Apple founder Steve Jobs dies
Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56. He passed away on Wednesday in California. Mr Jobs stepped down as chief executive of the firm in August due to health reasons. He had been suffering
Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56.
He passed away on Wednesday in California.
Mr Jobs stepped down as chief executive of the firm in August due to health reasons.
He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2004.
He is regarded as one of the greatest innovators of his generation.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, paid tribute to Mr Jobs, saying: “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.”
Mr Jobs was surrounded by his family when he died.
Mr Jobs changed the course of computing during his time at Apple and then brought a revolution to the mobile market.
The iconic iPod, the iPhone and the iPad are the creations of which Mr Jobs will be fondly remembered by, with many people describing the inventor as charismatic and a visionary.
Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape Communications, described him as “The best of the best. Like Mozart and Picasso, he may never be equaled.”
Mr Gates had called Mr Jobs the most inspiring person in the tech industry, while US President Barack Obama held him up as the embodiment of the American Dream.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny added his condolences to Mr Jobs’ family, saying he was a creative genius who “broke down walls in business and opened doors in people’s minds”.
Thousands of technology lovers have also flooded social networking sites Facebook and Twitter with condolences.
Fans have also been leaving tributes and messages at Apple stores across the world, with flags being flown at half mast outside the Apple headquarters in California.
In a statement, Apple said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and that as a result of Steve’s tireless work, “the world is immeasurably better”.