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Apple Marks One Year Since Jobs' Death

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 6:47am
Andrew Berg

Many around the globe may pause today to remember the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing. 

Jobs died last year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, among other complications. 

Apple updated its website last night to post a short video commemorating its late founder and CEO. The video features black-and-white still shots of the enigmatic Jobs holding some of Apple's popular products, from the Macintosh computer to the iPhone. Audio from Jobs' famous keynote speeches are interspersed throughout the clip. 

Also included on Apple's website is a message from current CEO Tim Cook. Cook refers to Jobs' passing as a "sad and difficult time" for the company. 

"One of the greatest gifts Steve gave the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself," Cook wrote.

Jobs started Apple Computer back in 1976 but was forced out by the company's board of directors a decade later. In a 2005 commencement speech delivered at Stanford, Jobs called this one of the most profound events of his life.

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me," Jobs said in the speech. "The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

Jobs founded NeXT during that time, which was subsequently acquired by a floundering Apple in 1996. A year later, Jobs was reinstated as Apple's CEO, and in 2001 he introduced the first iPod, the device that revolutionized the music industry. The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2004, Jobs took his first medical leave from Apple, undergoing a liver transplant, after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer only to return, with intermittent absences, until his eventual resignation on Aug. 25, 2011. He died one year ago today at the age of 56. 

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