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Steve Jobs, Apple's cofounder and former CEO, has died. He was 56 years old. His death was reported late Wednesday in a brief statement on Apple's website. Apple's homepage featured a black-and-white photo of Jobs with a closely trimmed beard bearing his name and the years 1955-2011. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative …


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  1. Bill Cumming


    Rest in Peace...

    1. Allison Park

      celebrate his life

      He will be missed. Hopefully Apple will find another visionary to continue their ability to change our lives for the better.

      1. James Micallef Silver badge

        So long

        and thanks for all the <str> fish</str> fruit

    2. henrydddd


      He was Apple. He will be missed

    3. stu 4

      He found out, much like his computers, that his parts were not replaceable...

      RIP mr J.

    4. Kebabbert

      @Steve Jobs

      I really hope you are happy where you are now, Steve. I think of you, and your family.

    5. Andrew Moore Silver badge

      Ding dong the Steve is dead...

      While his death wasn't entirely unexpected, it was still a shock when I caught this on the news this morning.

      Where's the Steve with a halo icon when you need it?

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    7. Anonymous Coward
      Black Helicopters

      So lets see then,

      if he comes back from the dead in 3 days then like the pundits predict...

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  2. miknik


    Love him or hate him, 56 is too young to die. Poor guy.

    1. Arctic fox

      RE "RIP" Indeed, far too young.

      When he did not make an appearance at the presentation of the iPhone4S a couple of days ago I got the feeling that something was wrong. Respects and condolences to his family.

      1. Thomas 4


        When I first heard about this, I thought it was some hoax. Kinda stunned at the moment. So long Stevie and thanks for all the Macs.

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    2. Ian Yates


      Not a fan of Apple products/ethos, but massive respect for what Steve did with the company and what he helped do to the consumer tech market.

      56 is far too young, and he clearly was very passionate about what he did.

      1. Scorchio!!
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        Re: R.I.P.

        "Not a fan of Apple products/ethos, but massive respect for what Steve did with the company and what he helped do to the consumer tech market.

        56 is far too young, and he clearly was very passionate about what he did."

        Love or hate him and/or share-and-enjoy Gates, they made something available to us that was formerly in the hands only of large corporations, governments and the like, something that has empowered and entertained us so very much that it is almost arterial. I actually liked the NextStep computer, and found myself wishing he'd stay on his own. That's an irony, because I was already deeply embedded in the IBM compatible culture. SPSS in DOS and, later, Windows was one of the reasons. I will one day own a Mac and, oddly enough, last month I nearly bought an iPhone. (I got better though.)

    3. Scorchio!!

      Re: RIP

      "Love him or hate him, 56 is too young to die. Poor guy."

      Especially when you consider he'd already been in remission once. No words seem adequate to describe to me how that must have seemed to him and his family.

    4. Syren Baran


      Well, probably he just couldn't resist testing the new Apple devices.

  3. mraak


    One of the greatest minds, businessmen of the era, albeit controversial at times.

    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Why the "albeit" ?

      In order to be "One of the greatest minds, businessmen of the era" you have to be "controversial at times". Non-controversial people can never attain the "greatest minds" status.

      It should be "One of the greatest minds, businessmen of the era, _BECAUSE_ he was controversial at times".

      1. William Strong


        I think you're confusing correlation and causation, here.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        There, fixed that for you

        "Often controversial, he was one of the greatest minds, businessmen of the era."

        You got it backwards. While great minds are often controversial, just being controversial does not always indicate a great mind. It has made a few people famous, but still not great.

        They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan.

  4. Anomalous Cowturd

    Wasn't expecting that news quite so soon...

    Not sure how it's going to go from here...

    Tombstone icon has gone too.

  5. zen1

    God speed and good tail winds

    I know I've made a lot of cracks about Apple and its products over the years, but Mr. Jobs was a visionary. I would like to express my sincerest condoleces to his and the rest of the Apple family.

    I chose the Jolly Roger because for years it flew over Cupertino.

  6. AnoNymousGerbil

    And so the era ends...

    Farewell and good journey Steve...

  7. Jeff 10

    Godspeed, Mr Jobs

    Regardless of what you think, he revolutionized every industry he ever touched. Mercurial and temperamental yes, but a true genius nonetheless.

    There will be a tear in my beer tonight...

    1. Sir Cosmo Bonsor

      I'm not convinced

      In among all the sycophantic guff being poured out from all directions, I'm still trying to think of one positive innovation you could attribute to him.

      Seems to me his greatest achievement was was raising gullible people's expectations about how much money they need spend just to get a cheap, tatty bit of consumer electronics like their mates have.

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      2. Rolf Howarth

        His achievement was having a keen eye for design and aesthetics and being a perfectionist, and having the charisma and arrogance to get his way, and usually (not always) being proven right. He knew what consumers want and he gave it to them.

        1. Sil_W

          Sycophantic Guff

          Sir Cosmo Bonsor:

          "In among all the sycophantic guff being poured out from all directions, I'm still trying to think of one positive innovation you could attribute to him."

          That's as may be. But sometimes something happens that makes the stark point that there is more to life than whether a particular shiny toy is the world-changing best-ever shiny toy, or an annoyingly disappointing shiny toy.

          What people are doing here is holding off on the usual superficial bitching for a moment or two, on account of the fact that a well-known man - quite a personality, by all accounts, whatever you thought of him - has died unreasonably young. This is what people do when they're not sociopathic. Don't get me wrong: I don't generally agree with the current fad for massive outpourings of flamboyant, public grief. Most of us never knew the man, so it's weird, frankly, to act as though we've lost a brother, as some are - but it's human to empathise when someone dies, and to express sympathy, even if the person who's died is someone you didn't like very much.

