New York: Apple website paid a sombre homage to Steve Jobs, displaying a black and white portrait of the technology legend with a note that said only a "visionary and creative genius" like Jobs could have built a company like Apple.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being," the four-line note read.
"Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor."

The message further said Jobs has left behind a company that "only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

In the portrait, a bearded and bespectacled Jobs, wearing his trademark black turtleneck, has his hand near his chin and a slight smile on his lips.

Jobs, who single-handedly changed the way the world listened to music, communicated on the phone and used the computer, has died at the age of 56.