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Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, dies aged 56

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by Kay Mitchell
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Tributes for Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of US technology company, Apple, are pouring in after he died yesterday aged 56.

Flags are being flown at half-mast outside the Apple headquarters in California and many have left tributes outside Apple shops throughout the world.

Mr Jobs’ family were with him and said he died peacefully yesterday.

US President, Barack Obama, paid tribute to Mr Jobs and said the world had “lost a visionary” adding that he was “among the greatest of American innovators.”

Mr Jobs has been battling with pancreatic cancer and fears had been growing for his health after he recently stepped down from the day-to-day running of the company.

In April 2009, he underwent a liver transplant and was granted a medical leave of absence from Apple.

Tim Cook, who was made Apple’s CEO after Mr Jobs stepped down in August, said his predecessor had left behind “a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple”.

Microsoft boss Bill Gates, said: “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Larry Page, CEO of Google said: “He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.”

Steve Jobs, who was born in San Francisco in February 1955, launched Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976 and sold the first Apple computer that year.

He introduced the iMac computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad and his death came just a day after Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 4S model.

Apple became the world’s most valuable technology company with a market value estimated at $351 billion (£227 billion).

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