The world is mourning the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, one of the great inventors of our time. The tech mogul lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. He was 56.
Thousands of people held vigils outside Apple stores across the globe, remembering a man whose vision and brilliance shaped technology and the world.
"An inspiration to the world," one person said.
"A force of nature," another mourner said of Jobs.
"(He was) one of the great visionary leaders in America and maybe the world," yet another person said.
20th Century Thomas Edison
Jobs' innovations are everywhere. From iPhones, to iPads, to iPods, chances are you or someone you know owns an Apple product.
Many call him the Thomas Edison of his day.
Wearing his signature black turtleneck and jeans, Jobs would time and time again unveil revolutionary products that set new industry benchmarks.
Jobs was the brain behind the iPhone. The sleek and stylish part phone, part computer sent competitors scrambling to come up with their own versions.
Jobs was obsessed with staying a step ahead of everyone else.
"There's an old Wayne Gretsky quote that I love: 'I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it's been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple," Jobs said.
The launch of the iPod in 2001 is perhaps his most influential creation. It put 1,000 songs in your pocket. Ten years later, the iPod and those white earphones now seem more universal than a wristwatch.
Jobs started Apple in 1976 out his garage, with high school friend Steve Wozniak. The following year, their first machine designed for the masses hit the market.
"Now I'd like to show you Macintosh in person," he told a group of Apple shareholders in 1984 as he unveiled the first Macintosh computer.
At 25 years old, Jobs was worth $100 million.
Turning Animation on Its Head
In 1986, Jobs took over Pixar, changing animation forever. Later, as Pixar's chairman and CEO, the studio joined forces with Disney, turning out animated Academy Award hits like "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo," and "WALL-E."
"Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great,'" Pixar's John Lasseter and Ed Catmull said in a joint statement about Jobs' passing.
"He is why Pixar turned out the way we did, and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people," they said.
"He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA," they continued. "Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."
Live Like You're Dying
In 2004, Jobs announced he was battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
He underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a medical leave of absence. When he returned to work, however, he came back with bang.
Jobs introduced the iPad, despite market experts who doubted the product, saying no one really needs one.
Apple sold over 14 million iPads just last year.
Six weeks ago, Jobs handed over Apple's reins to now CEO Tim Cook.
Jobs was an inspiration to many. He saw the future, and then led to world to it.
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," Jobs said in 2005.
"Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important," he said.
An Extraordinary Loss
Wozniak reacted to Jobs' death saying, "We've lost something we won't get back."
"The way I see it, though, the way people love products (that) he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world," he said.
Jobs turned Apple into the most valuable technology company in the world, with a market value of $351 billion. Only Exxon Mobil is worth more.