Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011
Apple Inc. co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs has passed away Wednesday.
Statements on the Death of Steve Jobs:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. 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 Apple Board of Directors wrote:
Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors
CUPERTINO, Calif. — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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.
The statement from Jobs’ family:
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.
Steve Jobs' Public Profile:
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Chairman of the Board
Steve Jobs is the Chairman of the Board of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976. Apple is leading the consumer technology world with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, its family of iPod media players and iTunes media store, and its Mac computers and iLife and iWork application suites. Apple recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
Steve also co-founded and was the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. Pixar merged with The Walt Disney Company in 2006 and Steve now serves on Disney's board of directors.
Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his family.
As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs spearheaded a few of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment and design.
The pundits of Silicon Valley have a term for Steve Jobs' charisma: the reality distortion field. But the truth is, most of us like living in Jobs' reality, where exquisite design and sheer utility make for some addictively usable tools.
Jobs' famous persuasive power is equalled by his creativity and business brilliance -- apparent in legendary hardware and software achievements across three decades of work. The Macintosh computer (which brought the mouse-driven, graphical user interface to prominence), Pixar Animation Studios (which produced Toy Story, the first fully-3D-animated feature film), the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad (and who knows what's next?) all owe credit to Jobs' leadership and invention.
In recent years, Jobs has battled with a rare form of pancreatic cancer -- adding to an epic life story that mirrors the story of Apple itself: ever the underdog, ever the spectacular success. In August 2011 he stepped down as Apple's CEO, remaining as Chairman of the Board.
"The past decade in business belongs to Jobs."
Steve Jobs is the co-founder and CEO of Apple and formerly Pixar.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs regularly makes most rosters of the rich and powerful. It is surprising for a guy who takes home an annual salary of U.S. $1. The reasons why he is on all power lists are; Apple, Next, iPod and Pixar. Jobs is also known as the one man who could have upstaged Bill Gates. But Jobs was as excited about innovation as Bill Gates was interested in making money.
The Important moment of Steve Jobs in history
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955
Steve Jobs at the age of 10 Steve Jobs’ senior high school portrait 1972
Steve Jobs Established Apple Computer on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, California to sell the Apple I personal computer kit.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak on April 1, 1976
Apple I personal computer kit
Apple II tranparent 800
Steve Jobs unveiled the first Apple Macintosh in 1984
Apple Macintosh's amazing graphic tools
Think different inspired Apple’s culture, team and customers. It created passionate engineering and unimaginable product design.
Steve Jobs was fired from Apple and founded another computer company NeXT in 1985
Steve Jobs said after he was fired from Apple "The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."
Steve Jobs and the NeXT computer
In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division
Steve Jobs and Pixar
Steve Jobs and the "Toy Story" - first film produced by Disney and Pixar partnership
In 1996, Steve Jobs Return to Apple Because Apple announced that it would buy NeXT for $429 million.
Steve Jobs Back to Apple
Steve Jobs was formally named interim chief executive in September 1997.
At the 2000 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs officially became permanent CEO
Under Steve Jobs' guidance, Apple released some revolutionary computer product like Mac OS X, iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook AIR etc.
Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based operating systems and graphical user interfaces developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc.
Steve Jobs and iMac
The MacBook Pro is a line of Macintosh portable computers introduced in January 2006 by Apple
The MacBook Air family is a line of Apple ultraportable Macintosh notebook computers
With the introduction of the iPod portable music player, iTunes digital music software, and the iTunes Store, Apple made forays into consumer electronics and music distribution.
iPod Family - from left to right: iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch
Steve Jobs Released iTune 10 on September 1, 2010
On June 29, 2007, Apple entered the cellular phone business with the introduction of the iPhone
On June 29, 2007, Steve Jobs Announced iPhone
On June 9, 2008, Steve Jobs Announced iPhone 3G
On June 7, 2010, Steve Jobs Announced iPhone 4
Steve Jobs and App Store
In April 2010, Apple bring the world to post PC era with the introduction of iPad.
On January 27, 2010, Steve announced iPad
On March 2, 2011, Steve Jobs announced iPad 2
On August 24, 2011, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but remained at the company as chairman of the company's board
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.Unfortunately, that day has come.
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