Jim Markle 6:30 p.m., June 30
Cupertino-based Apple Computer announced today (Oct. 5) that Steve Jobs, the innovator behind the iPhone, iPod, iPad, IMac and iTunes, has died after an extended illness.
Jobs may go down in history with the likes of Thomas Edison. In fact, he may go down not only as a creative genius, but as a managerial genius. Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 marketed what was considered the first personal computer. He was a multimillionaire at age 25 but was ousted from Apple at age 30.
He then founded NeXT computers, and bought the company which became Pixar Animation Studios. Apple stumbled aimlessly without Jobs. He returned in 1996 when Apple bought NeXT. Then came the string of innovations that propelled the company and its stock upward. In 2004 he fought pancreatic cancer. In August of this year, he resigned as chief executive, saying he could no longer meet his duties.
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