Steve Jobs has died. Apple has lost its hero.

Posted In Mobile Web - By Ryan On Thursday, October 6th, 2011 With 0 Comments

Apple co-founder and ex-CEO Steve Jobs has died aged 56, after a long struggle with cancer. Quite simply, he changed the world of computing and technology forever. Just by stringing a few of his products together in a single sentence, we instantly appreciate the major shifts in human tech history brought about by the impact of this one man: Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad.

No matter who runs the company from here on out, Apple has lost its hero. Their simple tribute to Steve reads:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of who 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.

US president Barack Obama issued this statement about Steve’s legacy:

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.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted this tribute on his Facebook profile:

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.

Even Google’s co-founders expressed their admiration of Jobs by posting tributes on Google+, despite the healthy competition between the companies:

Sergey Brin: 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.

Larry Page: 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.

But as far as competitors go, Steve’s biggest rival through the years has been Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Bill had the following to say after learning about Steve’s passing:

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.

To the world, Steve’s loss is a professional tragedy. To his family, it’s a very personal one. The Jobs family issued this statement:

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.

But of all the quotes and tributes pouring in from around the world, the most appropriate comes from Steve himself, in a speech he made at Stanford University in 2005:

RIP Steve. Thank you for following your heart.

About - With at least 20 phones tucked away in drawers around the house and office, Ryan is a buy-to-try mobile consumer and loves playing with new handsets. Right now he's stuck on the iPhone 4.

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