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Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple and a driving force behind the creation of the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod, died Wednesday after a long bout with cancer. He was 56.

The passing of Jobs was announced on Wednesday by Apple. The company has encouraged "thoughts, memories, and condolences" to be sent to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the company said in a statement. "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."

Jobs left his position as chief executive of Apple in late August, saying he could no longer meet his duties. For years he fought pancreatic cancer, but Jobs was adamant that his health was a private matter.

His passing comes just a day after Apple introduced its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. Though Jobs traditionally handled his company's media events, he was not capable of delivering its latest keynote, and current CEO Tim Cook presided over the event.

Jobs was known for being a showman, and had the ability to captivate a crowd with his charisma, enthusiasm, and frequent promises of "one more thing" to serve as a surprise capstone for keynote presentations, where he would introduce Apple's latest and greatest products.

Among those products was the iPhone, first introduced in 2007, which went on to become the best-selling smartphone in the world. The success of the iPhone has been so staggering that it propelled Apple to become the largest company in the world by market cap.

But Jobs was more than a salesman known jokingly for the so-called "reality distortion field" that influenced those around him; he was also a hands-on leader who played an important role in the creation of many of the company's iconic devices. He leaves behind an unparalleled portfolio of more than 300 patented inventions credited to his name.

Jobs' leadership and guidance helped to make Apple the most valuable technology company in the world, surpassing its longtime rival Microsoft. That feat is even more astonishing when one considers that Apple as a company was nearly dead when Jobs began his second tenure as CEO in 1997.

Even while away from Apple, Jobs continued to find success, including the founding of acclaimed and Oscar-winning movie studio Pixar, creator of films like "Toy Story," "Up," and "The Incredibles." He also founded the company NeXT which was acquired by Apple in the late '90s, laying the foundation for Mac OS X, the operating system that powers Macintosh computers to this day.

His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, and Jobs became one of the most recognizable faces in all of the business world. In 2009, Fortune named Jobs its CEO of the Decade, and he has been openly compared to other visionaries in business like Walt Disney and Henry Ford.

An unprecedented look at Jobs' life will arrive this November in the form of an authorized biography written by former Time editor Walter Isaacson.



Jobs' family provided the following statement on Wednesday:

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 Steves 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.

"No words can adequately express our sadness at Steves death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him," Cook said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."

Below is the full statement from Apple's board of directors on the passing of Jobs:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steves 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.
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post #2 of 365
very very sad day... which I sensed was coming... damn it!
he gave it his all till the very end.. he will be remember forever and will be very missed. a very sad personal day for me today.. Im going to take the rest of the day off and reflect on this great inspirational man.
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post #3 of 365
So it's not a rumor - damn!

RIP Steve - you will be missed

Edit: This empty chair has extra significance today

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post #5 of 365
A huge loss for the world. Best wishes to his family and Apple.
post #6 of 365
Steve Jobs RIP.
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post #7 of 365
RIP Steve!
post #8 of 365
I'm sure it's something that sadly they will have thought of over time, and had pre-prepared, but I have to say, what Apple have put on their website to mark this is very fitting.

A sad day for those of us who love technology, but a tragic day for his family.
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Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple and a driving force behind the creation of the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod, died Wednesday after a long bout with cancer. He was 56.

R.I.P. Steve
post #10 of 365
Very sad day. Rest in peace Steve Jobs.
post #11 of 365
Words fail me. Very sad news indeed. Thank you Steve, for everything.

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post #12 of 365
And thus, just like that....Humanity lost a bit of itself today.
post #13 of 365
words fail me. god bless and rest in peace
post #14 of 365
RIP. A true genius and really, the reason we are posting here right now. I came here almost 11 years ago. Never thought I'd be writing this post.

Thank You, Steve. You saved Apple, and maybe even "us" in the process.
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post #15 of 365
So very sad.
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The world has lost one of its brightest candles today. We will miss you Steve!
post #17 of 365
I was hoping this wouldn't be the case...RIP Steve and thanks for being a pioneer.
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Heres to the Crazy One.

The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker. The round peg in the square hole.

The One Who Saw Things Differently.

He wasn't fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo.

You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you cant do is ignore him. Because he changed things.

He pushed the human race forward. And while some may have seen him as the crazy one, we saw genius.

Because the man who was crazy enough to think he could change the world, was the one who did.

What a wonderful tribute.
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post #19 of 365
The world is less beautiful this evening.
post #20 of 365
Wow! Just wow!

After following Steve for over 30 years it feels like a death in the family.

Thanks, Steve, for everything.

RIP
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Condolences to Steve's family, his Apple family and my fellow Apple devotees here at AI for such a great loss.

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Good bye Steve. The only ray of sunshine is no more suffering.

God Bless.
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post #22 of 365
So sad....
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However you feel about the man or his company, no one can deny that Steve Jobs changed the world in how we communicate with each other and with technology. We have lost one of the greatest of our lifetime. I honestly cannot fully process this news right now.

My heart goes to his family and all who was close to him. You will be missed, Steve.
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post #24 of 365
That was a bit of a sudden. A great loss is all I can say, religious belief differences aside.

Yesterday's presentation was the last best gift he could get regardless of the quality. He knows Tim can handle it.

Sad.
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RIP Steve. You were a true visionary and a gift to the world.
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Now heaven will get to know what a real APPLE is. RIP Mr. Steve Jobs.
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Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs.
post #28 of 365
Oh no. Very sad day
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R.I.P. Steve and thanks for everything you gave to the world. God bless.
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R.I.P Apple, you are nothing without him.
post #31 of 365
Steve,

Thanks for bringing originality, vision and just plain balls into world awash in mediocrity. Your Stanford speech was a model for me and I will always have you as an example to follow as I think of new ways of being and not settling for anything less than my own personal vision.

This world will miss you.

AER
post #32 of 365
May your soul rest in peace Steve.
iUniverse will surely MISS you.
post #33 of 365
Oh my! That is truly sad. My heart goes out to the family.
post #34 of 365
Wow, just not sure what to say. Seriously sad, but grateful for everything that he contributed.
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post #35 of 365
Rip our dear great leader you would be missed
My condolences to the family of Mr.Jobs

Rip
post #36 of 365
Sad day indeed. Something seem amiss when Steve stepped down. He was Apple.
post #37 of 365
Terrible
just terrible.

Thank you for all you gave us.
post #38 of 365
A deeply sad, even if inevitable, day.

Thank you, sir, for being such a gift.

See you up there, some day. \
post #39 of 365
mmmmmm.......
mmmmmm.......
MMMMMMM........
post #40 of 365
My all time favorite quote:

"It's not our customers' job to know what they want."
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