Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:53 am,

Old Steve Jobs Photo Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Steve Jobs, the visionary founder of Apple and a luminary in the technology industry, has passed away following a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Jobs was first diagnosed with the illness in 2003. After several years of successfully fighting the disease, Jobs’ health waned in recent years and he was forced to resign from his position as CEO of Apple in August.

Even as a young man, Jobs lived by his future company’s motto of “Think Different.” Born in San Francisco in 1954 and raised in the Silicon Valley, Jobs began his career as a teenager working for Hewlett Packard. While there, Jobs met future Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the pair began to put together the pieces of what would become one of the most celebrated computer companies in history.

Beginning with the Apple I in 1976 and then the Apple II in 1977, Jobs and Wozniak made a bold push into the personal computing industry, earning Jobs his first $100 million by the age of 25. However, Jobs was far from satisfied with financial rewards, opting to continue his work with the development of the Macintosh computer.

The Macintosh, which pioneered the concept of mouse-controlled computing via a graphic user interface, was a huge mass market success, but it didn’t keep Jobs from losing his job one year later in an executive power struggle. Jobs went on to found the computer company NeXT. He also purchased the nascent computer film division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., which would eventually become an animation studio named Pixar (maybe you’ve heard of them).

After declining business, Apple acquired NeXT in 1996 and brought Jobs back into the company. From there, Jobs managed to reinvigorate Apple with several new products, beginning with the iMac desktop computer. In 2001, Jobs directed the creation of Apple iTunes and the iPod, effectively transforming the way we consume music. The iPhone and iPad came in 2007 and 2010, respectively, each having huge impacts on mobile technology.

In a statement on its website, Apple acknowledged Jobs’ long-lasting legacy on the company and on the world.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genuis, 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.

Indeed, it’s not only Apple users that should be saddened by Jobs’ passing. If you’ve  ever cried at a Pixar movie, connected with friends and family over your MacBook, or jammed to tunes on your iPod, you have Jobs to thank. His vision and passion will be greatly missed by the entire world.

If you’d like to share your thoughts about Jobs legacy or simply offer condolences, Apple encourages you to send an e-mail to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

R.I.P. Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) – thank you for your innovative mind.

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  1. I’m a teenager who had only one Apple product that I barely used, but I still feel saddened by the lost of this great man. He gave us the thing that people around the world use today. He gave us all something that most of us love to use. Whether it be for research, entertainment, or something else we all have him to thank. So as just one teenager that wants to voice her opinion about this man that she didn’t know. I thank you Steve Jobs for what you’ve done, and I’m sorry that such a great person like you had to go.

  2. Thats a shame. I personally thought he was the that put the drive in Apple.

  3. opps meant he put the drive in apple.

  4. That’s to bad I didn’t even know he was ill.

    • he shaped todays entertainment and communication fields in such a way few have ever dreamed of… I didnt know he was sick, but even if he was or wasnt, what a shame :(

    • David,

      So… the device you used to leave a comment here had no parts whatsoever manufactured in China, huh? Wow – don’t know how you managed to find something like that. I suppose nothing found in your home was made in China – or not, since that would mean you’d be living in handmade log cabin, down to the nails used to hold it together, with no modern technology of any kind.

      No class AND a hypocrite. Double bonus.

      Vic

  5. iShed a tear today…for such sad news. Even though you are gone. What you have done will never be forgotten. And even in the future, we will be thanking you for all the contributions you have made to modern technology. RIP Steve Jobs.

  6. Rest in peace sir, the soul of Apple.

  7. I don’t mean to be insensitive…but is this a movie about Steve jobs dying that’s coming out or something? What am I missing here? *Tongue firmly in cheek*

    • Agreed.

    • Totally agree. Steve Jobs is just the technological version of Grandmaster Flash. He was gifted in taking things other people create and repackaging the ideas in different ways.

      This is a movie site last I heard, not Techcrunch.

    • From what I gathered from other obit stories:

      Steve co-founded Pixar and was the guy who pitched Finding Nemo.

  8. I think its funny when someone says something like… i dont mean to be insensitive, or no offense, or dont take this personally, or i dont mean to be rude…and then continue afterwards to be insensitive, mean offense, attack you personally, or be rude.

