Både Dagbladet.no og VG.no kunne i natt norsk tid melde at Jobs tapte mot kreftsykdommen. I 2009 undergikk Jobs en en lever-transplantasjon. Etter operasjonen var prognosene til Apple-sjefen betegnet som veldig gode, men han har også etter operasjonen hatt problemer med helsen noe som var grunnen til at nåværende Apple-sjef Tim Cook har styrt Apple den siste tiden, også før han offisielt fikk sjefs-stolen.
Med Jobs som en særdeles visjonær sjef klarte Apple å forhandle frem kontrakter med musikk-bransjen som banet vei for den lukrative iTunes-tjenesten, tett koblet mot Apples iPod-muskkspillere.
Og det var iPod, først introdusert av Jobs i 2001, som var Apples vei tilbake fra ruin. Selskapet manglet nemlig sin visjonære leder i store deler av 90-tallet, noe som medførte flere feiltrinn.
Det er ingen tvil om at Jobs’ lederstil har vært kontroversiell. Det er heller ingen tvil om at han har vært kontroversiell for sin måte å designe både produkter å plattformer på, men en eventyrlig suksess, det har Apple hatt siden Jobs kom tilbake.
Det er uansett ingen tvil om at PC-bransjen hadde sett helt annerledes ut om Jobs ikke hadde startet Apple med Steve Wozniak og Ronald Wayne 1. april 1976.
Steve Jobs – 1955 – 2011
Steve Jobs i sin karriere revolusjonerte ikke bare PC-bransjen, men også platebransjen med sine svært tøffe krav.
Jobs klarte å overtale sjefene i de store plateselskapene til å satse på iTunes-plattformen, noe som banet vei for iPod. iPod-suksessen banet så veien for iPhone og senere iPad, to produkter som senere hele den tradisjonelle PC-bransjen nå følger og som uten tvil gjorde berøring til allemannseie i 2007 ved introduksjonen av den første iPhone.
«We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
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».
Steve Jobs’ familie minnes Jobs
«Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.»
Barack Obama minnes Jobs
«Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.»
Tim Cook (Apple-sjef) minnes Jobs
«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.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply [email protected]
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.»
Bill Gates (Microsoft-grunder) minnes Jobs
«I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.»
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook-grunder) minnes Jobs
«Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.»
Eric Schmidt (tidligere Google-sjef) minnes Jobs
«Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company… one of the greatest American leaders in history.»
Larry Page (Google-grunder) minnes Jobs
«I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.
He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.»
Steve Jobs’ tale til studenter, 2005
«No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.
It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.»
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