02:45 PM EDT 01/02/2015
Originally posted 10/06/2011 01:45PM
In the public eye, Steve Jobs was a cutting-edge visionary with a knack for developing user-friendly technology. He was the man in the black turtleneck with an estimated $5.5 billion fortune, that guy who asked consumers to make a choice – Mac or PC.
But quietly, the infallible creative force behind Apple had his own personal battle outside the office. Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56, struggled with pancreatic cancer since 2004.
After resigning from his position as CEO in August, Jobs remained in the company as chairman. His letter to the board announcing the change did not mention his health problems, but he alluded to them.
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he wrote. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
Originally posted 10/06/2011 09:05AM
He always had the right words when he stood in front of an audience, eager and energized to detail the ins and outs of the latest Apple product.
But it was a rarer occasion when Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56 after battling pancreatic cancer since 2004, would talk with the same vigor about his own life.
And as those he touched – those who caught wind of his passing on their iPhones, those who own a Mac or an iPod – mourn the loss of the technology world's revered visionary, his words of wisdom about life, death and success from a 2005 Stanford University commencement speech are revisited.
Originally posted 10/06/2011 08:00AM
The death of Steve Jobs has spurred reactions from around the globe, from customers to world leaders praising his genius and mourning his loss.
Among those paying tribute is President Barack Obama, who issued a statement shortly after Jobs's death, from pancreatic cancer, was announced Wednesday.
"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs," Obama said. "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. … By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun."
Obama added: "Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world."
Originally posted 10/05/2011 07:50PM
Steve Jobs, the wizard behind Apple who put the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad into the hands of millions of religiously devoted consumers around the globe, died Wednesday.
He was 56 and had battled pancreatic cancer since 2004.
"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."
Originally posted 08/25/2011 11:00AM
With Steve Jobs's resignation as Apple's CEO, the question arose: Who will step into his signature New Balance running shoes and run the technology behemoth?
On Wednesday, Jobs announced he is handing the reins over to current Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, 50, who first served as the company's CEO in 2004, while Jobs was recuperating from surgery for pancreatic cancer.
What is known about this a soft-spoken Alabaman? Here are five things about Apple's new leader, who reportedly favors Nikes (he's on the sportswear company's board) as his dress shoe of choice:
Originally posted 08/24/2011 07:30PM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO, the company announced Wednesday.
His letter to the board and employees did not mention his health problems, but it was alluded to.
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he wrote. "Unfortunately, that day has come." (For the full letter – sent to Apple's board and later released publicly – see Fortune.com.)
Originally posted 02/01/1999 12:00AM
address at Apple's big MacWorld trade show in New York in his trademark blue jeans and black turtleneck -- looking for all the world like actor Noah Wyle, who portrayed Jobs (not always flatteringly) in the recent TNT cable-TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley." "He did a wonderful job of portraying all my quirks and idiosyncrasies," Jobs later told the Associated Press. Jobs admitted he watched the TV movie, which sliced up both him and Bill Gates. "It could have been more accurate," he said.
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