The details are pretty nonexistent right now but AP is reporting that Apple founder Steve Jobs has died. The news first broke on Twitter but so far no real details have been released. UPDATE: ABC News now has a bit more information about Jobs‘s passing, click below to read more.
Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died in California. Jobs was 56. The homepage of Apple’s website contained a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.” Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II. Industry watchers called him a master innovator — perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison — changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications. In 2004, he beat back an unusual form of pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 he was forced to get a liver transplant. After several years of failing health, Jobs announced on Aug. 24, 2011 that he was stepping down as Apple’s chief executive. “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,” Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” One of the world’s most famous CEOs, Jobs remained stubbornly private about his personal life, refusing interviews and shielding his wife and their children from public view.
Man. This is like a punch in the gut. I think many people feared the worst when we learned back in August that Steve was resigning as Apple CEO. Because of his staunch privacy, we didn’t know for sure why he stepped down. Clearly his health was the cause. I can’t EVEN begin to wrap my head around how much of an impact Jobs has had on our modern lives. He changed the world. LITERALLY CHANGED THE WORLD. I think it goes without saying that he will be remembered for all time … and he will surely go down in History as one of the greatest creative minds of our time. My deepest condolences go out to the Jobs family. This is just really sad news. Rest well, Steve. You will be sorely missed.
UPDATE 2: Apple has updated their website with this message:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. 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. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email email@example.com
UPDATE 3: Here is the full text of the email memo that current Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to Apple employees today concerning Jobs‘s passing:
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. 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. We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Sad, sad day ;(