Apple cofounder Steve Jobs dies

Tech giant confirms death of former CEO at the age of 56, invites people to share their memories of larger-than-life executive.

In August, Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned from his post, saying he "could no longer meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple's CEO." Today the tech company announced that Jobs has died.

Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone 4 last year. (Credit: James Martin/CNET)

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the company said in a statement. "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."

The company also invited people to share their thoughts, memories, and condolences in emails sent to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Apple's board of directors released a separate statement about Jobs' death, saying, "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."

Before stepping down as CEO, Jobs took three medical leaves of absence from Apple in recent years due to a string of health problems. Upon his latest leave in January, Jobs said he was turning over the company's day-to-day operations to COO Tim Cook. After Jobs resigned, Cook was appointed the company's new CEO. However, Jobs was to stay involved with the company in the role of chairman of the board.

Jobs was 56 years old.

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jonsushi
jonsushi

@Coconutmunkee And yet, I was still right. Also, there's even a "spell check" button. So, you're excuse is that you're just lazy? Nice. Have a super day! :) ****

philonious_matt
philonious_matt

@Moloch121 So you think Jobs' death doesn't deserve so much attention. So what? Even if that's true (which is debatable), that doesn't mean he "deserves to burn in Hell," as you put it. It's sad that an electronics brand can make you so upset.

xcollector
xcollector

Apple doesn't push technology forward. Companies like Intel and AMD push cpu processors to new limits. Companies like Nvidea and ATI push graphics to new limits. Companie like Creative Labs push audio to new limits. Even Nintendo pushed touchscreen technology with the DS before Apple used it with the pod. But I guess the itune tweens don't even know about those companies except for Nintendo. What is really sad is ignorance.

haloreachftw
haloreachftw

reading these comments make me lose hope in humanity.. RIP

HappyBB
HappyBB

This is how I see this man. Steve Jobs was a man who was good at selling and pioneering tech products. Other than that, he was just a regular guy. He was no savior of human race nor interested in changing people's lives for greater good and peace. Jobs was interested in getting money out of our pockets and he wasn't doing any of his work out of philanthropy. He was a businessman and he was good at doing what he was. I am sure his death is a loss in the technology industry. However, Jobs was just a man.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@baystatethrashr actually I think he was pulling a fast one there. You couldn't live off of $1 so obviously he did the trick where he gets a company credit card and can spend what he wants with it (which he did) and that actually just makes him a tax dodger. Don't praise the man for dodging taxes.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

My god am I ashamed to live in a society where this guy is praised so much. Sorry if that gets your apple munchers in a panty twist but the truth is simple, you DO NOT praise people for merely being successful with religious reverence as that is damn pathetic. He did good for himself, the reward was already reaped with the vast cash he got and from what I here the way he was able to kick wozniak around and con that guy to doing the hard work it seems jobs didn't deserve half of what he got. Do I care if a bunch of ipad loving, success glorifying fools are desperate to praise there favourite (lol) 'visionary' who is basically just a con artist. He's the kind of businessman that's always been out for himself, manipulated those close to him such as wozniak and then repackaged his old hardware with a slightly bigger hard drive (ipods) just so he can sell them at the same price no matter how much of a rip off it is. Same with apple computers, always more expensive than they need be but people like the white look so they are obsessed. I swear if they just bought a white screen and a white PC case they could do a lot better.

snake-ala
snake-ala

@RO-nIn187 well that is what is being smart. It turned out that you only need to learn from others and be smart in presenting these ideas. I mean, Apple has a way of making a technology popular for the mass market better than Microsoft. And the quality is always more important than the affordable price. (and that what Sony does also, they say we are not going to sacrifice quality for the sake of reducing prices)

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@baystatethrashr: andddd that changes my point how? how he got his money wasn't the question.....he was stinkin rich. I never said there was anything wrong with that...

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Steve Jobs' legacy will live on through his visions and creations that have been birthed into our society. From Apple II to Pixar to iPad, he has helped shape how we live, relax and communicate. He wasn't alone in all of this, but we may not have gotten as far as we are without his passion to bring his dreams to life. I don't agree with the niche group of cults that held him at a God-like status and I think some people are a little crazy with it. But I won't ignore what his efforts did for us. And for that reason, he will be missed.

IgorZeCruel
IgorZeCruel

Thumb me down if you want, but I honestly don’t get this. I find it more than a little baffling how many people that react in ways that nearly approaches religious hysteria. And I'm speaking in general now, not with reference to whatever comments that have been made below (I haven't read any of them). What did I miss? Classes in iReligion?

