Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away. He was 56.
Jobs was the father of the Macintosh and the brains behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant two years ago. He appeared at the iPad 2 launch in March and the annual developers' conference in June. But he appeared thin at both events.
Jobs was the adopted son of a couple and grew up in Cupertino, California, where Apple is now based. He met his longtime friend and fellow Apple cofounderSteve Wozniak when he was 16 years old.
Jobs founded Apple in 1976 in order to create personal computers that regular people could use. Apple saw some success with its first series of Apple II computers, but the first Macintosh was released to the public in 1984 and became a success. Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 but he returned in 1997.
Steve Jobs became one of the most important people in personal technology between the late-70s and today.
His piers will be the first to admit: Steve Jobs changed the world.
Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.