Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, died on Wednesday. 

The Apple Macintosh appeared in 1984, bringing icons and the mouse to a mass audience. Small, light and affordable, it was even described as “lovable” – probably a first for any computer.   The company almost did not survive and in the end Steve Jobs engineered perhaps one of the most impressive comebacks in business history.  In completing the turn-around, which eventually led this year to Apple briefly becoming the world’s most valuable company,  Jobs went on to shake up the personal computing industry he had helped to create with a series of new, portable devices – in the process also upending the mobile communications industry and creating new markets for digital media and entertainment.

Source:  Financial Times