Apple founder Steve Jobs has died. The former CEO invented and masterfully marketed gadgets
including PC's, the iPod and iPhone.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. Jobs, who was 56, had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January - his
third since his health problems began - and officially resigned in August.
Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976. He was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world.
President Barack Obama is remembering Apple founder Steve Jobs as one of America's greatest innovators and says the world has lost a visionary.
The man behind the iPod and iPhone as well as the personal computer and the iPad, Jobs died of cancer Wednesday at age 56.
Obama said in a statement Wednesday night that Jobs was brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
The president also said Jobs exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.
In a tweet sent separately from his statement, Obama said, in his words, "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."
There's no makeshift memorial or candlelight vigil for Steve Jobs at the Apple Store in downtown Chicago. The tributes and condolences are in tweets and news alerts pulsing
through the iPhones, iPads and laptop computers inside.
One customer visiting from Ireland says he heard the news of the Apple co-founder's death when he saw an employee start to cry, and she told him Jobs had died.
At another Apple Store in Los Angeles, Joey Gonzalez was browsing with friends after finding out through his iPhone that Jobs had died. The 20-year-old said Jobs has shaped the way he
listens to music and communicates.
Tributes came in from around the world. "iSad" was a trending topic on Twitter.
Mac Users Group Mexico released a statement sending its condolences. It concluded, "Let's breathe deeply and say VIVA STEVE JOBS!"
Thanks to Twitter and other social media, it hasn't taken celebrities long to react to the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Microsoft's Bill Gates said working with Jobs was "an insanely great honor." He said he'll miss Jobs immensely.
Actor, writer and director Albert Brooks, who says he knew Jobs, calls him "our Edison." Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says Jobs "lived the California Dream every day of
Actress Jane Lynch noted that her condolences were being "Sent lovingly from my iPhone."
Not all the comments were serious. Actor Eli Roth said he, too,is sad about Jobs' death, but added that "SteveJobs2 comes out in like a month."