Apple founder Steve Jobs, widely seen as one of tech industry’s most influential figures, has died after a battle with cancer that forced him to resign as CEO in August. He was 56.
In a statement posted on its website, Apple described Jobs as “a visionary and creative genius.”
“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,” the statement said.
Associate Professor David Glance, director of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice, said the news would have repercussions beyond the tech industry.
“It’s a very sad announcement. The significance is not just for Apple. Steve Jobs was one of the central people in terms of the whole technology revolution from PCs through to mobile phones,” he said.
“In terms of the most influential people in the past 30 or 40 years, I would say he was in that list.”
Apple, which named Tim Cook as Jobs’ successor as CEO in August, will feel the impact but had planned for this event, Dr Glance said.
Jobs’ legacy extends beyond the world of computers, said Dr Glance.
“He can be largely credited for people moving to a post-PC era as well. There’s also his contribution to the film industry through Pixar,” he said.
“You can’t underestimate his legacy.”
Apple invited people to send thoughts and condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org.