>Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. Some audio bytes to remember this great man!

Steve Jobs Memorial Audio

Introducing Machintosh in 1984

the IPod 2 in 2001

The new IPhone in 2007

and the exciting IPad in 2010

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Less than two months after officially stepping down from his role of CEO at Apple, company co-founder Steve Jobs died yesterday. He was 56. In a statement on the Apple website, the company writes: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” Here is a look at Steve Jobs’ life and career highlights, compiled by Mercury News:

1955: Steve Jobs born February 24th and adopted by machinist Paul Jobs and accountant Clara Jobs of Mountain View.

1967: Asks Hewlett-Packard co-founder for $12 in parts to complete building a piece of electronic equipment.

1972: Graduates from high school and enrolls at Reed College in Portland, Oregon; he drops out after one semester.

1974: Takes a job at Atari; leaves to travel through India and then joins a farm commune.

1975: Joins the Homebrew Computer Club, headed by Steve Wozniak, and convinces Wozniak to go into business to pursue his design for a computer logic board dubbed Apple 1.

1976: Apple Computer founded.

1977: Apple incorporates in the state of California and introduces the Apple II.

1980: Apple goes public; first day’s trading brings its market value to $1.2 billion. At age 25, Jobs is worth $239 million.

1981: Jobs becomes chairman of Apple.

1983: Jobs recruits John Sculley from Pepsi to be CEO of Apple.

1984: Apple launches the Macintosh, an all-in-one desktop computer with a graphical interface and mouse.

1985: Jobs clashes with the Apple board and is ousted and replaced by Sculley. Jobs launches NeXT, a Redwood City-based company seeking to build a breakthrough computer that will revolutionize research and higher education.

1986: Jobs buys Pixar Animation Studios for $10 million from filmmaker George Lucas.

1988: Jobs unveils the NeXT computer, a 1-foot-tall black cube costing about $10,000.

1991: Jobs marries Laurene Powell, whom he met in 1989 while she was doing graduate work at Stanford University.

1995: “Toy Story,” the first Pixar movie with Disney, is released to huge success; Jobs becomes a billionaire when Pixar goes public.

1996: Apple buys NeXT for $400 million and rehires Jobs as an adviser.

1997: Apple CEO Gil Amelio is ousted and replaced by Jobs as interim CEO.

1998: Apple releases the iMac, which becomes the fastest-selling personal computer in history.

2000: Jobs becomes permanent CEO of Apple.

2001: Apple introduces the iPod, a music player that will revolutionize the digital music industry.

2003: Apple launches the iTunes Music Store.

2004: In an email to Apple employees, Steve Jobs says he underwent successful surgery for a rare, treatable form of pancreatic cancer.

2006: Jobs sells Pixar to Disney in $7.4 billion stock deal; becomes Disney’s largest shareholder and joins its board of directors.

2007: Apple introduces the iPhone, a smartphone with a touchscreen keyboard that will revolutionize the cellphone industry.

2009: Jobs takes a six-month medical leave during which he undergoes a liver transplant.

2010: Apple releases the iPad touchscreen tablet.

2011: In a January memo to Apple employees, Jobs announces another medical leave with no set duration. On August 24th he resigns as CEO, asking that he remain as chairman of the board and be replaced as chief executive by interim CEO Tim Cook. He passed away on October 5th.