Apple has passed along the sad news that it's founder, Steve Jobs, has died this evening at the age of 56. News of his death is now sweeping the web and social media is afire. The tech mogul and pioneer in personal computing had been battling pancreatic cancer for a few years now. He stepped down just months ago as CEO and handed the operation over to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.
Just yesterday was Cook's first appearance in Jobs' stead as he helped trot out Apple's new iPhone 4S to the masses. Jobs' measured and fatherly tone - and the black turtleneck - were sorely missed by the Appleheads watching the unveiling.
Immediately, the Apple site loaded this onto the main page, to let friends and devotees of the Apple brand know that their friend and leader had passed on. There is an e-mail address included for those who would like to send condolences.
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The man's impact on the past four decades of humanity have been immense, and his vision for a future that seemed impossible will be missed. No doubt right now you could be reading this on your iPad or your iPhone.
Celebrities, techies, and fans of Apple are taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their sorrow at Jobs' death. The generation now just coming of age is very much living in a world subtly informed by Jobs' grand mind. Not to get too sappy, but he touched every facet of communication, arts, music, business, and culture you touch in 2011.
In 2005, Jobs spoke at Stanford University's graduation and gave a rousing commencement speech. He ended it with four words he had read on the back of a Whole Earth Catalog while he was in college himself, and that had stayed with him the rest of his life: "Stay hungry, stay foolish."
And the most touching tweet of this evening - so far - came from Jobs' friend and tech rival, former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates.