APPLE genius Steve Jobs has died after a long battle with cancer.
The 56-year-old who started tinkering with computers in his garage in 1976 and went on to create a global empire had looked very frail in recent weeks. President Barack Obama paid tribute to the man who "exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity". He said: "He transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world." "The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." Jobs resigned as Apple's chief exec in August after being on medical leave since January 17 for an undisclosed condition. A spokesman for Apple said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
"His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family.
"Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and had to have a liver transplant in 2007.