This is the end of an era: Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Here’s his letter of resignation:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
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.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Steve Jobs ran the company that designed the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. He has influenced how hardware is designed and how software functions. He has helped usher us into the digital era and has changed the way we use technology, share with one another and interact. For lack of a better phrase, he has helped change the world.
Apple COO Tim Cook has officially taken on the CEO title. He has big shoes to fill; for many tech geeks, Steve Jobs wasn’t just the head of a company, he was a demigod, a prophet from the future, always clad in a black turtleneck and wielding seemingly space-age technology. Jobs has battled health issues for years and the obvious conclusion here is that his condition has taken a turn for the worse. Heck, this entire post sounds like an obituary. I, for one, hope he is going to take his hard-earned money, go buy an island and live for a few more decades.
In any case… Thanks, Steve.