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Apple’s Steve Jobs dies aged 56

The Total Film office was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Steve Jobs this morning.

The co-founder and former CEO of Apple passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.

Famous for making some of the world’s most desirable tech goods, Jobs was behind some gadgets that were so slick, easy-to-use and downright pretty, it was easy to forget how complex and groundbreaking they were under their shiny shells.

It wasn’t just the technology sector that Jobs influenced; he also had a profound effect on the movie industry, most notably via his investment in a fledgling company called Pixar.

For an insightful article on how Jobs’ changed the movie industry, head here .

Tributes have been flowing in, with Apple releasing the following statement:

“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 an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Barack Obama said,  “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg also paid their respects.

Jobs is survived by his wife and three children, and his daughter from a previous relationship.

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