World without Jobs

World without Jobs

Charismatic Apple co-founder dies of pancreatic cancer at 56

World without Jobs

Steve Jobs - AP File Photo

The death of the computer genius was announced by Apple, a company with a market capitalisation of over $ 350 billion. Apple had only a day earlier unveiled its latest iPhone, the gadget that transformed mobile communications.

In a brief statement, Apple’s Board of Directors said: “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.”

Jobs, who started Apple with high school friend Stephen Wozniak in 1976 in a suburban California garage, leaves behind wife Laurene and their three children. He also has a daughter from a relationship before his marriage in 1991.

In a stunning move in August that had taken the technology world by surprise, Jobs had resigned as CEO of the technology giant and named Tim Cook as his successor.

The iconic technocrat was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He died of complications from pancreatic cancer in Palo Alto, California, surrounded by his wife and immediate family.

No greater tribute

US President Barack Obama condoled Jobs’ death, saying “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”

Jobs had been on medical leave since January but had appeared briefly on a few occasions.

In March, he unveiled the second version of the iPad and later attended a dinner hosted by President Obama for technology honchos in Silicon Valley.

In June, he was on stage in San Francisco to talk about iCloud, Apple’s latest foray into cloud-based computing.

Jobs’ health had been visibly deteriorating over the years, with the Apple chief looking more gaunt and frail with each successive appearances he made to launch various pathbreaking Apple products.

In his letter to the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple community, Jobs had 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.”

Even after his resignation as CEO of Apple, Jobs continued as chairman of the company’s board. He was a highly-respected visionary behind some of Apple’s most iconic and bestseller products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Tributes poured in from world leaders, competitors and top businessmen, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Larry Page.

Gates said it had “been an insanely great honour” to work with Jobs, his long-time rival.

“I am 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,” Gates said.

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