Am still shock with the news of Steve Jobs’ death which was announced just hours ago. Couldn’t find words to describe how i feel at the moment. Though am not a hardcore fan of Apple itself, but i do know how much Jobs has done for the past few decades in creating a huge impact on the technology industry. Sigh.
Steven Paul Jobs, the iconic co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Apple Inc., died on October 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.
Jobs was leading Pixar Animation Studios, the digital animation studio that he acquired in 1986 to a string of hits. Under Jobs and co-founders Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith, the studio reinvented animation for a digital era, cranking out a string of films that have become modern classics, including Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and three Toy Story movies. Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006 in a deal worth $7.4 billion.
Steve Jobs’ family has released the following statement:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent the following e-mail to the company’s employees:
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 [email protected]
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.
Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Steve Jobs’ passing:
Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an “original,” with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.
The following is a statement from John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer & Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios on Steve Jobs’ passing:
Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.
President Barack Obama issued the following statement:
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Bill Gates released the following statement:
I’m 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. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. 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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
George Lucas issued this statement on the death of Jobs:
The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.
Key dates in Apple history
1976 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak unveil the first Apple computer in Palo Alto, California. It consists of little more than a circuit board and costs just under US$700 (S$909).
1977 The Apple II with a one-megahertz processor becomes the first mass produced computer and an instant hit.
1980 Apple becomes a publicly traded company.
1983 Lisa, the first personal computer featuring a mouse for navigating and desktop icons and folders, is introduced. Its failure is blamed on a daunting price of nearly US$10,000.
1984 The Macintosh PC makes its debut. It is affordable and features innovations such as a disk drive, built-in monitor, and a mouse.
1985 Steve Jobs resigns after being stripped of control of Apple in an internal power struggle.
1986 John Sculley becomes Apple president. Steve Jobs starts computer company NeXT and buys Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division, renaming it Pixar.
1996 Apple buys NeXT and makes Steve Jobs an adviser.
1997 Steve Jobs returns as head of Apple. Arch-rival Microsoft invests US$150 million in the company.
1998 Steve Jobs revamps Apple’s product line, churning out colourful US$1,300 iMac PCs with monitors and drives in the same casing.
1999 The iBook, marketed as a mobile iMac, is introduced.
2001 Apple launches the iPod pocket digital music player for US$399 and opens its first retail store in Palo Alto.
2003 Apple opens online music store iTunes.
2004 Steve Jobs undergoes an operation for pancreatic cancer.
2007 Apple kicks off the era of the touchscreen smartphone with the new iPhone.
2009 Steve Jobs goes on medical leave in January, returning to work in June after undergoing a liver transplant.
2010 Steve Jobs unveils the iPad tablet computer, a huge hit after it goes on sale in April. Apple passes Microsoft in May as the largest US technology company in terms of market value.
2011: Jan 17 Steve Jobs takes another medical leave of absence.
Jan 18 Apple reports a record quarterly net profit of US$6 billion on revenue of US$26.74 billion March 2: Steve Jobs makes surprise appearance to unveil of the latest iPad
June 6 Steve Jobs again surprises by launching Apple’s free online storage hub iCloud
July 19 Apple second quarter profit hits US$7.31 billion on revenue of US$28.57 billion.
Aug 9 Apple briefly passes ExxonMobil as the world’s largest company by market capitalisation
Aug 24 Steve Jobs announces his resignation as CEO and is replaced by chief operating officer Tim Cook, but stays on as Apple board chairman.
Oct 4 Apple unveils the iPhone 4s, which includes a built-in ‘personal assistant’ but fails to dazzle investors as it is not the next-generation iPhone 5 smartphone many had hoped for.
Oct 5 Apple announces the death of Steve Jobs at the age of 56. calls him a ‘creative genius’ and an ‘inspiring mentor’.