Posted on 2011-10-6
Let’s put the iPhone 5 talk aside for a moment. In a shocking press release, Apple has announced the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. The news first broke earlier today that he finally had succumbed to his pancreatic cancer. Apple has requested that all “thoughts, memories, and condolences” be sent to email@example.com.
Jobs will be remembered as a visionary in the tech world. His direction and technological skills have shaped the way the tech industry is today. His legacy will forever be remembered. He will remain a major influence to our world and his spirit will remain the foundation Apple and the tech world.
Jobs left his position at Apple in late August, saying he was unable to meet his duties as CEO. His pancreatic cancer was very public, but Jobs insisted his health was a private matter.
His death comes only one day after the new iPhone 4s was introduced. Before the 4S, Jobs had handled every single media event and keynote. His keynotes were always entertaining and Jobs had the uncanny ability to energize a crowd with his charisma and enthusiasm. Also, his traditional “one more thing” line will forever be remembered, as he would often release the best new features after it.
Jobs was unlike any other CEO of any major company. He was a hands-on leader that propelled Apple to where it is today. In fact, Apple is currently the largest company in the world, in terms of market cap. Jobs leaves behind well over 300 patents that are credited to his name.
Jobs is arguably the most known face to the tech world, even surpassing Bill Gates and Michael Dell. Forbes named him CEO of the Decade in 2009 and he has been often compared to other business visionaries like Walt Disney and Henry Ford.
The family released a statement late Wednesday evening,
“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”
We lost more then a former CEO of a giant tech company. We lost a leader, a visionary, and a brilliant business mind. Jobs was more then the CEO of Apple. He was Apple. He IS Apple. RIP Steve Jobs.