Sophomore business major Ally Kiefer was in her accounting class Wednesday evening when she heard about the death of technology visionary and Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs. He was 56.
â€œMy teacher started to use him as an example and a girl raised her hand and said he had died,â€ Kiefer said. â€œ(My professor) always used him as an example, he is obsessed with Steve Jobs.â€
What followed, Kiefer said, was a 15-minute discussion on the future of Apple.
â€œHe made the company what it is today,â€ Kiefer said. â€œHe seemed to be driving Apple forward.â€
She said Apple would be a different company without its co-founder.
â€œI think stocks are going to go down temporarily,â€ Kiefer said. â€œBut I think Apple will be fine in the long run because of all the research and development they have going on now.â€
Apple announced the death of Jobs â€” whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad â€” on Wednesday.
â€œWe are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,â€ Apple said. â€œSteveâ€™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.â€
He had resigned as chief executive of Apple in August, after struggling with illness for nearly a decade, including a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and a liver transplant six years later.
Few public companies were as entwined with their leaders as Apple was with Jobs, who co-founded the computer maker in his parentsâ€™ Silicon Valley garage in 1976, and decades later â€” in a comeback as stunning as it seemed improbable â€” plucked it from near-bankruptcy and turned it into the worldâ€™s most valuable technology company.
Jobs spoke of his desire to make â€œa dent in the universe,â€ bringing a messianic intensity to his message that technology was a tool to improve human life and unleash creativity.
â€œHis ability to always come around and figure out where that next bet should be has been phenomenal,â€ Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the high-tech mogul with whom Jobs was most closely compared, said in 2007.
News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. McClatchy-Tribune contributed to this report.