He is an iconic Apple executive. Steve Jobs is best remembered in his lifetime as the man on a black turtle-neck shirt during Apple’s product launches in the past. Above all, he is known for introducing product innovations for the benefit of the consumers.
Steve Jobs lost his battle against cancer. Apple made the announcement few hours as i wrote this post and said:
...Apple is "deeply saddened” to announce that Mr. Jobs had passed away on Wednesday. "Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the company said. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
When Jobs stepped down as CEO and became Chairman of the Board of Apple in August, i was honestly suspecting it was due to his deteriorating health condition. He went a surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009.
Upon stepping down from his post in Apple, many had made tributes of him online calling his brilliance in innovating good products for the consumers as incomparable.
Jobs, with namesake Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple some 20 years ago and launched the first Macintosh computer in 1984. He abruptly exited from Apple the following year after a power struggle but returned in 1996 and lifted Apple from near-dead to its present status.
While the tech-world described him as a visionary, his family said Steve “cherished his family”.
An ABC News Report says: “Industry watchers called Jobs a master innovator — perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison — changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications.”
Jobs, is behind the idea of creating the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, and iTunes that sets the trend in consumer products.
Here are some of what other prominent people in the tech-world can say about Steve Jobs:
BILL GATES, Founder-Microsoft-- “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.” PAUL ALLEN, Co-Founder-Microsoft-- "a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products." VIC GUNDOTRA, Google-- "Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced. But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never for get. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday."
Gundotra recalled a call on a Sunday from Steve Jobs asking him if Apple could work with Google to correct the color of the second O of the Google icon on the iPhone.
TIM COOK, CEO-Apple-- "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." MARK ZUCKERBERG, Founder-Facebook--Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
At the home page of Apple, Mr. Jobs’ black-and-white photo is displayed sans other images and text.