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Apple founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56

The world of technology says goodbye to a visionary: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lost his long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. The former CEO of the US computer company had suffered from the disease since 2004 and had a liver transplant in 2009. In January he had already retired for health reasons and then left the company for good in August. Jobs, who leaves wife Laurene and four children, founded Apple in the 1970s with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak. He has been at the helm since then as the company grows into the multimillion dollar company we know today. Together, the two sold what went down in history as the world's first personal computer, the Apple II. Apple has revolutionized the way we interact and communicate and changed the consumer electronics market beyond recognition. Its market value is estimated at around EUR 263 billion and it is the world's most valuable technology company. In a statement on the death of its founder, the company praised his "brilliance, passion and energy" and celebrated its numerous innovations and their impact on the lives of so many people. Apple computers have long made a name for themselves for their intuitive functions and elegant features, revolutionizing workplaces, especially in creative sectors such as graphic design and video editing. The mid-nineties were shaped by Apple's search for a format that would leave the classic PC software format far behind and beat the market leader Microsoft. But even though they were competitors, Jobs and Microsoft boss Bill Gates were friends too. "The world rarely sees someone who moves as much as Steve and whose effects will be felt many generations later. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to work with him, this has been a tremendous honor. I will be Steve miss it very much, "commented Gates. Jobs was the driving force behind the colorful iMac computer, iPod, and iPhone, and his death came just a day after the latest Apple iPhone model was unveiled. Jobs will be remembered for his attention to detail and his dedication to every step of the development process, from conception to execution. But it wasn't always sunshine and shine. For example, in 1985, Jobs was forced out of Apple following internal feuds. He only came back in 1997 to take the ailing company back in hand and turn its fate in a new visionary direction. In 1986, during a ten-year hiatus from the company, Jobs bought Pixar, which at the time was a small digital animation experiment before turning it into today's entertainment giant. For more information, visit: Apple: www. apple.com


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