Steve Jobs, who founded Apple in 1976, has died at the age of 56 in California, having suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer. We look back at his extraordinary life in a gallery of classic photos. Click through to enjoy and remember some of Jobs' greatest launches.
Jobs revolutionised the world of computers, and leaves a legacy of tech innovation that will endure for generations.
A genuinely exceptional American businessman, Jobs was one of an all too rare breed of charismatic entrepreneurs -- an old-fashioned showman. Thanks to his energy, the launch of a new Apple product was always something to be anticipated, and his enthusiasm for truly excellent tech was infectious.
While a sometimes intimidating micro-manager, Jobs was able to capture the zeitgeist and brilliantly elucidate how he saw the future -- of personal computers, of phones, of music and films.
He was rarely proved wrong.
Jobs had been on medical leave since January, his third such absence since being diagnosed with cancer in 2004. In August he resigned as Apple CEO, stating, "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately that day has come."
Today a message on Apple's website reads, "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.
"Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."
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