Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56, the tech giant has confirmed.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” a statement from the company reads. “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.”

Jobs formally stepped down from his position as CEO this August, saying he could “no longer meet my duties and expectations.” This came after several medical leaves of absence, during which day-to-day operations were handled by then-COO, now-CEO Tim Cook.

“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. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Those who wish to share their thoughts and memories of the legendary executive can do so by emailing [email protected]

Apple announced its latest product, the iPhone 4S, just yesterday.