Apple has dedicated its homepage to Steve Jobs following his death on Wednesday at age 56.

Within minutes after the news broke, Apple's homepage read Steve Jobs 1955-2011 to pay homage to its former CEO who spearheaded the launch of the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being, Apple's Web site said. 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.

Apple.com asks its users to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, giving an e-mail address to send comments to.

Jobs developed a rare form of pancreatic cancer which he beat in 2004 before he received a liver transplant in 2009. On Aug. 24, Jobs resigned as the chief executive of 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, I would be the first to let you know, Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. Unfortunately, that day has come.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 with a childhood friend named Steve Wozniak and together created the world's first personal computer from a garage. Just a few short years later, he was a multimillionaire and appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

Jobs continued to work with Apple as chairman of the board, but he was replaced by Tim Cook who was serving with Apple for about 13 years.