Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died aged 56.

Jobs, who famoulsy set up the computer company with Steve Wozniak in his parent’s garage in 1976, was credited with developing products that revolutionised the worlds of personal computing, music and telephony.

The company’s Final Cut Pro editing software was recognised as providing a low-cost entry into the world of non-linear video editing.

Jobs also co-founded Pixar Animation, the animation studio responsible for Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

Jobs announced he had cancer in 2004. He stepped down from his role as chief executive in August this year, when Apple’s chief operating officer Tim Cook took over leadership of the Palo Alto company.

In his resignation letter he wrote: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

In a statement, Apple said: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

“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.

“Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”