Apple heeft woensdagmiddag (Amerikaanse tijd) op haar homepage bekend gemaakt dat Apple oprichter Steve Jobs is overleden op 56-jarige leeftijd.
Het overlijden van Steve Jobs komt niet als een verrassing. Hij kampte al jaren met kanker, verliet Apple in januari en droeg zijn taak als CEO over in augustus van dit jaar.
Steve Jobs kwam ter wereld op 24 februari 1955 en werd later geadopteerd door Paul and Clara Jobs. Steve Jobs laat vier kinderen achter, een zoon en twee dochters uit zijn huidige huwelijk en een dochter uit een eerder huwelijk.
Steve Jobs werd gezien als een geniale ondernemer, één van de grootste ondernemers die Amerika ooit heeft gekend hetgeen vandaag duidelijk werd bevestigd door de nodige steunbetuigingen van onder andere de Amerikaanse president Barack Obama, Bill Gates (oprichter van Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) en Tim Cook (Apple's CEO).
"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world. The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him."
"I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."
"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, 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. We are planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply firstname.lastname@example.org. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time."
Familie van Steve Jobs:
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."