          And to dave 93: I hope that your passing, when it comes - and may that be a very great many years hence - is quick, dignified and without any suffering at all. Even though it seems I disagree with at least one opinion you hold.

      3. Scorchio!!

        Re: I'm not convinced

        "In among all the sycophantic guff being poured out from all directions, I'm still trying to think of one positive innovation you could attribute to him.

        Sycophancy? Not possible, SJ would necessarily have to be alive:

        As to innovation, there is nothing new. All 'new' things are merely the product of crossblending different rule sets. That's why people can frequently point to camouflage or communications techniques in 'nature' (other species) and say it happened before we did it. Overall, it began with binary fission.

      4. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: I'm not convinced

        Neither am I. Just goes to show you that the "faithful" are nothing but a bunch of Lemmings. Jobs tells/told them to buy...and they buy...regardless of need.

        And yes...I do own Apple products, and have for many years (have 2 iMacs & 1 Macbook Pro in my home lab for bench testing purposes, and an iPod in my car), but do not think them superior to ANY computer...simply different. Somethings they do "better" than non-Apple machines...and somethings they do not.

      5. Big-nosed Pengie

        I'd say his greatest achievement was having the world's media and politicians read verbatim the horseshit that Apple's Advertising Department wrote about him on his death.

        1. Ted Treen
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          But small-minded.

          Very small minded,

      6. Meph

        Before the iPhone..

        He achieved a cheap, affordable and innovative smartphone that was comparatively light and much more user friendly than others available at the time.

        At the time, no mobile phone operators in Australia offered smartphones on a $0 up front plan, and I didn't exactly make enough money to afford paying $800 up front for them.

        The release of the iPhone did two things:

        1. provided a smartphone for the masses that anyone (and i do mean anyone) could pick up and use without much prompting.

        2. forced other companies to follow suit, leading to the genesis of the Android platform and its varied host hardware platforms.

        I emplore the reader of this to stop for one second, discard all your preconceptions, prejudices and hubris and think what computing was like a mere 25 years ago. Once you have that image firmly in your mind, pull your smartphone out of your pocket and have a good hard look at it.

        Like it or not, Steve Jobs influenced its creation in one form or another, so show some god damned respect!

  8. alex 39

    Great loss, great legacy.

    "Sent from my iPad"

  9. moylan

    love him or hate him

    love him or hate him he changed the industry.

    1. Jeremy 2

      He sure did. I doubt there will ever be another Steve Jobs. So long...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Although I disagree with almost everything about the way that Apple does business, there is no denying that he was a true visionary and the tech world will be far less interesting without him. He's left an impressive legacy that won't be forgotten any time soon. RIP Steve.

    1. defiler Silver badge

      But it'll be interesting to see how Apple gets on with out Steve Jobs as a crutch.

      From what I've heard I wouldn't have wanted to work directly with him, but the world needs people like him to drive things, even if they're driving in an odd direction. He'll leave a big hole in the industry that won't be easily filled.

      1. david 64

        Yes as somone wiser than i once said, "Great men are not always great men".

        I'm no a Apple\Jobs fan - but the guy deserves respect for his achievements.

        RIP Jobsy.

  11. Ian Bremner
    Paris Hilton


    let me say this.

    I hate Apple products.

    I hate the legions of drooling fanbois who camp for days to get their latest iCrap product.

    I hate Apples business practices of trying to stifle the opposition with patent lawsuits.

    Having said all that.

    RIP Steve, although I didn't care for your company or it's products, a lot of other people did and you brought that to them. 56 is a young age to go at and my condolences to your friends and famiy.

    Pairs, cos she's sad too.

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    2. Shannon Jacobs

      Anti-freedom philosophy

      I agree with the personal sentiments, especially about his age. I sort of think you have a weird advantage if you can see the form of your death coming...

      However, philosophically, I think the Jobs put profits ahead of freedom. The Apple II started with the philosophy of empowering people, but once the box was closed for the early Mac, the philosophy changed to 'inside is none of your business'. Microsoft adopted the same philosophy with Windows 95, and once again, I disagree with the philosophy but I can't deny that the business model makes sense...

    3. amanfromearth

      Have some respect

      This is no time to use this terrible news as an excuse to have a go.

      Just leave it.

      1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

        Rest In Peace

        @amanfromearth : my sentiments exactly, it's uncouth to qualify condolences.

        Steve Jobs, thanks for proving that being different is still possible. 56 is too young to go :(.

        Rest in peace.

        1. PsychicMonkey

          I agree with Ian

          "my sentiments exactly, it's uncouth to qualify condolences." at no point did he qualify his condolences, I'm not sure how you even would.

          He stated he was a fan of Apple or the way it was run, but then offered condolences to Steve's family and friends. That to me speaks of giving more respect, I'm sure there will be some very mean comments coming from some quaters of this world.

          I have to agree, I'm not a fan of Apple, or the blind following it seems to bring out in some people (some of my friends included). But that does not mean I can't sympathise with Steve Jobs family at this very tough time for them, knowing someone is goign to die in no way makes it any easier when they do.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @ Ian Bremner

      My sentiments exactly. I am as rabidly anti-fanboi as they come, but I would never wish ill-health on anyone.

      No-matter what you may think about Steve there is no denying that the world is now a poorer after his passing.


    5. Philip Lewis


      Haters hate because they are hateful. No chance must be be left untaken.

      What a fucking dork!



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