Steve Jobs Dies: Apple Chief Made Early Personal Computer, Created iPad, iPod, iPhone


Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said late today. He was 56 years old. Jobs died peacefully, surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement. In recent years Jobs had fought a form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," read a statement by Apple's board of directors. "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 co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first successful personal computer, the Apple II. Industry watchers called Jobs a master innovator -- perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison -- changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications. "I'm shocked and disturbed," said Wozniak when reached by ABC News. Later, on ABC News' "Nightline," he said it was hard to imagine, in some ways, how the world would move forward without Jobs. "You get shocked when people you know die," Wozniak said. "And this was closer to when John Lennon died, or JFK or Martin Luther King." As Jobs' death was announced, the homepage of Apple's website switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, "Steve Jobs 1955-2011." Clicking on the image brought one to additional text that was attributed to Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the text read. "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." Reaction to Jobs' death came from far and wide. "Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs," President Obama said in a written statement. "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators -- brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." Click Here for Pictures: Steve Jobs Through the Years Jobs' rivals in the development of personal computers, Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, immediately reacted to his death and highlighted his importance to their industry. Allen called him "a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products." Gates said, "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," Gates said. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely

when it benefits Apple." At Apple headquarters in Cupertino. people were hugging and crying." One of the world's most famous CEOs. though Cook's memo to Apple employees said the company was "planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. ordering up and rejecting multiple versions of new products until the final version was just right. he cherished his family. In 2004. but you never see him talk about himself. in 1985." He remained as chairman of the corporation.. We know many of you will mourn with us. "For all he did -. the way he changed technology and communications -. -. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. Jobs continued to create in recent years despite his failing health.his inventions. in 1986. in a way. and was ousted at Apple at age 30. tonight. "Thank you." Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. He took three medical leaves from Apple. buying the computer graphics arm of Lucasfilm. I will miss Steve immensely. after Jobs resigned in August. He said the design and aesthetics of a device were as important as the hardware and software inside.which became Pixar Animation Studios and transformed the cartoon world with such films as "Toy Story" and "WALL-E. "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO. "He's never been a media person. president of Creative Strategies. . He was a multimillionaire by 25. of Miami. founding NeXT computers and. 24. that day has come. Candles were lit around an iPad with a picture of Jobs on the screen. I would be the first to let you know. he went into other businesses. thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Ltd. The highlights of Jobs's career trajectory are well-known: a prodigy who dropped out of Reed College in Oregon and. 2011 that he was stepping down as Apple's chief executive. Calif. I will miss you. In the years that followed. just to say.great honor. and people quietly stood and looked at the memorial. "He's granted interviews in the context of product launches. 37. refusing interviews and shielding his wife and their children from public view. Apple fans also gathered at an Apple store in New York City. in his private life. Jobs finally announced on Aug." Click here for more reaction to Jobs' death. Steve was known as a visionary. started Apple with Wozniak in his parents' garage. at 21. "In his public life. though a security guard said he was told to pick up any flowers and remove anything like a shrine. he beat back an unusual form of pancreatic cancer. Jobs' family released a statement tonight thanking everyone who had expressed concern about his health in the final year of his life." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said. "We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief." He was described as an exacting and sometimes fearsome leader.'" said David Del Toro. appeared on the cover of Time magazine at 26." Apple said it was not planning any public events. Jobs remained stubbornly private about his personal life. "Steve. and in 2009 he was forced to get a liver transplant." said industry analyst Tim Bajarin. a new position created for him.I felt I was obligated. "Unfortunately." the statement said.

