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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

Jobs' family released a statement tonight thanking everyone who had expressed concern about his health in the final year of his life. a new position created for him.his inventions. and people quietly stood and looked at the memorial. "He's granted interviews in the context of product launches. He said the design and aesthetics of a device were as important as the hardware and software inside. "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 will miss Steve immensely." Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. . -." He was described as an exacting and sometimes fearsome leader. "In his public life. Calif. he cherished his family. people were hugging and crying. 2011 that he was stepping down as Apple's chief executive. in a way." the statement said. "Unfortunately. after Jobs resigned in August." At Apple headquarters in Cupertino. in 1985.which became Pixar Animation Studios and transformed the cartoon world with such films as "Toy Story" and "WALL-E." One of the world's most famous CEOs. I would be the first to let you know. Jobs remained stubbornly private about his personal life. We know many of you will mourn with us." Apple said it was not planning any public events. and in 2009 he was forced to get a liver transplant. The highlights of Jobs's career trajectory are well-known: a prodigy who dropped out of Reed College in Oregon and. and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief. tonight. He took three medical leaves from Apple." Click here for more reaction to Jobs' death. Ltd. the way he changed technology and communications -. 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. he went into other businesses. "For all he did -. 24. in his private life.'" said David Del Toro. that day has come. "He's never been a media person. in 1986. "Steve. founding NeXT computers and. "Thank you.I felt I was obligated." He remained as chairman of the corporation.." said industry analyst Tim Bajarin. at 21. though a security guard said he was told to pick up any flowers and remove anything like a shrine. refusing interviews and shielding his wife and their children from public view. but you never see him talk about himself. thank you for being a mentor and a friend. 37. He was a multimillionaire by 25. of Miami. started Apple with Wozniak in his parents' garage." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said. Steve was known as a visionary. appeared on the cover of Time magazine at 26. president of Creative Strategies. In the years that followed. he beat back an unusual form of pancreatic cancer. ordering up and rejecting multiple versions of new products until the final version was just right. In 2004. I will miss you. just to say. when it benefits Apple. "We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. Jobs finally announced on Aug. Apple fans also gathered at an Apple store in New York City. and was ousted at Apple at age 30.great honor. buying the computer graphics arm of Lucasfilm. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. Jobs continued to create in recent years despite his failing health. Candles were lit around an iPad with a picture of Jobs on the screen.

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

he was forced to say publicly he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. In January 2009. he became a Disney board member and the company's largest shareholder. Tim Cook. But it quickly recovered and became one of the most successful stocks on Wall Street. it was revealed that he had quietly gone to a Memphis hospital for a liver transplant. In 2009. Gregory J.In 2004.20 per share. Disney is the parent company of ABC News. In 2009. Apple stock dropped to $78. Alex Stone and Catherine McKenzie contributed to this report. Analysts said Apple performed well during Jobs' absence. The company has a history of bouncing back. after he announced his second medical leave. ABC News' Neal Karlinsky. members of Apple's board of directors had to persuade him to disclose more about his health as "a fiduciary issue. On one day in the summer of 2011.3 billion." interwoven with the health of the company. sources said. . Apple briefly passed ExxonMobil as the world's most valuable company. He was listed in March as 109th on the Forbes list of the world's billionaires. with a net worth of about $8. After selling Pixar animation studios to The Walt Disney Company in 2006. partly because he was available for big decisions and partly because his chief lieutenant. was the hands-on manager even when Jobs was there. with the stock hitting the $400 level. Krieg.