Apple Founder Jobs Dies After Cancer Battle
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the company has announced.
The Silicon Valley icon, who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone, had stepped down as chief executive of the world’s largest technology corporation in August.
Mr Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant for pancreatic cancer in 2004, had served as Apple’s chairman since that resignation.
A statement issued by Apple paid homage to its leader by changing its website homepage to a photograph of him with the caption “Steve Jobs: 1955-2011″.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the statement said.
“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.”
The flags outside the company’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop flew at half mast.
Mr Jobs’ statement at the time of his resignation said: “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.
“Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple.”
Mr Jobs founded Apple in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
He had begun his third period of medical leave during a 14-year tenure as chief executive around 10 months ago.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour,” Mr Gates said in a statement.
“I will miss Steve immensely.”
“Insanely great” was of one of Mr Jobs’ favourite expressions.
His death comes just one day after the launch of the new iPhone 4S model.