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Timeline: How Steve Jobs Transformed Technology
Steve Jobs, who has died at the age of 56, was the co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind many of the company's revolutionary products that transformed the world of technology. Here's a look at how Jobs dared to "think different."

Steve Jobs Profile, Reuters

Steve Jobs transformed Apple from a niche computer company on the brink of bankruptcy into a worldwide phenonenom that ranks as one of the world's most valuable companies.

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Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak, Reuters

1976 -- Founds Apple Computer Company with Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Wayne sells his stake two weeks later.

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Apple Stock Chart with Logo, FactSet

1980 -- Apple goes public, share price jumps from $22 to $29 on the first day of trading.

Apple Superbowl Commercial Screen Grab

1984 -- Apple launches Macintosh with a splashy ad campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.

Steve Jobs & Next Logo

1985 -- Jobs ousted from Apple after boardroom struggle with Sculley. Jobs resigns and takes five Apple employees with him. Founds Next Inc. to develop computer hardware and software. Company later renamed Next Computer Inc.

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George Lucas & Steve Jobs, Reuters

1986 -- Buys Pixar from George Lucas for less than $10 million. Company later renamed Pixar Animation Studios.

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Steve Jobs talks during a presentation, 1997, Reuters

1997 -- Jobs becomes interim CEO and chairman of Apple Computer Inc. after Amelio is ousted. Jobs' salary is $1.

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Steve Jobs Holds the iPod

2001 -- Apple makes first foray into consumer electronics with launch of iPod, the portable MP3 player. (It sells more than 4.4 million iPods in fiscal 2004.)

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Steve Jobs Combination Photos

2004 -- In August, Jobs is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and undergoes surgery. He recovers and returns to work in September, though his health would deteriorate over the coming years.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Looks at iPhone

2007 -- Jobs announces the iPhone, one of the first smartphones without a keyboard, at Macworld Expo.

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Steve Jobs Dramatic Weight Loss, Reuters

2009 -- In early January Jobs says his dramatic weight loss was caused by a hormone imbalance. He says the condition would not hinder his abilities to function as CEO. Around a week later Jobs says he will take a leave of absence from Apple until June because his medical condition had changed. He does not disclose his ailment. COO Tim Cook will handle Apple's day-to-day operations during Jobs' recovery period. Apple says Jobs will be involved with major strategic decisions.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs With iPad

January 2010 -- Apple announces the iPad tablet computer, which becomes an instant success and spawns a new category of mobile computing devices.

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Tim Cook and Steve Jobs, Reuters

January 2011 -- Apple announces Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence, without specifying a reason for the leave or how long he'd be away. Questions are raised about the severity of Jobs' health problems, and its impact on the company's stock, product development and business operations.

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Steve Jobs' Farewell, Reuters

August 2011 -- Jobs steps down as Apple's CEO, saying he can "no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO." Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook assumes the CEO title. Jobs remains at Apple as chairman of the board.

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Steve Jobs, Apple.com

October 5, 2011 - Steve Jobs, the prolific chief executive widely seen as the visionary behind Apple's extraordinary rise from the brink of collapse to one of the world's most formidable technology companies, has died at the age of 56.

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Timeline: How Steve Jobs Transformed Technology

Steve Jobs, who has died at the age of 56, was the co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind many of the company's revolutionary products that transformed the world of technology. Here's a look at how Jobs dared to "think different."

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