StarWatchers
StarWatchers

You only have to watch steve jobs presentations to understand how brilliant he was.. when he was unvieling ipods and iphones he captured you with his presence and attitude.. I loved watching Apple conferences simply because steve jobs was doing them..

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

I will take my hat off.... For ur visionary, man i salute u steve! The world will miss u.... Thanks for everything

nousername66
nousername66

Steve exuded passion, creativity and awesomeness. The world lost a pioneer and a man who lived his life the way he wanted to and that is why I admire him the most. RIP Steve you will be dearly missed.

Moloch121
Moloch121

Three other people famous or important people died on Wednesday why isn't that news? Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth one of the great leaders of the civil rights movement, died in Birmingham. Shuttlesworth and people are calling Steve a God? really? Bert Jansch amazing music, great song writer and guitarist who would influence Neil Young called him the Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar. Charles Napier died in Bakersfield and had some great movie roles and a former soldier. Why does everyone ignore them? At least the Rev. and I don't wanna forget Derrick Bell died Thursday and he was another great man who racism in America and sought to expose it through books, articles and he yet it's largely ignored.

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

I salute thee, because you were the only man brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. You will always be one of my idols :D :D...FYI he revolutionized technology for all of us whether you noticed it or not and he created the 1st portable computer which what u ingrates call laptop without him we would be lost :D...I miss him already :( :(

IrithAyllistira
IrithAyllistira

My god the comments here are so stupid: who cares if the ipad or the iphone are overpriced? Who cares if you like pc better over mac? A man died, for god's sake. His family and friends are grieving for the person he was not what he accomplished as Apple's cofounder. So stop being stupid and trolling around - he was 56 years old, there's way too young for someone to die.

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

REST IN PIECES! i dont know why all you fanboys cry about... he never made anything ground breaking, he took some ideas that were already on the market or have been and made a huge hype about them... the only thing he was good at was marketing and apple products are still overpriced and way overrated... but who cares, next year the ipad 3 comes out and its revolutionary improvement will be a higher resolution so go and save your money, YOU NEED IT!

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

people talk about him like he is the treatment for cancer, relax its not like he saved the world or anything. he made himself a pile off cash, cudos. R.I.P

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@Philly1UPer Like I said, everyone contributes differently. I don't see a video of you doing anything but belittling a man who has done more with himself than you ever will. You should throw all your technology in the garbage and see how long you can do without it.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Hate 'em or Love' em.... the guy changed the way how we view cell phones to music....

Seifer_692
Seifer_692

I personally can't stand pretty much anything Apple does. But the fact remains the world lost one of the most brilliant minds of the last century yesterday. People have computers in their living rooms nowadays in large part because of the world Steve Jobs and Apple did in the late 70's and early 80's. That alone would be enough for anyone to go down in history, but the guy did even more than that. He revolutionized the music industry when the iPod came out just 10 years ago and even outdid himself when the iPhone came on the market, making pretty much every other smart phones at the time seem obsolete. Not only that, he bought Pixar in the 80's and brought it to the level of greatness it is known for today. To say anything bad about this man is quite simply ignoring everything this man has done to make our lives easier by literally bringing entertainment not only to our living rooms, but in our pockets. The world lost a great mind and a great man, one who will be remembered for decades and centuries to come. If I could achieve a tenth of what this man did in 56 short years in my entire life, I could say I was a hugely successful individual, and I bet anyone would say the same. RIP Steve Jobs.

Drkirk08
Drkirk08

These ignorant comments need to stop. Hey, he may not be a perfect person, but he was unique, innovative, smart, and persistent. He helped us move into a world where our lives could change forever and hopefully for the better. If it wasn't for him, many of you all wouldn't maybe be able to be on this site, posting these comments in the first place. It wouldn't be cool for your family and friends to see harsh messages about you if you made a difference and later passed on. It's not cool. R.I.P Steve.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

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Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Snaptrap Pull up a link on youtube that shows Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Tom Hanks just chilling in a third world country directing construction workers where to build improved housing and plumping that is actually worthy of the year 2011.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@baystatethrashr Honestly, I seriously could go on and on, The man is dead. But....I'm actually being somewhat respectful about him and not fully knocking him down, unlike the other people who are just throwing out tasteless, rehased jokes they see on their twitter or facebook here on good old Gamespot. I'm pretty much showing the bigger picture of things. Like I said. It sucks that he died, but people are giving him way too much credit. He didn't even create Apple on his own. Apple was created by Him, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne and they actually had help from with funding from a retired Intel marketing director and even then, Jobs was pretty much fired from Apple and the Macintosh division, mainly because he ended up being like your stereotypical unreasonble, temperamental manager. He did do a lot of good for technology and we will continue to do good with technology because Steve Jobs wasn't the only inventor in the world...but people really need to hop off his sack.

