Incredibly sad news from Apple just a matter of minutes ago: Steve Jobs has died today at the age of 56.
Jobs had fought pancreatic cancer publicly and privately since 2004. Just over a month ago, he officially resigned as CEO, vowing to be a very active chairman of the Apple board, making today's news painfully abrupt.
Chances are, you encounter something on a daily basis that probably would not exist were it not for the mind of Steve Jobs, truly one of history's greatest technical, even cultural innovators. It's a sad day for all of us here at Popular Science, who daily honor the spirit of innovation Jobs embodied more than anyone else on this planet. He will be dearly missed.
A tribute page on Apple.com quotes from Jobs's successor Tim Cook's message to the company: "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."
An email address, email@example.com, has been established for those who wish to share their thoughts, memories and condolences. All of us here at PopSci extend our best wishes to his family, friends and loved ones.
I guess the cancer was way more serious then anyone thought.
A sad day for all
One of the greatest innovators of our time has died way before he should have. What better way to say, " Cancer is terrible?" He was today's Nikola Tesla.
Not only Tesla, he was the greatest innovator in the technological field since Opppenheimer and Edison.
I was raised to not speak ill of the deceased, but Jobs was not on the scale of Tesla or Oppenheimer. He created a powerful technologies company and did very well for himself, but his innovations were no where near as world changing.
My thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed by many.
God Bless Steve Jobs, his family and friends! I wish him well! I put much good thoughts and feelings for him and his family!
MadCobbler, practically every major advancement in personal communication in the last 20 years has come from Jobs or Apple, he created the first widely available personal computer, over 350 million people worldwide use some kind of Apple product, if that isn't world changing what is?
The world of education will miss Steve Jobs, his contributions to technology and teaching have made learning more successful and fun for students of all ages.
Damn, all that money and cancer still got him. Tesla he was not, but a genius and a visionary nonetheless.
The death of Steve Jobs is very tragic. Some say that he was the Thomas Jefferson or Henry Ford of our time. He was a person who bought a lot the society and our modern age and I'm sure had a lot more to still give. Guess we'll never know.
To the passing of one of the men of our time. Rest in peace.
In my early days of college and computer programming, one of the courses I took was Apple Basic on a Apple IIe. Before this, during this and all the years of apple, Steve Jobs was great and superb leader. My prayers are towards Steve Jobs, his family and friends. I wish all of them good feelings and stay close in your time of need. Take care and God Bless!
jobs was amazing in his nazi way but tesla level genius?? lmao not even close. tesla was 100 years ahead of his time. jobs was just on time
RIP Steve Jobs
*Don't feed the trolls
He was no Nikola Tesla, Nikola wanted free energy for everyone...
RIP Steve Jobs.
woah woah, first he steps down, then the iPhone 4S is released, then he dies?!? whats this supposed to be?? sorta sucks he lived long enough to see his most recent product be such a disappointment.
I didn't say he wasn't world changing at all, just that he wasn't on the same scale. Both Tesla and Oppenheimer helped redefine physics on the electrical and the nuclear levels (respectively). Jobs did bring about personal computer usage, but the effects haven't been fully realized yet. So putting a computer and software designer on the levels of two world-redefining physicists doesn't sit well with me.
I'd say he'd be right around Goddard and rocket engineering. It would have come around eventually, they just sped it up.
Like I said, I will not speak ill of him. I just don't believe he is as innovative as those two particular physicists.
Love him or hate him, no one can deny the radical effect he had on the course of our technological evolution.
The world has truly lost one of its icons.
His memory will live on in us all.
Yeah Tesla comparison is just lol. He definitely was a Ford or Edison though. Cancer is so horrible :[ I had a feeling he didn't have much left in him when he stepped down from Apple.
A truly innovative person and taken from us way too soon. RIP
@MadCobbler he may not have been on the same scalle, but he changed the world just as much if not more.
people also lack the ability to realize that 1 company influcne HUNDREDS of other companies.
about a billion products out there would not exist from other companies if it wasn't for apple.
Just like the xbox would not be here if it wasn't for the Play station.
Not to mention apple is probably the single most innovative DESIGN firm, forget technology. what about art and design. people over look those things as well. I am no apply fan boy, I have only owned apply anything my entire life.
and "I was raised to not speak ill of the deceased, but..."
then DONT! keep your opinion to your self. no one forced you to type it. if you were raised not to speak ill of the dead, then who ever raised you FAILED!
you guys talk about tesla nd opeihimoer.
people dont even know the worlds true heroes. luis Pastar has been accreted as one of the worlds greatest saviors. his discoveries have lead to savings hundreds of MILLIONS of lives and when he was alive the economy of France!
people just like to pluck out the famous people from history.
Jobs is now iDead.
Know cancer problem.
Hmm, makes me think his body is on "ice" right now in a cryonic facility waiting for a new iDay.
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American computer entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in Toy Story (1995) as an executive producer.
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A sad day indeed.
Mr. Steve Jobs created and improved all our lives! He will surely be missed! My heart and prayers continue to go out to him, his family and friends! God bless!
I didn't say anything bad about him. I only said that to prevent a flame war. Do not insult my upbringing without knowing it.
I study physics, thus, people from my own chosen field hold a special meaning in my mind. I'm not going to go about listing every major person in history, because that would be a rather long list. And yes, I am well aware of the ripples of innovation that the company brought about - but alternating current and the atomic bomb left ripples too.
If you're looking at ripple effect - the space exploration age, considered the greatest undertaking of mankind, could be traced back to the lesser undertakings by Oppenheimer on the atom bomb. All that USSR/USA paranoia traced to one source. After that, much of today's technology wouldn't be known without the space age having taken place.
It's easier to look at recent events and see the strong impact without looking at what came before it. Wait a decade or two and we'll see how changing Jobs was. It's just too recent to say right now.
@BeefyMclovin…not sure if Jobs was a Nazi, don’t think he was. After all he got robbed pretty good by IBM & Microsoft. But Bill gates is a definite Nazi .
ofcourse he was a design nazi and a major control freak. steve wozniak was the technical genius in the company, not jobs. jobs was the marketing genius.
as for jobs creating the personal computer revolution? horse shit. he marketed the computer wozniak built.
im not hating on jobs, just remembering the man, not the myth.
"According to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari had offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little interest in or knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the bonus evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari, Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line. According to Wozniak, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had given them only $700 (instead of the actual $5,000) and that Wozniak's share was thus $350"
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The death of Steve Jobs is very tragic. Some say that he was the Thomas Edison or Henry Ford of our time. He was a person who bought a lot to society and our modern age and I'm sure had a lot more to still give. Guess we'll never know.
To the passing of one of the men of our time. Rest in peace.
He had access to the best that money could buy, but it was not enough to save his life.
Makes you think!!
wow. that sucks. not that i give a sh@t about apple. at least he left a legacy. not any where near edison's or telsa's level though.
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