The co-founder of Apple, and its long-time CEO, Steve Jobs, died yesterday, at the age of 56. According to Macworld Magazine, in a statement released from Job’s family, he “died peacefully surrounded by his family.”
And Apple’s board of directors wrote in part in a statement: “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.”
Yes, indeed. After co-founding Apple in 1976, Steve resigned and then later returned to become the company’s interim CEO and chairman in 1997. From that time he oversaw and contributed to many of the greatest innovations in the world of computer technology – from the Apple II in 1977, the original iMac in 1998, the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, and the iPad in 2010.
Under his leadership, the famous Macintosh computer of 1984 (4,000 units sold in the first year) opened desktop computing to the mainstream public. At his helm, Jobs helped make Apple a culture, with a nerdish, cool, and aesthetic appeal.
Anyone who had the privilege of seeing one or more of Jobs’s signature presentations witnessed the presence of an American icon of business and technology. When he would start to walk off stage but return with, “One more thing!”–that “thing” seemed to be what everyone wanted, rather they knew it or not. Mac fans have always shared his passion and love for creative software, hardware, and gadgets that are intuitive, stylish, and trendsetting in the computing industry.
Jobs helped make the world of personal computing a lifestyle, and when he resigned as CEO this past August (and stayed on as as chairman of Apple’s board of director), all of us–his fans–were confident that his ideas, foresight, and legendary contributions would keep the creative world of Apple alive and prospering for decades to come.