Apple founder Steve Jobs has 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." Read a statement from Apple's Board of Directors. "Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." Steve Jobs was 56.
Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with childhood friend Steve Wozniak when he was 21, and in 1976 marketed what was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II. He went on to revolutionize the personal computer field, mainly through developing the use of a graphical user interphase and a mouse. He is praised by many as a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci. In his lifetime, he greatly influenced the worlds of computing, recorded music, and mobile communications.
He is also credited for accomplishing the greatest turnaround in business history when he was brought back to become Apple’s CEO in 1997, and effectively guided the company back from the brink of extinction towards becoming the world’s most valuable company in 2011. The success came partly from extremely well-received new innovations such as the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone and the iPad.
Steve Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for several years, and since January had been on a medical leave until his resignation as CEO on August 24th of this year.
He will be greatly missed by fans and friends from all over the world.
Our little magazine wouldn’t exist without him, and we are deeply saddened by his loss.
May he rest in peace.