It’s a sad day in the life of any fanboy when the head of your favourite cultish tech firm dies, and today that’s the case for the many Apple fanatics the world over. Steve Jobs, CEO of the firm since 1997 has passed away; pancreatic cancer being the cause.
Steve announced the illness back in 2003, taking several leaves of abscence since that time and shedding much weight on several different occasions, prompting speculation on his health. However Steve battled on, showing that it certainly helps to be one of the world’s richest men (his personal fortune is estimated to be around $10 billion) to stave off one of the most aggressive forms of cancer.
Mr Jobs will be remembered for his showmanship, his cult leader like image among Apple fans, who flocked to conferances to see his latest unveilings. Tears were shed when the iPad was unveiled, cheers were heard when the iPhone was shown off for the first time; he might have made overly priced products, but Steve knew how to make you want it and get you to shell out for it. He was the true, upper class Billy Mays if ever there was one.
Just back in August Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, being replaced by Timothy D. Cook. Whether the company will go in a different direction now is anyone’s guess, but Cook knows what he’s doing. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.