Late Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs was born 62 years ago today, February 24, 1955. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
Current Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered Steve today, via Twitter.
Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us. “There is no reason not to follow your heart.” pic.twitter.com/MihKSnbYiQ
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2017
The quote is an excerpt from a lengthier one by Jobs from a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University:
“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, offering the Apple I home computer in kit form for $666.66. The firm went one to introduce the Apple II home computer to a receptive home and educational marketplace.
The company went on to introduce the Macintosh computer in 1984 before Jobs was pushed out in a power struggle in 1985. Jobs went on to found NeXT computer that same year, which was acquired by Apple in 1997. That move lead to Jobs’ returning to the company he loved.
Under Jobs, Apple went on to introduce the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He also made the decision to power the company’s fading Mac lineup with Intel processors.
Jobs’ legacy will live on well after his passing as Apple recently announced the theater on its new Apple Park campus will be named after him.
Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.
Happy Birthday, Steve. We miss you now more than ever.