Apple and the world has lost an inspirational genius of the 20th and 21st centuries. Steve Jobs gave us everything he could give, but when it came to himself, life became his biggest challenge.
A man who from the earliest age held the world in awe at his enviable talent for looking into the future. He had technology in his grasp and made it hip for all of us to be part of.
After a seven year fight, Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 from the pancreatic cancer that had been dogging him.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook sent out an email to all Apple employees saying: "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."
The company set up a homage to Steve Jobs page with a statement which read.
"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. "Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."
The tenacious 56-year-old was part of an era where a number of technology pioneers came out of including Bill Gates who took computers out of the laboratory and delivered the computer into ordinary people's homes.
Working from his garage in 1976 the industrious and innovative young man in his 20's developed and launched the Macintosh computer and Apple Inc was born. Steve Jobs founded Apple along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. He was known for his intensity and perfectionist qualities and this aspect of his personality, while the main stay in creating the core function of Apple as we know it, became an issue of contention for the company board and he was forced to quit.
Bill Gates' Microsoft overshadowed Apple's star as the programming tools it created helped to drive the popularity of the IBM compatible PC market upwards.
Jobs put himself in isolation as he created the company NeXT in 1986 which dedicated itself to software development and in the same year dived head first into the movie industry where he bought Pixar Studios the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm which relied solely on computer graphics and imagery which has created some of the biggest movie franchises that we know today. This includes, Finding Nemo and Toy Story. His company pioneered the quality of computer graphics that we have come to expect in movies.
David Clark, chief executive of BCS the chartered institute for IT said, "To many, this is what success looks like," "Steve Jobs not only sparked a revolution in technology, but in design entrepreneurship, mainstream business, film and animation. "He was a visionary and pioneer that understood the exponential growth of technology and its impact on our day-to-day lives."
Apple's $429m buyout of NeXT in 1996 and its adoption of the NeXTSTEP operating system that
Mr Jobs developed while in exile helped revive its flagging fortunes.
In recent years during his battle with pancreatic cancer, Mr Jobs inspired the now iconic and 'Dummy Friendly' products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad. When he knew his time was coming to a close and could no longer hold the reins effectively to his monumental stallion, he stepped down as Apple's CEO.
He achieved his dreams and his goals and worked at them to the end. A true inspiration to all of us. He will be sadly missed.