Steve Jobs, the iconic co-founder of Apple has passed away after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was 56. Jobs had earlier resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer and named Tim Cook as his successor.

Jobs founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Jobs also co-founded and was the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, after he left Apple in 1985 following a corporate power struggle. Pixar was acquired by Disney. Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 after it acquired his venture NeXT, and was appointed CEO in 1997.

It was during his second coming that Jobs has been credited for playing a major role in the innovation of some of Apple’s most successful products including the iMac in 1998, Mac OS X in 2001, the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. Jobs also played a key role in establishing Apple as the leading content player, with the success of its iTunes Music Store and for laying foundation to the concept of Apps, and for working with developers to make them an integral part of an eco-system surrounding smart phones and devices.

Apple’s Board of Directors issued a statement conveying the news:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs 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.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Apple has also posted a remembrance message on its website:

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.

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