Published: Oct 06, 2011 10:16 PM EDT


People across the globe are honoring Steve Jobs, the man who put the world in the palm of our hands.

The Apple C.E.O. lost his battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday at the age of 56. From New York to the United Kingdom, memorials for jobs are everywhere tonight. It's a testament to the role Jobs' inventions played in our everyday lives. Flags are at half staff at Apple headquarters. Inside, workers describe the atmosphere as somber.  And questions are in the air about how Apple will push into the future with its creative mastermind.

Steve Jobs leaves a double legacy, as C.E.O. of a company that grew to be one of the most valuable in the world and also as the visionary who created products that change the way people live.

"iPhone is like having your life in your pocket," Jobs said.

All over the country, fans are leaving tributes, for a pioneer of the digital age, who took complex technology and simplified it for average people. His sleek iPhones and iPads set a new standard in the industry.

Tim Cook, the new C.E.O. took over in August so there will be no disruption of day-to-day management and analysts say they believe the company will continue to grow.

For now, the focus is on remembering  Jobs. Apple has not given a cause of death, although Apple's leader fought pancreatic cancer for years

(steve wozniak/apple co-founder) "Steve spoke to me of the illness, more recently than a few months ago as something that really did bother him. That he did not like the fact that he had been close to death," Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak said.

Executives of some of the world's biggest tech companies, many in Silicon Valley, sent messages of sadness and admiration. As did both President Obama and President Clinton, who called Jobs an inspiration to us all.