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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies


Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has died aged 56.

The legendary head of the company had been suffering with pancreatic cancer since 2004 and earlier this year stepped down as CEO to be replaced by Tim Cook. He had assured the world that he would remain involved with Apple by being chairman of the board but sadly his time in this position was cut short.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being" read a statement on Apple's website. Meanwhile the homepage simply shows a portrait of him looking intently at the camera in signature black polo neck and chin scratching pose, with the years of his birth and death alongside - a fittingly minimalist tribute to the man's style, passion and intensity.

His family also paid tribute in a seperate statement, adding "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

"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.

"We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief"

US president, Barack Obama also paid homage saying "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".

Once great rival and former CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates, said he was "truly saddened" to hear of Jobs' passing and acknowledged the "profound impact" he had on the world. While Google CEO Eric Schmidt described him as "the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years," and said that "He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company. One of the greatest American leaders in history."

Steve Jobs lead the company through many of its brightest periods, overseeing the launch of the the groundbreaking colourful iMac, the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. His death came just a day after Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S.

He leaves behind a company that is second only to Exxon Mobil in market value, with Apple valued at $351bn (£227bn).

But more importantly he leaves behind his wife, Laurene, and their three children, along with a daughter from a previous relationship.


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October 6, 2011, 1:04 pm

A huge loss to the technology world. What he has done with Apple what he did with Pixar, this is a man that had the vision and the drive to make his dreams a reality and to positively impact the lives of people around the world. For those who haven't heard his Stanford address of 2005, this quote stuck with me:
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.''
RIP Steve.

Lee Marshall

October 6, 2011, 1:08 pm

Took your time with this one guys.


October 6, 2011, 1:54 pm

Sad loss indeed. I wonder if they will do another "Pirates of Silicon Valley"?, a lot has changed since 1999.


October 6, 2011, 3:17 pm

Very sad. 56 is far too young an age. RIP Steve


October 6, 2011, 3:41 pm

while 56 is definitely too young, it is impressive that he survived for 5/6 years after pancreatic cancer and metastasised liver cancer. Wikipedia suggests that the 5-year survival rate is less than 20% for pancreatic cancer.


October 6, 2011, 4:02 pm

Lee Marshall - Thanks for your opinion. I feel it's only fair to defend the TrustedReviews staff who have put in even longer than usual hours this week covering the Apple anouncements as well as working on two exciting end of year projects and still managed to report on this story outside of office hours.

This story broke overnight and was written and published before we were in the office. That's commendable given that it broke overnight and TrustedReviews is not a news organisation.

This has, however prompted us to look at how to staff news coverage outside of office hours, although much of that time is taken up with attending launches, conferences and testing the products themselves.

I appreciate your input of course, we're always trying to make the site better and we couldn't do it without your feedback.


October 6, 2011, 6:23 pm

Some of you who are familiar with my postings will also be familiar with my views on Apple and Steve Jobs himself. However nows not the time to air any of those but to instead remember his many, many achievements which while space wouldn't allow me to list but you'll nonetheless be aware of. I personally greatly admired his single-minded vision of what a product should be and near obsessive attention to detail he attached the finished article.


October 6, 2011, 8:25 pm

Good Bye Steve

I bought into Apples Vision of Technology in 2005 when I purchased a Mac Mini, since then I considered myself part of Steves Flock

You The Man Steve

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