Today the world misses Steve Jobs.
A man of his influence and celebrity status reaching far beyond the tech community, Steve had fiercely defended his and his family's private lives. It is a relief to learn that he was able to be with his dearest ones in his last days. A statement from Steve's family:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
Since the founding of this blog in 2005, much of what I do professionally has been tied to products Steve announced in various occasions. The original mission of this blog to share non-geek tips to Mac users was inspired by the first Macintosh's tagline: The computer for the rest of us. This spirit remained with the Mac throughout the decade of Steve's absence from Apple; today, I am confident to say that it will continue to inspire the rest of us in the tech community for years to come.
The public statement we last received from Steve on August 24, 2011:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said 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.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
My condolences to Steve's family.