Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple founder has Die at 56

Steve Jobs, a founder of Apple and essential figure for understanding the evolution of technology in recent decades, has died tonight at age 56 after losing his battle with cancer he suffered, as announced by the company.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being" , reported by the company through a brief statement on its website . "Those who have been fortunate to meet and work with Steve we have lost a dear friend and mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and spirit will always be on the basis of Apple," the note added The company, which has included a picture of Jobs in his home page as a tribute to one of its creators.

His family has also confirmed the news through a press release expressing his "deep gratitude" for the samples of condolence and support they have received at the news. The emotional text indicates that Apple co-founder died "surrounded by his family." "In his public life Steve was a visionary, in his private life completely devoted to his family" . Family members have also indicated that it has launched the Apple web space for fans to send their condolences and pay tribute to Jobs.

Jobs announced last August the resignation to the CEO position it occupied in the company for health reasons and named as successor to Tim Cook. The executive had been eight months out, since early this year , for medical reasons.

"I always said that if the day came when I could not fulfill my duties and expectations as CEO of Apple would be the first to let them know. Unfortunately that day has come," said Jobs then in the letter that went to the board of directors of the company.

It was not the first time that the executive was forced to relegate their duties because of his health. Earlier in 2004, he had pancreatic cancer several months of work section.

Since then, speculation about his condition have not stopped. In 2009 a new complication him back away from his duties at Apple. On this occasion suffered a hormonal imbalance reported in January that year and lasted six months, which took Jobs to recover from a liver transplant.

Throughout this year was seen several times in centers for cancer patients, although never confirmed that he had reproduced the disease. In 2011, very little publicly lavished reappeared for the presentation of the iPhone in February last March, an event that was greeted with a standing ovation and that was extremely thin.

'He will be missed'

Reactions to the death of Steve Jobs have not been slow in coming and soon after the news, his successor as the top leadership of the company, Tim Cook , said after learning of the death that "Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius and the world an incredible human being. "

Bill Gates also wanted to make public his condolences following the death of Jobs. Microsoft Chairman and eternal rival company Apple has said it will "miss." Gates wanted to emphasize her figure: "In the world rarely sees people who have as much impact as he and the consequences of their actions for generations to come." In addition, the computer mogul has stated that "for those who were lucky enough to work with, has been a huge honor."

Revolutionary genius and maverick

Steve Jobs is considered the driving force behind the success of Apple and the mastermind of the products that led to the highest to the company , including the mobile phone iPhone , the music player iPod or tablet iPad .

In 1976 he founded the company with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, and played a key role in the personal computer revolution. In 1985 he was expelled from the company, prompting a decline in Apple's revenues, which was reversed only with his return in 1996.

During the period when the environment was far from the block, in 1986, Jobs purchased a digital entertainment division with filmmaker George Lucas to ten million dollars and renamed it Pixar became the most successful animation studio in the world . Then he sold it to Disney for 7,400 million dollars.

She founded 'Next Computers' to realize its vision of personal computers powerful but elegant. Although a commercial failure, the scientist Tim Berners Lee used one to create the world wide web (www). Jobs sold the company after Apple, where its technology was the basis for the current Apple operating system.

When Jobs was rehired as chief executive of Apple revitalized the company with the iMac , a colorful one-piece computer. He outlined a strategy to make Apple products in the center of a digital lifestyle that was emerging.

Although strategically it was surpassed archrival Bill Gates, Microsoft, Jobs maintained the same vision it started with digital, which holds that for computers to achieve its optimum performance Apple had to keep control of both hardware and software . Finally, this stubborn insistence was the basis for his later success.

Apple launched the iPod in 2001 and in 2003 the online music store iTunes, which sold seven years more than 10,000 million songs and completely dominated the online music business.

The next great success of the iPhone Jobs was launched in 2007, which revolutionized the smartphone market and is expected to reach a total of 100 million units by year's end. The company launched the iPhone in 2010, which generated an unprecedented demand for tablets and sold over 25 million units so far.

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