Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died aged 56 after a long battle with cancer.
In a statement announcing the news, Apple said: “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 founded Apple with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak and the two created the Apple II, the world’s first mass personal computer. Following a clash with CEO John Sculley in 1985, Jobs resigned and started NeXt Inc.,a company which made university computers, as well as buying Pixar from Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and introduced the attractive, clear plastic iMac models and a new laptop range that helped to steady the ship. But things really took off when he steered the company into consumer electronics with the iPod music player in 2001, swiftly followed by the iPhone and iPad – all of which confirmed the remarkable power of thinking about the customer experience first, and then applying the best design principles to giving them what they want.
Steve Jobs was a business and technology visionary and will be missed.
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