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Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 56, deemed irreplaceable by millions of fans of the operating system, died on Wednesday due to his long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, beginning in 2004, when he underwent transplant surgery for it.

Jobs, who resigned as Apple's CEO in August, is said to have changed the course of personal computing during two stints at Apple and transformed the mobile market.
The circumstances of his passing were unclear, but many believe that Jobs' death was caused by his battle with aggressive cancer and other health issues.
"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come," Microsoft co-founder and long-time rival Bill Gates, told Reuters.
Jobs, a college dropout, reportedly traveled through India in search of spiritual guidance prior to founding Apple, a name he suggested to his friend and co-founder Steve Wozniak after a visit to a commune in Oregon he referred to as an "apple orchard." 

In the wake of Steve Jobs' death, perhaps no one can reflect on the man who was essentially the force of success behind Apple (AAPL) like Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple who befriended Jobs when he was still a high school student in Cupertino, Calif.

The pair met through their shared passion for electronics while Wozniak, who was five years older than Jobs, was attending the University of California at Berkeley in 1971. In an interview with CNET, Wozniak said that aside from their interest in technology they also enjoyed playing pranks on people, organizing several stunts at Jobs' high school such as turning sprinklers on at parents during a graduation ceremony and making a banner that 'flipped off' the senior class.
Best Friends
"We were best friends for all the years leading up to Apple," he said. "We would go driving out to faraway places, explore the musical catalogues of Bob Dylan and people who had rare photographs of him."