Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive has died on Wednesday at the age of 56.
His death was announced by the company’s board of directors in a brief statement : “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
“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.”
In a statement his family said they were with him when he died peacefully.
“In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family,” they said. They also requested privacy and thanked those who had “shared their wishes and prayers” during his final year.
In 2004 Mr Jobs had announced that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant five years later. Last August he resigned as CEO of Apple but stayed on as Apple’s chairman.
He was replaced by Tim Cook, who said “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.”
US president Barack Obama said : “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.”
People paid tributes to Mr Jobs from around the world and social networking sites were flooded by Apple fans sorrow.
“What he’s done for us as a culture, it resonates uniquely in every person,” said Cory Moll, an employee at an Apple shop in San Francisco.
“Even if they never use an Apple product, the impact they have had is so far-reaching.”
At the Apple shop in Shanghai, customer Jin Yi said Steve Jobs’ gadgets had “changed people’s perceptions of machines”.
Tributes also came in from several bosses of other leading technology companies.
Bill Gates, Microsoft’s boss said Mr Jobs’s “profound impact” on the world of technology would “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 honour. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder said “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”.
According to Sony Corp president and CEO “The digital age has lost its leading light”.
Involved in an ongoing legal battle with Apple over patents, South Korean Samsung praised Steve Jobs for his “numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry”.
“His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world,” said chief executive officer Choi Gee-Sung.
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple in the 1976 and in the 1980s Macintosh computers became very popular.
But in 1985 Mr Jobs fell out with colleagues and left the company. Apple’s transformation started in 1997, when he returned. The firm launched the colourful iMac computer.
Then in 2002 Apple revolutionised the personal music-player market when it launched the iPod. And in 2007 the iPhone revolutionised the smartphone marked.
Then came the iPad which became very popular, despite some being sceptic in the beginning.
Just a day before his death, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 4S model.
Today Apple is the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s market value is estimated at $351bn.
Steve Jobs was married to his wife Laurene since 1991 and they had three children.
Mr Jobs also had a daughter from a previous relationship.
And as an adult he discovered that US novelist Mona Simpson was his biological sister.