Apple Inc.’s (Cupertino, Calif.) founder and former ceo Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports The New York Times. He was 56.
Jobs, best known for co-founding Apple in the mid-1970s, led the transformation of personal computers and mobile devices during his career. Among his credits are the creation of the Apple computer, the iPod (launched in 2001), iPhone (2007) and iPad (2010).
In addition, Jobs served as ceo of Pixar Animation Studios, which produced hit animated movies, including “Toy Story” in 1995.
He took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s ceo before stepping down in August, when he turned over the position to Timothy Cook. Upon leaving, Jobs issued this statement: “I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s ceo, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Apple operates about 357 retail stores around the globe. Retailers continue to incorporate Apple technology as part of their digital marketing strategy. And as of this week, Apple released its latest product – the iPhone 4S, the fifth generation of the phone.
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