On October 5, 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
Tim Cook, who took over as Apple's chief when the ailing Jobs stepped down from the position in August 2011, posted a letter of remembrance to the Apple website, in honor of Jobs' life.
Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the same privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road.
It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for.
According to 9to5Mac, the company also sent around an email with a similarly worded message to Apple employees.
The landing page for Apple.com is also featuring a video (seen above) that pays homage to Jobs, highlighting some of his most memorable moments and creations, including Macintosh computers, the iPod and the iPhone. The clip ends with the phrase "Remembering Steve" before fading into black. (Mashable notes that the video on Apple's site doesn't appear to work in the Firefox browser.)
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. He was ousted from the company in the 1980s, but later returned to work for Apple in 1996 where he remained until his death. In the years between, he founded NeXT Computer and purchased The Graphics Group, which later became Pixar.
One day prior to his death in 2011, the iPhone 4S was unveiled -- but the innovative Apple CEO was unable to attend the event, and has since been a missed presence in the tech world. Jobs' sudden death resonated deeply with Apple fans and gadget lovers, many of whom set up shrines outside Apple Stores around the globe.
Jobs' biological sister Mona Simpson gave a stirring eulogy at her brother's funeral, revealing the visionary's last words were, "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW," as he gazed past the family members who had come to his side in the final hours. Jobs' official cause of death was respiratory arrest brought on by complications with a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor.
How do you plan on remembering the former Apple CEO today? Let us know in the comments section, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech] with your reactions. To see the original story from Steve Jobs' passing in 2011, click here. You can also check out the 10 most iconic products from Apple (here) or flip through Job's 11 best quotes (below).
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