Jobs dies but his vision lives on
STEVE Jobs is dead but his work will live on, according to Apple reseller Amelia Ahern.
Ms Ahern, co-owner of Lismore's Powermax Computers, said Jobs's character was deeply ingrained in the Apple company and all its products.
"He was an innovative and visionary chief executive," she said.
"He had a huge amount of drive."
His death would be a huge loss to Apple, she said, but was confident the company would continue to function well without him.
Dominique Falla of Ocean Shores teaches digital design at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, using Apple products.
She said, yesterday some of her students became so upset on hearing the news of Jobs's death they had to leave her class.
"It has taken everyone by surprise," she said.
Ms Falla said she too felt emotional because, although she did not know Jobs personally, it felt as though he had been a large part of her life since buying her first Apple computer in the late 80s.
She said his death would leave a "gaping void".
Yesterday, people across the globe used their Facebook page to pay tribute to Jobs, with messages as simple as "RIP" to outpourings of grief about the man who brought the world the Mac-intosh, iPhone and iPad.
"I love my iPad. Thank you, Steve and RIP," one woman wrote.
Even PM Julia Gillard paused to pay tribute to the "creative genius".
"It's not too much to say he literally changed our world," the PM said.
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, but after receiving treatment for the illness he appeared to be in good health until 2008.
He stepped down from his role as chief executive in August.
Yesterday Apple released this statement: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. 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."
Jobs owned 5.426 million Apple shares, His estimated wealth was put at $8.3 billion in 2010, making him the 42nd-wealthiest American. He was 56 years old.