He would have been pretty memorable if he had just founded a revolutionary PC company in 1976. But Steve Jobs went on to accomplish a lot more. A photographic timeline.
Steve Jobs Through the Years (Slideshow)
After Jobs convinced his former Hewlett Packard co-worker and gadget guru Steve Wozniak to help him build a new kind of personal computer, the pair co-founded Apple in 1976.
By 1982, Jobs headed the hottest company in Silicon Valley and was on the cover of Time.
In 1984, Apple and Jobs transformed the computer industry with the Macintosh and its object-oriented interface. That "1984"-inspired Super Bowl ad also turned a few heads.
The intense rivalry between Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates fueled the PC revolution. The pair are seen here at Jobs' Palo Alto home in 1991.
Forced out of Apple amid a PC-industry slump -- and accusations that he was an erratic manager -- Jobs formed NeXT Computer. He describes this period as one of the most creative of his career.
By 1997, Apple had been relegated to being a manufacturer of a fringe operating system, its market share dwarfed by Microsoft's Windows. Returning to the company he built, Jobs saw a way of diversifying the product offering and transforming Apple.
The nacent business of legal music downloads was up for grabs in 2001 and Apple seized it with the launch of the iPod and the iTunes music store. Those products, in turn, launched Apple into another decade of technology industry dominance.
Giving a commencement speech to Stanford graduates in 2005, Jobs opened up about his cancer diagnosis, even addressing his own mortality.
As they did for digital music, Apple and Jobs took smart phones into the mainstream with the launch of the iPhone in 2007.
Despite what appeared to be deteriorating health, Jobs and Apple were once again under the spotlight in 2010 with the launch of the iPad tablet
Conceding he could no longer perform his duties as Apple CEO, Jobs stepped down in August.
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