Apple’s Steve Jobs dies

The co-founder of Apple has died at the age of 56. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time.

Apple replaced its usually product focused home page with a large picture of Jobs and a brief message. That message said: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and 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 mentors. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Luminaries lined up to sing his praises, including US president Barack Obama, Bill Gates and others.

He resigned in August as CEO of Apple, and he is replaced at the helm by new CEO Tim Cook.

Jobs became largely identified with products such as the iPad, the iPad and the iPhone in his latter years. He co-founded Apple in the 1970s and with the rise of the personal computer managed to carve out a niche with the Apple I and the Apple II.