The charismatic founder of Apple, an icon to generations of Apple fans has passed away, according to a release from Apple on Wednesday. Steve Jobs was a co-creator of one of the first personal computers. Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. He left eight years later, returning in 1996 to reinvigorate Apple and bring about a string of successful innovations, including the iMac personal computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Steve Jobs was instrumental in making computers for the home and for enhanced mobility. A rare visionary has been lost but his gifts to business and humankind will live on.
A rumored illness plagued Jobs for over a year. He resigned from Apple in August, handing his baton to Tim Cook, who appeared at Apple’s recent release of the iPhone 4s. Although rumors were filling websites about the coming of iPhone 5 at Apple’s announcement this past Tuesday, it’s likely that key Apple insiders knew that Jobs was passing. The 4s is the testament to the genius and persona of Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs once said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” Apple will continue. Jobs’ visions will continue to touch and inspire more people.
The person that helped define popular technology for the 21st century is gone. Sadly, yet happily, we await new individuals and revolutionaries to lead us into the future.