Steve Jobs dies at 56: Changed the world

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Steve Jobs, the chairman of Apple Inc. who resigned as CEO in August because of health problems, died today at 56. This from the Los Angeles Times:

Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.

Apple announced the death of Jobs — whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Any one of the above listed products can be considered a great achievement in technological hardware. But combine that with the Apple operating systems, which predated the overused Windows operating system by years, or look at his contribution to the entertainment world with Pixar studios, and you realize you’ve witnessed the passing of a legendary figure.

The New York Times has an interactive graphic of his 317 patents. Spend a few minutes here to see how much of his innovation has become a part of how the world works today.