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

@baystatethrashr - May I ask exactly what part of Philly1UPer's opinion is "idiotic" as you so childishly put it? Is it the part where things are put in a realistic, non-dramatized perspective.. or the part that is against brand brainwashing? Listen, no one deserves to have such an untimely death. The man was certainly a marketing genius, but he created nothing new.. he only repackaged existing tech. His talents, while impressive, are not as irreplaceable as so many are trying to blow them up into being. He wasn't the first and won't be the last opportunistic eccentric to whine and backstab his way to the top. We lost a consumer product peddler, not Mother Theresa. Both his corporate field and humanity as whole will manage, trust me.

superbuuman
superbuuman

56 is way too young for any person to die..RIP Mr. Jobs

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

personally I like Apple but I prefer PC layouts better, regardless of opinion tho he died earlier then he should in this age, RIP Jobs

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@BuiltForSin 1. Woz quit while Jobs was with Pixar, right before Apple started to go downhill. 2. Jobs isn't lauded for his technical genius. You're right Woz was the brains behind the technical stuff but Jobs was lauded for his vision, his attention to detail, and his design genius. And Judging from how emotional Woz got talking about Jobs last night, whatever animosity they had is long gone.

josecer
josecer

We are so sorry about Steve Jobs dead.... R.I.P :(

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

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JackZor23
JackZor23

Sorry Steve, but I play games on PC...

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

Rest in peace. He would be remembered as a person who co-founded Apple and one of the biggest importat people of that company. I still remember the old apple 2 computers that I used to have at my elementry school

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

I can't believe some of the comments on here. Founder of an incredible business model or not, he's passed away and there's no need for any nasty comments. Anyone about to post something harsh should actually do a bit of research and find out what the man accomplished, even while he wasn't a part of Apple. He contributed massively to all sorts of different technologies and to top it all off, continued to do so while fighting off pancreatic cancer and dealing with a liver transplant. How many people out there have achieved even half as much without any life threatening illnesses? My thoughts go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Mr. Steve Jobs.

drswank
drswank

Not a fan of apple, but it's hard not to be saddened by this.

gameking5000
gameking5000

His death his unfortunate but the innovations and contributions to the world in the areas of technology and film are unmatched.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@Philly1UPer Not everyone contributes to society in the same way. You only seem to think that donations is the only method. You are narrow.

MelancholyDitz
MelancholyDitz

Even though the only piece of Apple tech that I've ever had is an Ipod Shuffle I'll miss Stevie so effing much.

blackace
blackace

R.I.P. Mr. Jobs. He was very innovative and took Apple from the depths of hell to a worthy and profitable company. Very tech savvy guy who will be missed by his company, family and tech heads all over the world. I'm going to have to get an IPad 2 before the end of the year.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@baystatethrashr His Salary may have said 1$, but the man literally had millions. So that argument is void. Everyone, repeat after me: I am not defined by the products I buy. My computer is not a part of my identity. My computer is a tool. And like all tools, it's only useful if I make it useful. A brand is not a lifestyle. I don't owe gratitude to a billionaire I helped create. Steve Jobs was a business man who charged exhorbitantly for his products. He didn't do us any favors. He didn't make us. We made him

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Wow...even when someone dies...especially Steve Jobs who had a big influence in the tech market...there is always hate and ridiculous discussions going on. Welcome to the internet, I suppose. :? PS: Rest In Peace Steve. May your body and mind find peace, and your soul find salvation.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@Philly1UPer The fact that his salary was only $1 is important because we live in a world where CEOs of banks and oil giants make hundreds of millions of dollars plus bonuses every year while laying off workers and paying them crap. It's nice to know that he wasn't making money at the expense of the consumers or his employees.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

RIP, giant of art and fashion in technology. You will be sorely missed.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Thank you for the technology and the memories, Steve.

Stesilaus
Stesilaus

This was a carefully contrived murder. The killers probably used radioactive Polonium-210, as the Russians did when they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko. Though agents for Microsoft and Google are possible suspects, I believe it most likely that the hitman received his orders from Adobe. :|