Steve Jobs dies at 56; Apple's co-founder transformed computers and culture
His legacy of blockbuster products includes the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Meanwhile, Jobs' other firm, Pixar, revolutionized computer animation.
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.
Steve Jobs speaks at a 2010 Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
By David Sarno and Christopher Goffard
Los Angeles Times / October 5, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Apple announced the death of Jobs — whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said. "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."
He had resigned as chief executive of Apple in August, after struggling with illness for nearly a decade, including a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and a liver transplant six years later.
Few public companies were as entwined with their leaders as Apple was with Jobs, who co-founded the computer maker in his parents' Silicon Valley garage in 1976, and decades later — in a comeback as stunning as it seemed improbable — plucked it from near-bankruptcy and turned it into the world's most valuable technology company.
Jobs spoke of his desire to make "a dent in the universe," bringing a messianic intensity to his message that technology was a tool to improve human life and unleash creativity.