in California according to a press release from Apple. Jobs, 56, is the architect behind such revolutionary products as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

The tech tycoon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009. Since then,  Jobs's health has been a subject of ongoing speculation, appeared to reach a fulcrum when he announced on August 24, 2011 that he would step down as CEO of Apple.

During his resignation, Jobs 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," adding "Unfortunately, that day has come."

While too short, Jobs' life was remarkable. He founded Apple in 1976 with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, at the age of only 21. The two soon released the first personal computer, or the Apple II, out of his parent’s garage.

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Of the Apple II, Jobs said, "We started out to get a computer in the hands of everyday people, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams." Sales of Apple II computer in the late 1970s totaled $139 million after three years, a 700 percent improvement, making Jobs a multi-millionaire by 25.

Jobs' tenure at Apple was filled with comparably impressive innovations. His more recent debuts, the iPod and iPad, have transformed the way people listen to music and absorb media, respectively.  The iPhone has revolutionized the mobile device. The release of new Apple products is considered to be a major event in the tech world, the result of job’s sterling and well-proven reputation as a market innovator.

During a brief exit from Apple, the result of inner turmoil at the company, Jobs purchased a small computer graphics spinoff from the director George Lucas. Today, that company is called Pixar and has brought the world such lauded animated tales as 1995’s Toy Story. Like many of Jobs's other inventions, the films inspire audiences to reconsider boundaries. Pixar can be credited with popularizing computer animation.

Both Pixar and Apple seem to play close attention to importance of aesthetics and could be celebrated for their appeal to a broader audience. Throughout his life, Jobs displayed a knack for recognizing the technological needs of the public, often before they became cognizant of it themselves.

Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene Powell, whom he married in 1991 as well as by his daughters Eve Jobs and Erin Sienna Jobs and his son, Reed. Mr. Jobs also has another daughter from an earlier relationship, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.


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