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Apple former chief, founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Wed October 5, 2011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said dead at 56

Apple on Wednesday said that recently exited CEO Steve Jobs had died at the age of 56. No cause was given, although illness following his liver transplant is believed to be core reason. The brief statement from the board of directors, which included a formal memorial page, expressed the company's condolences and commented briefly on his impact.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said. "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 had resigned from the company just in late August.

The loss is likely to be one of the greatest for the industry in some time. Although Microsoft gained control of the computer industry, many credit Apple for defining the modern concept of the mouse-driven, visual personal computer with the Macintosh in 1984.

Many consider his return to the company in 1997, first on an interim basis and later permanently, to have been one of the greatest second acts in the industry, if not all executives. He helped computers escape bland design with the iMac in 1998. Jobs may well have overturned the entire music industry by popularizing digital music with the iPod and the iTunes Store.

Smartphones are believed to have swung towards touchscreens, media playback, and powerful apps thanks to the success of the iPhone. The iPad, arguably his last major breakthrough, not only rethought the concept of a tablet computer but ushered in what he referred to as the "post-PC" era, where simpler, non-traditional mobile devices would define how most people computed and got online.

He was also known for having founded NeXT Computer, which both provided the foundations of Mac OS X and even hosted the original World Wide Web. His leadership of Pixar for much of its earlier history ultimately shepherded it to becoming one of the most consistently successful movie studios in the world, both critically and commercially.

Jobs had at times been criticized for an overly authoritative style. Defenders, however, pointed to his style as avoiding the committee- and shareholder-driven approach that had often ruined other companies. Apple has often been praised for having a clear, direct vision of where it will go where many others have been reactive, often to innovations that Apple brought first.

Without Jobs and his fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, MacNN, iPodNN, and Electronista wouldn't exist. Thank you, Steve.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +20

    Sad

    An incredible loss.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    God bless him

    Steve jobs will be remembered. Check out Apple website. He's on the front page.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Farewell

    .

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    RIP Maestro

    The band will play on for some time to come because your conducting skill.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    god bless..

    ..Steve Jobs and his family. Incredible visionary!

  1. mac-a-tac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    A great loss for all

    Steve Jobs was "the man". His innovative ideas and keen market sense created the best company in the world. He has earned his place in history. He will be missed.

  1. facebook_John

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011

    +13

    RIP Steve

    You impacted my life so much, your Apple II was one of my first computers. And probably if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have gone into the IT field. You will be remembered.

    By the way I hope that some of the trash talkers show at least some respect today.

  1. noteprocessor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    comment title

    We have lost the genius, gift from god.
    I will remember Jobs

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +16

    Balls to the wall now

    Here's hoping Apple keeps up the balls to the walls mentality Jobs had.

    Take no prisoners. Innovate and conquer.

    Let's hope Apple remains a leader with great new products! It's Jobs legacy Apple. Don't tarnish it again.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    I Am Saddened

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