Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple
The past two weeks have been the most insane in technology in a very long time. First Google buys Motorola. And then Palm stops making smartphones and HP decides to stop making PCs. But all of that was overshadowed by the news this afternoon out of Cupertino: Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple.
Now, we haven't had to cover a lot of Apple news here on PreCentral (HP and Palm being one of the few companies not involved in a legal batte with Apple), but this is the kind of thing we have to discuss. No matter your opinion of Steve Jobs or Apple, we have to acknowledge the increasingly profound impact Job's work at Apple has had on the world of tecnhology, indeed the world itself. If it weren't for the iPhone, we wouldn't have webOS, Android, or Windows Phone in the way they exist today. We may not agree with everything Apple has done under the reign of Steve Jobs, but he and the company have done so many things "right" before anybody else that we can't help but be impressed when we look back on all he has accomplished.
In his letter of resignation (copied after the break), Jobs requested to be named Chairman of the Apple board and that Apple COO (and multiple-time fill-in CEO) Tim Cook be named as new CEO, in accordance with Apple's succession plan, and we expect that has already happened. Apple without Steve Jobs will still be a great company - Tim Cook has demonstrated his ability to lead before. But it won't be the same company.
So Steve, Thank you for everything you've done. We'll miss you.
August 24, 2011–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.