The passing of a titan: Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, has died at the age of 56. The shocking news came just 2 months after Steve officially stepped down from his position as company’s CEO.

Widely regarded as the greatest innovator of his time, Steve was battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer and was on his third medical leave since early 2011. In August, he resigned to hand the CEO position to Tim Cook, who had previously filled the role during Steve’s absence due to medical treatments in 2004 and 2009.

Several noteworthy public figures as well as business rivals have issued a statement in reaction to the passing of Steve Jobs.
In the White House website, USA President Obama wrote: “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. [..] The world has lost a visionary.”
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft – a company that is regarded as the fiercest competitor of Apple – also sent sincere condolences to Job’s family and friends. Bill Gates goes on to saying it had been ‘an insanely great honor’ to get to know Steve.

The co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin, also expressed deep sorrow on the behalf of all his company, pointing out that Steve’s ‘passion for excellence’ is noticeable by everyone who used an Apple product, himself included.

During his time with Apple, Steve helped bring many famous products into the world that would reshape the way consumers interact with technology.

In 1998, Steve helped the company return to profitability with the introduction of iMac, the ‘all-in-one’ desktop computer. Its unusual egg-shape along with the transparent colored casing was quite eye-catching, and the simplicity of setting up Internet was one of its major selling points.

Apple would hit an important jack-pot in 2001 with the release of iPod. The music player’s overwhelming success along with the accompanying software iTunes allowed Apple to get a considerable head start in the now blooming digital music business.
Six years later, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone that would the transform the way mass market viewed and interacted with smartphones. In 2010, Steve introduced iPad that in turn revolutionized the tablet market, and the subsequent success allowed Apple to achieve a dominant position of over 60% share of all the tablet sales in the world.

Steve’s almost obsessive attention to detail successfully carried over to the products he released. His deep, almost philosophical understanding of what the consumers really wanted tied neatly with his unconstrained passion for perfection, and his unmistakable aura during product presentations allowed Steve to captivate millions upon millions of minds across the world.

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