Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and long-time CEO, dead at 56
"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."
Moments after releasing the statement, Apple updated its homepage to carry this memorial:
Jobs -- the driving force behind the Mac, the iPod and iPhone -- had battled pancreatic cancer since his diagnosis in 2004. In 2006, a gaunt Jobs shocked reporters and Apple enthusiasts when he delivered the keynote address at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
In January 2011, Jobs took a medical leave of absence from the company. Then, in August, Jobs announced he was stepping down as Apple CEO in a letter to employees:
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO," wrote Jobs. "I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
Jobs founded Apple in his Cupertino, Calif., garage in 1976 when he was just 21. He was also an important player behind Pixar, the animation studio that released "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story," among others.
This brief history of Apple is worth watching for some idea of the impact the company has had on technology and culture:
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