Chris Ann Brennan. digital music was math class. They bought a digital file and stored it in their iPods. "Other companies sold digital music before Apple. was a handheld computer. But that personal life -. Reed. had an illegitimate child. the author of such well-known books as "Anywhere But Here.almost incidentally -. He became CEO in 1997 and put the company on a remarkable upward path." said Bill Werde. Jobs' Health and Apple's Health Enigmatic and charismatic. were married in a small ceremony in Yosemite National Park in 1991. Apple's brilliance -." Fortune magazine reported that Jobs denied for years that he was the father of Lisa Brennan Jobs. and had three children." But he did not meet Simpson until they were adults and he was seeking out his birth parents.was that Apple made it exciting and simple and effortless and fun. he transformed the cellphone. but beyond that. and persuaded major recording labels to sell songs for 99 cents each.essentially a pocket-sized computer hard drive with elegantly simple controls and a set of white earbuds so that one could listen to the hours of music one saved on it. Their daughter. Laurene Powell. By 2010. editorial director of Billboard magazine. lived in Woodside. The iPad was a sleek tablet computer with a touch screen and almost no physical buttons. was born in 1978. Jobs took advantage with the iPod -. the personal computer. at one point swearing in a court document that he was infertile and could not have children. shared very little of his personal life with anyone. from watching movies to taking pictures to leafing through a virtual book.Click Here for Pictures: Apple's Iconic Products In 1996. Mona Simpson. In "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. In 2007. brought him back by buying NeXT. messaging device. By 2001. music player. Major competitors.telephone.he was given up at birth for adoption. copied and shared online for free. Apple. Calif." Holmes confirmed the details to ABC News. After. Chris Ann Brennan collected welfare for a time to support the child until Jobs later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter. with its iconic touch screen. a friend and classmate. he had a child out of wedlock with his high school girlfriend.. He admitted that when he was 23. according to Elizabeth Holmes. But then his body began to fail him. "Other companies made digital music available on computers and digital phones and used it in commercials.was full of intrigue for his fan base and Apple consumers. He set up the iTunes online music store. According to the report. Jobs said little about himself. Erin and Eve. He had a biological sister. made it unnecessary for millions of people to buy compact discs. struggled after it appeared. There were other personal details that emerged over the years. It could be used for almost anything software designers could conceive. such as BlackBerry." Jobs did not rest. was romantically linked with movie stars -. Simpson later wrote a book based on their relationship. the commercial music industry was on its knees because digital recordings. Jobs and his wife. including John Lasseter of Pixar and Larry Ellison of Oracle. Before Steve Jobs. At Reed. Lisa Brennan Jobs. Apple's new iPad began to cannibalize its original business. which had struggled without Jobs. it was recess. Apple's iPhone. Nokia and Motorola. digital wallet and -. Its title: "A Regular Guy. ." Holmes tells biographer Alan Deutschman that Jobs broke up with his serious girlfriend to "begin an affair with the charismatic singer-activist.and I don't think anyone doubts that this was Steve Jobs' brilliance -. as well. Jobs kept a close cadre of friends. Bajarin said. Jobs became romantically involved with the singer Joan Baez. No longer did people have to go out and buy a CD if they liked just one song from it.

On one day in the summer of 2011. Apple briefly passed ExxonMobil as the world's most valuable company. Tim Cook. After selling Pixar animation studios to The Walt Disney Company in 2006. it was revealed that he had quietly gone to a Memphis hospital for a liver transplant.3 billion.In 2004. partly because he was available for big decisions and partly because his chief lieutenant. with the stock hitting the $400 level. he became a Disney board member and the company's largest shareholder. . In January 2009. sources said. Disney is the parent company of ABC News. The company has a history of bouncing back. Alex Stone and Catherine McKenzie contributed to this report." interwoven with the health of the company. But it quickly recovered and became one of the most successful stocks on Wall Street. was the hands-on manager even when Jobs was there. Apple stock dropped to $78. members of Apple's board of directors had to persuade him to disclose more about his health as "a fiduciary issue.20 per share. He was listed in March as 109th on the Forbes list of the world's billionaires. In 2009. after he announced his second medical leave. with a net worth of about $8. ABC News' Neal Karlinsky. Krieg. In 2009. Gregory J. he was forced to say publicly he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Analysts said Apple performed well during Jobs' absence.