RIP Steve Jobs: 1955-2011
We here at B&H are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. Our sincere condolences go out to Steve’s family, and we wish them the best as they deal with this tragic and difficult time. Apple products have been a very important part of the B&H catalog, and we take pride in our position as one of the premiere retailers of Apple computers, tablets and portable media players. Steve’s creative spirit and amazing legacy will always be with us. Rest in Peace, Steve. You will be missed.
Steven P. Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away on October 5, 2011 following years of declining health.
After a brief period working for Hewlett-Packard and Atari, Jobs founded Apple in 1976 along with co-founders Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. In 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh, which was the first commercially successful personal computer with a graphical user interface. Jobs was with the company until 1985, when he left to create NeXT Computer.
Jobs returned in 1996 when Apple purchased NeXT for $429 million. He acted as CEO of the company until August of 2011, when he stepped down due to his failing health. During his tenure at Apple, Jobs oversaw the creation of several groundbreaking products, including the iMac, iPod, iTunes, the iPhone and the iPad. His time as CEO of the company has been lauded as one of the most successful in history. Jobs was known for his demanding perfectionism and hands-on approach, being listed as an inventor or co-inventor on over 300 of Apple’s patents, ranging from computers to interfaces, speakers, packages and more.
Through Apple’s innovations, Jobs had an impact not only on the computer industry, but also on the music, movie and portable entertainment industries. iTunes has become the largest music seller on the planet, with over 18 billion songs downloaded. In 1986, Jobs purchased The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division. The company was later renamed Pixar and was responsible for creating Toy Story, the world’s first computer-animated full-length feature film. Pixar was purchased by Disney in 2006, making Jobs Disney’s largest single shareholder.
In 2004, Jobs announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He had a successful operation in the same year to remove the tumor. In 2009, Jobs underwent a successful liver transplant. He took numerous medical leaves from his position in recent years, with Tim Cook taking over in his absence. In August of this year, Jobs permanently handed the position of CEO to Cook while taking over as Chairman of the Board.
Upon his death on October 5, people from all over the world expressed their sadness at the loss of the tech mogul. From Apple customers, to colleagues Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates, to President Barack Obama, Jobs was remembered as a powerful force of creativity, innovation, and perseverance that will be greatly missed.
The 56-year-old California native was adopted at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs. He is survived by his wife, Laurene, and their two children, as well as a daughter from a previous marriage.