Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56, Apple announced in a statement. It was just back in late August when Apple resigned as CEO, having then taken the position of chariman of the 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,” Jobs stated in his resignation letter.
“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,” Apple’s statement today read.
Jobs has been on medical leave since Jan. 17, with his duties being filled by Cook, who was then chief operating officer.
The 55-year-old Jobs had briefly emerged from his medical leave in March to un veil the latest version of the iPad and later to attend a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for technology leaders in Silicon Valley. But his often-gaunt appearance had sparked questions about the severity of his illness and ability to continue at Apple.
Over the next few days, weeks…years a lot will be said about Steve Jobs. A lot is being said about him right now. Having been an avid Apple user since 1988, I have plenty of thoughts of my own. It’s rare that I can say a man I’ve never met greatly affected my life—my career, my hobbies…my friendships—but I can certainly say that about Steve.
Right now, however, doesn’t feel like the time. Right now, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and to all of those who worked closely with him over the years. It’s a huge loss for Apple and for the tech industry in general, but right now, it’s a bigger loss for those around him.
All I can say to them is that we’ll greatly miss Steve’s presence, and we owe him our thanks.