Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of US technology giant Apple, has died aged 56. He had been fighting a long battle with pancreatic cancer. For countless companies and individuals, Jobs helped to create a series of electronic products desktop and laptop computers, portable media players, digital animation products, smartphones and tablets that have improved and enhanced daily business and social life.
US President Barack Obama commented: [Jobs was] brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. Apple CEO Tim Cook, said: 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 No words can adequately express our sadness at Steves 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.
Like millions of other Apple users, Richard Holway, chairman of the analyst firm TechMarketView, has been a user of Apple products and an admirer of Steve Jobs since 1983. His following comments are likely to resonate with many fellow users around the globe: Since 1983, when I first got my hands on a Lisa, Apple has been a crucial part of my personal, my family and my business life. My daughter overcame her dyslexia because of the Mac. Richard Holway Ltd, formed in 1985, used Apple from the very start. iPods, iPhones and iPads litter my house. And my grandson is a great fan of everything that comes out of Pixar. The affection I have for all of these things is huge. I think my very first iPod Touch is still the most beautiful object I own. There is no other make of goods for which I have any similar level of affection. Ive likened Jobs to my other hero Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Both achieved greatness across many different things bridges, railways, tunnels, buildings, ships in the case of Brunel. Both were passionate workaholics. Both were sticklers for detail. Both died young. Both had, or in the case of Jobs will have, huge effects on our lives for many years, decades, centuries after their death. I could say the world is poorer for his death. But, much more appropriate, is that we are all the richer in our lives for what Steve Jobs brought us.