Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Ronda Rousey Starring In Her Own Biopic
Mark Bomback will adapt My Fight/Your Fight
New Trailer For The Intern
Robert De Niro goes back to work
Ready For Pez: The Movie?
Sweets going scripted
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Tops The US Box Office
Cruise scales the charts, Vacation gets parked
First Teaser Trailer For Zoolander 2 Arrives
The film will need to be at least three times longer
Channing Tatum Officially Cast As Gambit
His X-deal is finally done
Trailer For The Little Prince Flies Online
Jeff Bridges learns what the fox says
Ian McShane Plays Game of Thrones
In a secret but 'important' role
Live-Action Naruto Developing At Lionsgate
FX man Michael Gracey set to direct
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper 1954-2015
Wrestler-turned-actor dies, aged 61
More Movie News

Steve Jobs RIP
Tech pioneer dead at 56

06 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

While the news was not entirely unexpected given the return of his health issues and his recent retirement from Apple, it’s still sad to report that Steve Jobs, the man who helped bring the world Pixar, the iPod, iTunes and the iPad has died at the age of 56.

In a career that was marked by a roller coaster of staggering falls and ambitious rises, Jobs influenced everything from personal computing to digital filmmaking, reshaping the way we buy music and driving the creation of iconic products.

Jobs introduced his first machine, the Apple II (co-created with Steve Wozniak) in 1977 and went on to become a multimillionaire who ran Apple until he was ousted in 1985.

But that very year, he created a new company called NeXT Computer and, in 1986, bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm for $10 million at a time when it was threatened with closure. Spearheaded by Jobs, Alvy Ray Smith, Ed Catmull and an animator named John Lasseter, the new business – renamed Pixar by Smith – would go on to revolutionise animated filmmaking and create one of the most consistently successful studios of all time. Brad Bird, speaking in 2007, said of the triumvirate, "All three Pixar founders are smart people who understand the creative process better than anyone. To have one of those guys would be amazing; to have three of them in the same company is a freak of nature. It should be respected in the same way as the Grand Canyon: it happened, nobody knows how it happened, but you've got to be humbled by it."

In 1996, Jobs found a way back on to Apple’s board, and in 2000 became the company’s full time CEO once more. It was from that point he enjoyed his biggest run of success with Apple’s hugely influential line of music players, personal computers, phones and, more recently, tablet devices.

While he also made some enemies along the way, Jobs has been hailed as a talented business brain allied to a driven imaginative soul. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” reads the statement on Apple’s home page. “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."

After announcing that he was resigning from the position of CEO on August 24, Jobs died peacefully on October 5 surrounded by his family.

Final word, then to another man known for having an impact on the cinema – Steven Spielberg, who said the following to Entertainment Weekly: “Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.”


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Thing Director Reviving Army Of Dead?
Zack Snyder's zombies resurface
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE:
Did u not read the full story? Pixar mate. More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 21:44 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RIP STEVE JOBS
Pixar aside, he didn't make the world a particularly better place. But he was a big deal, and this is big news.  More

Posted by hatebox at 11:38 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)