Apple's co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs, has passed away aged 56 after losing a fierce battle against pancreatic cancer.
The news of his death was announced in a brief statement issued by Apple, the company he co-founded from a garage with his school friend Stephen Wozniak in 1976. Together they launched the revolutionary Apple Macintosh in 1984.
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, the statement said.
Jobs had battled cancer since 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009, which is when he announced he had health problems and needed to take a short leave of absence. Despite his battle, Jobs continued to be the face of the company, until six weeks ago when he passed on his title as CEO to Tim Cook.
I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know, Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company. Unfortunately, that day has come.
Jobs, who left with a net worth of $8.3 billion established an entire personal computer industry that has shaped the face of digital technology throughout the years. Remember the first Apple Macintosh that came out in January 1984?
Those who can't remember the actual computer will most probably remember the commercial:
It was broadcast once on a small unknown station, but later replayed on news channels and finally most people were given their real glimpse of the computer when the commercial ran during the NFL Super Bowl. The commercial was directed by Ridley Scott, and the Orwellian scene depicted the IBM world being destroyed by a new machine, the Macintosh.
First Mackintosh; The specifications
Only 50,000 units of the computer were sold in the first 74 days after its release. Consumers found the computer expensive and lacking in memory. The Mac has Lisa user friendly GUI but was lacking in some of its most powerful features like multitasking components and the 1MB, which led Jobs to start developing new Mackintosh software. In 1985, the Macintosh computer line received a big sales boost
Not only did Jobs mastermind the Mac computer for easier computer use, with it he left in his legacy the iPod, iPad and iPhone that have become features of people's daily lives.