Today on the eight year anniversary of his death, we remember Steve Jobs – the visionary behind Apple.
Steve Jobs passed away around 3:00pm (PT) on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. He was at his home in Palo Alto, with his wife Laureen Powell Jobs saying that he died peacefully surrounded by his family.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported at the time a respiratory arrest was the cause of his death, noting that Jobs’ “metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumour” was the underlying cause of the attack.
Jobs had stepped down as Apple CEO in the months leading up to his death, with his last public appearance made on June 7, 2011 when he spoke at a Cupertino county meeting to discuss plans for Apple Park, Apple’s newly opened spaceship-like headquarters, home to the Steve Jobs Theater – a luxurious auditorium named in his honour used to host Apple’s product launches and special events.
In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and college friend Steve Wozniak started Apple Computer in the Jobs’ family garage, introducing the first Apple I and Apple II computers.
Without Jobs’ vision, the world would undoubtedly be a very different place. Under his reign Apple released the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, to name but a few. Jobs was also the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar and a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar.