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The iconic co-founder and former CEO of Apple has fallen to a battle with pancreatic cancer

On the heels of yesterday's announcement of the iPhone 4S, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has died. Jobs had fought a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, and after seeking treatment across the world, he has fallen to the illness at the age of 56.

According to Apple's official website: "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 mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs passed away today, October 5, just one day after the debut of the next generation iPhone. The iPhone, introduced in June of 2007, launched the mainstream smartphone revolution and is arguably Jobs' greatest achievement at Apple.

Jobs, born on February 24, 1955, co-founded Apple in 1976 alongside Steve Wozniak and the lesser-known Ronald Wayne. The trio founded the company to sell the Apple I personal computer, but during the next 25 years Apple expanded its reach into software and eventually mobile technology like the iconic iPhone and iPad.

In August, Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple, ceding the title to former COO Tim Cook. Tim Cook delivered yesterday's iPhone 4S announcement on stage at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. As one of the most prominent figures in technology, Jobs' uncompromising vision for Apple set the company on an explosive path to success.

Today, Apple is the world's most valuable brand, renowned for its minimalistic design and products that "just work" — all bearing the telltale Apple logo, of course. The legacy the company's fiercely talented leader leaves behind will undoubtedly endure for years to come.

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