The visionary behind Apple, its true backbone is no more. Steve Jobs stepped down about a month ago from his position as CEO, but continued to be with Apple, the company he co-founded, as chairman of the Board of Directors.
Jobs had battled cancer, and in 2004 had an operation related to the disease. In recent years, illness had forced him to step back from his role as CEO of Apple on different occasions. He also had a liver transplant in 2009 during one of those medical leaves. But with each return he came back stronger and continued his work at Apple, making it the world’s most valuable tech company. In 2007, he unveiled the first iPhone and in 2010, the first iPad. His last appearance on stage was at Apple’s 2011 WWDC event in San Francisco. There, he laid the groundwork for Apple’s latest innovations including iOS 5, OS X Lion, and iCloud.
This is a huge loss for Apple not just as an iconic figure but a mentor which shaped the company’s meteoric rise, although his genius continues to stay here under the leadership of Tim Cook who was chosen by Jobs himself as his replacement.
Steve Jobs died at 56, we have truly lost a great visionary and a genius who changed the way technology developed in this decade. Rest in peace.