Apple Honors Steve Jobs With Homepage Takeover of Official Site

Apple Homepage Steve Jobs - H 2011

Apple Homepage Steve Jobs - H 2011

The Apple site switched to a full black and white photo of the co-founder and visionary.

On Wednesday, Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.

The mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad, iMac and iTunes, had a long struggle with failing health after fighting an unusual form of pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 getting  a liver transplant.

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“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple's board of directors.  “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

“His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts,” the statement finishes.

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Almost immediately after the news of Jobs' death, Apple’s website held a singular black and white image of Jobs with the text: “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011."

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After clicking on the image, a statement is centered on the screen: “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 inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

An email address is available to send condolences and memories of the innovator.