I know there will be countless posts out there about the loss of Steve Jobs, so I thought I would just say my piece.
Many of you may not understand why this is such a big deal but whether you are a fanboy or not you may understand that we have lost probably the greatest genius of our time.
Steve was not only the leader of one of the greatest companies in the world but when you look closer he was a true genius of many fields. He was a great leader as we have heard from many over the years. He not only knew how to make money but he knew how to inspire the people he worked with and anyone who had the pleasure of his company.
He was a visionary, bringing the most innovative products to the market of our time. As many suggest he had many more visions that are ahead of there time but he knows when and where to launch the products. This also makes him an inspiring marketer.
I really can’t express how I feel about this loss, so I’ll leave it to the news stories. However Steve you inspired many as a businessman and a man. You will be missed.
APPLE today said founder Steve Jobs has died, aged 56.
Mr Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first personal computer, the Apple II.
His family said he died "peacefully", as they thanked those who have supported them through the past year of his battle with cancer.
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family," his relatives said today.
"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family."
"We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories."
Mr Jobs had taken three medical leaves of absence in the last seven years. The first came in 2004 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a usually fatal form, but he managed to recover with treatment.
He also underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
In January 2011 he announced he was going on medical leave and hoped "to be back as soon as I can."
But his return never came. On August 24 he resigned as chief executive of the technology giant, saying "the day has come" for him to step down.
"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," he said in his resignation letter. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
His cause of death is not yet known.
Apple released a statement saying: "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."
Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook Cook paid tribute to Mr Jobs in an email to staff today, announcing his predecessor's death.
"No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him," he wrote.
"We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."
Industry watchers called him a master innovator - changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications, ABC News in the US reported.
Brilliant and demanding, charismatic and prickly, Mr Jobs was the visionary behind the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPod and iPad, raising all to the status of universal must-haves.
Their innovative sleek designs and intuitive systems reflect the singular background of the man who created them - not a buttoned-down businessman but a college dropout, vegetarian, Buddhist, black turtleneck and blue jeans guy.
One of his many gifts was the ability to anticipate what kind of information technology consumers were going to want.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also expressed his condolences, saying that it had "been an insanely great honour" to work with his long-time rival.
"I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work," he said , referring to his wife.
"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.
"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."
Mr Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell, and four children.
His life was as unconventional as the man himself. He was born February 24, 1955 in San Francisco to Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian graduate student who later taught political science, and Joanne Schieble, an American graduate student.
The unmarried couple gave him up for adoption and he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California.
Later, Mr Jobs' birth parents married and in 1957 had a daughter, his biological sister, who is the novelist Mona Simpson. The siblings first met as adults.
After attending high school in Cupertino, California, Mr Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after one semester. However, he continued auditing classes, including one in calligraphy that he later said inspired the Mac's multiple typefaces.
At 20, he made a spiritual pilgrimage to India and at 21, he and Steve Wozniak, a friend and fellow college dropout, founded Apple Computer in the Jobs family's garage.
Under his direction, Apple introduced the first Macintosh computer in 1984.
But just a year later, following an internal power struggle, Mr Jobs left Apple and started NeXT computer company and then co-founded what became computer animation giant Pixar, which went on to produce such box office bonanzas as Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
In 1996, Apple bought NeXT for $US429 million and Mr Jobs returned, serving as CEO since 1997. In 2006, Walt Disney bought Pixar in a $US7.4 billion deal.
After the Macintosh, Mr Jobs' subsequent Apple launches included the iPod in 2001, iTunes in 2003, iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010.
In 1991, Mr Jobs - who reportedly once dated singer Joan Baez - married Ms Powell in a ceremony conducted by a Zen Buddhist monk. They have three children together and Mr Jobs also has a daughter, born in 1978, from another relationship.
According to his biography on the Apple website - a sparse document that runs all of three paragraphs and refers to the Apple CEO by his first name - "Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his family".
But if he did not stray far from home, Mr Jobs still achieved one of his reported goals, "I want to put a ding in the universe".
His death comes the day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Apple unveiled the new smartphone without Mr Jobs, with the company's new chief executive, Tim Cook, taking the reins for the announcement.
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- Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. His biological parents were unmarried college graduates Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali.
- His biological parents had another child, Mona Simpson, in 1957. She grew up to become a critically acclaimed author whose novels include Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father and Off Keck Road. She never knew her famous brother existed until she was an adult.
- Jobs saw his first computer when he was 12, at an electronics club sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company.
- He went to lectures at the Hewlett-Packard plant while he was at high school. He once asked the president of the company, William Hewlett, for parts needed for a frequency counter he was building for a school project. Hewlett gave Jobs the parts, and later a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard, where he met technical whiz Steve Wozniak.
- He visited India and studied eastern religions in the summer of 1974.
- Jobs and Steve Wozniak (pictured) started the Apple Computer Company in 1975. They raised $1300 to start up by selling Jobs's Volkswagen microbus and Wozniak's Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator.
- Apples are reportedly Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit. According to applemuseum.com, the logo was chosen to play on both the company name and the word byte.
- The Apple I computer was released on April Fool's Day, 1976.
- The Apple II notched up first year sales of $2.7 million after it went to market in 1977. The company's sales grew to $200 million within three years.
- Jobs has a daughter, Lisa, who was born out of wedlock when he was 23. He denied paternity, and declared in a court document that he was "sterile and infertile”. He went on to have three other children, and accept Lisa as his child.
- Apple went public in 1980, and the value of its stocks increased 1700 per cent within 12 months. Steve Jobs was 25 with a net worth of more than $200 million.
- A Zen Buddhist monk conducted the marriage of Jobs to Laurene Powell, on March 18, 1991.
- In 1986 Jobs bought a company called Pixar from filmmaker George Lucas (of Star Wars fame). Toy Story was released by Pixar in 1995, with Jobs credited as an executive producer.
- Joan Baez (pictured) and Diane Keaton were rumoured romantic interests of Steve Jobs.
- Jobs tracked down Joanne Simpson, his biological mother, with the help of a private detective.
- Descriptions of Jobs, according to applemuseum.com: high-strung workaholic, motivates others with his enthusiasm, has a "reality distortion field," passionate about technology, a micromanager, arrogant and intolerant; can exude a Zen-like calm.
- Jobs was awarded the National Technology Medal by President Ronald Reagan (pictured) in 1985 and the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1987. In 1989, he was named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. magazine.
- Ella Fitzgerald sang at his 30th birthday party.