Apple heeft middels een kort bericht en een melding op de homepage van de website bekend gemaakt dat Steve Jobs op 56-jarige leeftijd.is overleden. Jobs kampte al jaren met gezondheidsproblemen en in 2009 onderging hij nog een levertransplantatie. Het nieuws komt snel nadat hij onlangs zijn functie als CEO van Apple neerlegde.
Steve Jobs richtte in 1976 samen met Ronald Wayne en Steve Wozniak Apple op. Hij verliet echter het bedrijf al in 1985 nadat hem werd verboden om een leidinggevende functie te bekleden. Na zijn vertrek begon hij het bedrijf NeXT Computer. In 1996 keerde hij terug bij Apple doordat NeXT Computer werd overgenomen door Apple.
Hij begon als interim CEO en werd later definitief benoemd. Als topman van Apple was Jobs verantwoordelijk voor succesvolle producten zoals de iPod, iPhone en de iPad.
Steve Jobs laat een vrouw en vier kinderen achter.
Hieronder het bericht van Apple zelf, de mail van de nieuwe CEO van Apple Tim Cook naar alle medewerkers, en verder reacties van Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, de oprichters van Google, Mark Zuckerberg en President Obama. Verder heeft Google vandaag op alle homepages van de zoekmachine de naam van Jobs geplaatst met een link naar Apple.
Op Twitter wordt er uiteraard ook veel gepraat over het overlijden en onder andere iSad is een trending topic. Ook zijn er berichten dat er bloemen bij Apple Stores zijn neergelegd.
"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."
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.
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.
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
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 email 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.
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
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.