Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.’s co-founder, has died in his home aged 56, a family fiend announced. Jobs has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several years ago and underwent surgery in 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009. In August 2011, he admitted he is no longer capable to head the company he co-founded and left his position at the helm of Apple to be replaced by Tim Cook.
He took three medical leaves of absence from Apple recently but he still appeared publicly to introduce new company products, receiving warm welcome and greetings by Apple fans, journalists, business partners and competitors alike. He received standing ovation at June’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, where he was a keynote speaker and met President Barack Obama in February.
He never kept secret he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer since 2003 and underwent a successful surgery to remove a tumor in 2004. Steve Jobs continued to appear in public, saying his health problems are private issues he does not want to comment on, always joking on the stage during presentations of innovative Apple products.
Ironically, he was fired by Apple – the company he co-founded – but later returned to Apple, helping the company to reach new peaks in its corporate development and presenting even more innovative products to customers eager to possess items bearing the Apple logo. In fact, he was Apple in the view of the fact that the company stock fluctuated markedly on any news on his health status, while the majority of educated people worldwide are aware that his Macintosh opened the gate to a new era of widespread personal computers and hand-held computing devices.