Steve Jobs: One Year Later

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- One year ago today, the world lost a legend, as former Apple ( AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

Apple has posted a video paying tribute to its legendary co-founder on the front page of its website.

In addition, Tim Cook, Steve's hand-picked replacement, has posted a very eloquent and touching letter on Jobs impact to the world.

A message from Tim Cook, Apple's CEO

Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for.


To this day, Apple has kept up the Remembering Steve Jobs page on its website, as consumers from around the world posted thoughts, feelings, and sentiment as the world out-poured with emotion.

CEOs step down for health reasons every year, and some of them unfortunately succumb to their illnesses, but Jobs' death caused dignitaries from around the globe, including President Obama, to make comments.

Rival companies such as Google ( GOOG) (Larry Page) and Microsoft ( MSFT) (Bill Gates) put out condolences. Disney ( DIS) CEO Bob Iger was a close friend and business partner, and said, "His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined."

Jobs, who had a scare with pancreatic cancer in 2004, made very candid remarks about death, when speaking at Stanford University in 2005. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

I've included some thoughts from Twitter reflecting the sentiment surrounding the anniversary, and the profound impact Steve Jobs had on the world.

Steve Jobs was our Thomas Edison, our Henry Ford, our Picasso. He meant so much more than the iPhone, the iPod, and the iPad. He married art and science in a way no one of this time ever has. He changed the world for the better, and for that, we are grateful beyond words.

Steve Jobs once said, "I want to put a ding in the universe." He put more than a ding, as his impact continues to be felt as strongly today as it was when he was alive.

Thank you for using your ability to "think different." The world will never be the same.

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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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