Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, Dead at 56
Apple founder, Steve Jobs, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday (Oct. 5). He was 56. The Silicon Valley technological visionary reinvented the wheel with his company and, right up until his death, continued to deliver Apple products that would change the way we share and consume information.
"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," Apple said in a statement. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
Jobs co-founded Apple Inc. in 1976 with Steve Wozniak. The pair built the Apple 1 in Jobs' parents garage. Eight years later Apple would release the Macintosh and the rest is history. However, in 1986 Jobs would eventually be fired the company he built, only to return ro save the company in 1996. With Jobs back in the fold, Apple Inc. would make a major comeback and release the iPod in 2001, followed by iTunes, the iPhone, the iPhone, and Jobs' latest invention, the iPad.
Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004. In 2009, the tech titan underwent a liver transplant. He stepped down as Apple's CEO in August stating that he could "no longer meet [his] duties and expectations."