    Saying those things doesnt take away from it…

    And no Its just sad news. The man worked on something he loved as long as he could… even though he had no need to. He and his family are set for life on what he accomplished but he still had the drive to bring more to the world.

    • Agreed dude…. they don’t want to be insensitive as they say… but they try too hard to be ignorant….

      • Not being ignorant, just saw this under movie news and wondered why there was an article at screen rant for it. But you can be mean about it if you want to.

        • The article briefly mentioned Pixar, but I guess that wasn’t enough for you. So…have you ever bought a movie on iTunes? There, it has two tie ins to movie news. Have some respect.

          • Never bought a single piece of content on iTunes. And the Pixar tie in is specious at best since he was a glorified suit and money man at the studio.

            I don’t see too many of those obits at Screen Rant.

          • Wow you’d think I made a shovel ready jobs joke or something. Lighten up.

  9. Dont mess with Samsung !

    • I didn’t want to laugh at your comment but I couldn’t help it.

      • lol

  10. RIP Steve Jobs, you were a true visionary and your legacy will live on for many years to come

  11. He might not have solved world hunger or cured AIDS, but there is no denying that he changed the world we live in for the better.

    RIP

  12. Did he invent all the latest apple tech or was he just the face/owner of apple?

    -RIP Jobs, it’s sad that we think we knew you based on you being on the news. I hardly knew ye.

  13. Been bummed about this all day. :(

    Say what you will about Mr. Jobs but he changed the the digital landscape we navigate through today and gave us wonderful things like Pixar. He will be truly missed and I can only hope Apple can survive without his vision and unique insight guiding it into the future.

    • That’s cool that they set up an email for people to send there messages. Idk. I can just see apples stock either plummeting cuz of this or going through the roof

      • Yeah the Apple email thing is a really nice thing to do.

  14. Never knew he was sick… I was very surprised and shocked when my dad told me he resigned as CEO (now I know why).

    You changed the world with your creative genius, may you now rest in peace, Mr. Jobs…

    • He’d been unwell for quite a while. But he left behind a legacy that will be remembered for a very long time to come, not too many people can say that…

  15. I sort of saw this coming ever since he resigned, but I was still shocked to hear it happened so soon. Truly had a huge impact on the modern world, and lets not forget that he’s the reason behind Pixar’s success. RIP Steve Jobs.

    • He bought Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million and then sold it later to Disnet for $7 billion, that’s what I call a profit. Not enough people know what a driving force he was behind Pixar’s success.

      • Exactly, anyone who says this news doesn’t belong on a movie site should think again.

  16. Steve Jobs was a great founder for Apple.

    He created something that didn’t only chance the world but inspired new technology that could live on as a part of his legacy.

    R.I.P Mr. Steve Jobs.

  17. ….this has absolutely nothing to do with movies….. PIXAR?

    • Come one dude… show a little respect.
      Jobs was a visionary and a truly great man.

  18. What is this PIXAR you speak of?

    • Ever heard of movies like, oh I don’t know….Up, Cars, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story? All Pixar films.

  19. I am amazed how insensitive some are about such a driving force. Steve Jobs was the man who put Pixar on the map, so yes, this does belong on a movie blog site. Microsoft may be the software juggernaught today but coming from a guy he used both PC and Macintosh computers, the Mac was superior IMHO. Apple was floundering when they forced Mr. Jobs out, and when they brought him back, their stock skyrocketed. Kudos to SR for this article; you guys are the best!

    My prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.

  20. The Man who dared to Think Different.
    The Man who saw things differently.

    The rebel. The misfit. The troublemaker.
    Not fond of rules. Except his own rules.

    Glorify him. Vilify him. You can’t ignore him.
    He changes things. He changes life.
    Your things. Your life.

    And because he does you remember him.

    Maybe he had to be crazy.

    Because the people who are crazy enough
    to think they can change the world,
    are the ones who do.

  21. I expected there’d be a few who’d poo-poo on the fact that Screen Rant decided to pay homage to Jobs. In many aspects, if it weren’t for him, think of all the movies edited in Final Cut that you wouldn’t see today. Also think of all the kids shooting and editing movies on their iPhones. (Heck, there’s even an iPhone Film Festival.) Say whatever you want, but we owe to this guy. Maybe not as much as Hitchcok or Heston or the such, but we owe him. Rest in peace.

