Jobs resigned as the company's chief exec in August after being on medical leave since January 17 for an undisclosed condition. The unveiling of the iPhone 4S on Tuesday was the first time he had not been at a key product launch. Jobs died as Walt Disney Co.'s largest shareholder after he sold Toy Story makers Pixar to them. Comparisons were drawn between Jobs and some of history's most celebrated minds.
There is no other business more closely linked to the man in charge. It will be a huge challenge for Apple to retain its dominance without his drive and determination. STEVE Jobs WAS Apple. He came back to the company he founded when it was struggling in the 90s and made it a world-beater. Apple products are among the world's most sought-after. It's fitting that in his last weeks, Apple — which almost went BUST before the dot.com boom — became the most valuable in the world. Great man, great vision and one hell of a legacy.
Movie director Steven Spielberg, one of the founders of Pixar rival DreamWorks Animation, said: "Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips." The CEO Jobs hand-picked to replace him, Tim Cook, addressed Apple staff in an email. Daniel Ek, the founder of digital music service Spotify, said: "My hat off to our time's Da Vinci." He wrote: "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."