October 6, 2011
Steve Jobs. (Paul Sakuma/Courtesy The Associated Press)

Steve Jobs. (Paul Sakuma/Courtesy The Associated Press)

Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the innovative Apple co-founder whose iPhone and iPad helped revolutionize the way news consumers received their news, died Oct. 5. He was 56.

Jobs was 21 years old when he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer in Jobs's parents' garage. The following year in 1977, they introduced the Apple II series of home computers, which had a retail price of approximately $1,300.

In 1982, Jobs was on the cover of Time magazine as one of "America's Risk Takers," a prescient title for Jobs, who would become a pioneer in groundbreaking technology. Two years later the Macintosh, the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface, was on the market.

Jobs left Apple in 1985 after a dispute with the board. Over the next three years, he created Pixar Animation Studios — which he eventually sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2006 — and NeXT Computer — which Apple purchased in 1996 and brought Jobs back to the company.

Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple in August 2011 after 14 years as company chief.

"I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know," Jobs said in his resignation letter to Apple's board of directors. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003 and had a liver transplant in 2009.

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 offered advanced Web browsing technology to news consumers. In 2010, the critically acclaimed iPad let users install apps to read, watch or listen to the news, introducing a whole new platform for journalism.

"The iPad could eventually become your TV, your newspaper and your bookshelf," Newsweek magazine declared after the tablet's premiere.

An exhibit on digital news and its technology, which featured the first iPad, is currently available in the Digital News section of the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery.

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