  22. Why would anyone come in here with negativity? The man was a genius and I too watch movie content on my iPhone. I believe we have him to thank for the revolution of the iPod that led to the iPhone.

    And at David – China is not all slave labor as you think. Our company out sources work to China because they are hard working and dont strike over the smallest thing. They do get paid.
    Recently we called them over to see if they would invest in a production plant here in South Africa. They assessed everything and said that they would, but only if they could bring their own workforce as they can see our workers are “too lazy”.

    • The real problem most companies face is the high labor costs. This would be the same in America. A lot of smaller companies have no choice but to have their products produced in China just to make it viable for them to stay afloat.

      The recession had nothing to do with that. I suggest you watch the Documentary; Inside Job to get a better understanding of why it happened. Indeed from watching that, it is quite obvious how greedy the American corporate business structure is, even without any product manufacturing.
      So if you are going to blame Steve Jobs, then you would have to point fingers at a lot of other people out there. Like Vic says; Do you have no Chinese manufactured products in your home?

  23. Job’s best, most inspiratio­nal quotes at our tribute http://fil­msnork.blo­gspot.com

  24. He’s the reason you aren’t sitting behind big beige boxes today. He and his buddy Steve are the reasons you aren’t typing out your directives on the command line. He insisted that a GUI was the future of computing. He made tech stylish. He imagined bigger than most of his detractors could have managed in ten lifetimes. RIP.

    As for his SR connection, pixar, apple software, portable media devices…he’s at least as important as a movie production house. Think of ipod’s importance during the scoring of LotR alone. Grab a shade of imagination and scramble for a bit more information, and I am sure you ungrateful and graceless peeps will get it eventually.

    • That’s correct. Jobs vision was the driving force behind MicroSoft always having to play catch up with their OS. I can only imagine where we would be today….MSDOS26.0? /cringes

    • Completely agree…

      Anyone who says Jobs had nothing to do with the film industry doesn’t know WTF he/she is talking about. Jobs REVOLUTIONIZED/SAVED the music industry when it was on the verge of going under (thanks to Nabster) and if it wasn’t for him, most of my favorite childhood film (like Toy Story) would never have EXISTED.

      If it wasn’t for Steven Jobs, no one would be able to download and watch films from iTunes, no one would be able to take there music and movie collection with them when traveling (which the iPod, iPad, iPhone allows you to do).

      Show some respect people, the world lost a great man.

  25. I’ve got an idea! Let’s all heat really defensive about Steve Jobs as if he were a close friend or relative so that we can be derogatory to those who take the death of a stranger in perspective!!!

    • You can show respect for someone who died and has accomplished much even if you never met them personally.

      For example if your mother died, I would show respect even though I’ve never met her.

      How’s that for perspective?

      Vic

      • Wow!!

      • I wouldn’t say I was being disrespectful to Steve Jobs or his family really. My point was that the nastiness was more from people talking down to those who don’t hold the guy on a pedestal. Sorry if anyone thought I don’t respect the guy and what he achieved.

        • The nastiness is actually toward people who downplay his impact on all aspects of tech-driven entertainment (as we know it today) at a time when that impact should be acknowledged. It’s almost like some of the readers don’t understand the concept of a memorial service.

          Respect is welcomed not only for the deceased but also for those who honor him at death. If it’s something ppl want to do (say how a true innovator affected their lives), why do others have to muck it up on principle? Seems like sheer spite, to me.

  26. And by heat I meant get.

  27. Listen, whatever your opinions are of Steve Jobs (personally, I think the guy was great), I can’t see how someone(s) can get it into their head that it’s okay to vilify the guy in the comments section of an article that was clearly meant to pay him respect. I mean, in my book, that borders on trolling. Get your own blog, or comment on the sites that don’t like him. The man died for Chrissakes, and I’m reading the comments getting a “good riddance” vibe from some of these people. It’s disgusting.

  28. Oh man, Steve Jobs will be missed big time, he was the innovator of all innovators

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