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

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

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

In 2009. After selling Pixar animation studios to The Walt Disney Company in 2006. Apple briefly passed ExxonMobil as the world's most valuable company. members of Apple's board of directors had to persuade him to disclose more about his health as "a fiduciary issue. after he announced his second medical leave.In 2004. ABC News' Neal Karlinsky. with the stock hitting the $400 level. In January 2009. sources said. In 2009. Disney is the parent company of ABC News." interwoven with the health of the company. was the hands-on manager even when Jobs was there. Analysts said Apple performed well during Jobs' absence.3 billion. Apple stock dropped to $78. Tim Cook. he became a Disney board member and the company's largest shareholder. The company has a history of bouncing back. He was listed in March as 109th on the Forbes list of the world's billionaires. . he was forced to say publicly he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. it was revealed that he had quietly gone to a Memphis hospital for a liver transplant. Gregory J. On one day in the summer of 2011.20 per share. But it quickly recovered and became one of the most successful stocks on Wall Street. with a net worth of about $8. Alex Stone and Catherine McKenzie contributed to this report. Krieg. partly because he was available for big decisions and partly because his chief lieutenant.

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