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

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

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

was the hands-on manager even when Jobs was there. he became a Disney board member and the company's largest shareholder. The company has a history of bouncing back. . In 2009. Alex Stone and Catherine McKenzie contributed to this report. On one day in the summer of 2011.3 billion. with a net worth of about $8.20 per share. after he announced his second medical leave. Analysts said Apple performed well during Jobs' absence. But it quickly recovered and became one of the most successful stocks on Wall Street. Tim Cook. partly because he was available for big decisions and partly because his chief lieutenant. Gregory J. sources said. with the stock hitting the $400 level. In 2009. Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Apple stock dropped to $78." interwoven with the health of the company. In January 2009.In 2004. members of Apple's board of directors had to persuade him to disclose more about his health as "a fiduciary issue. it was revealed that he had quietly gone to a Memphis hospital for a liver transplant. he was forced to say publicly he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. ABC News' Neal Karlinsky. Krieg. After selling Pixar animation studios to The Walt Disney Company in 2006. 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.