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Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple, Will Remain on as Chairman of the Board

Talk about news that no one was expecting to see on a Wednesday…Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple, but would like to remain on as Chairman of the Board.  In a letter sent to the press, Jobs makes it clear that he can no longer meet the duties and “expectations” that come with being Apple’s CEO and has asked that the board turn over those duties to Tim Cook who is currently the COO.

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.

Shocking.  Whether you like Steve Jobs and Apple or not, this is massive news.  He doesn’t specifically bring up the health issues that have plagued him over the last year, but one would assume that those are the driving force behind this decision.  The dude has meant a lot to the world of tech, so while we bat for Team Android, we can admit that this is still a pretty sad day.

With that said, I can’t imagine that he won’t be leading the way in press conferences, product events, etc. for at least the time being.  Thoughts?

Via:  ZDNet

  • Anonymous

    Appoint setting is an arranged meeting between the two peoples. it can be a so useful to save a time for a big companies or firm they always like to meet every people via the arranged meetings. in this type of meeting we can know early the at what time when we have to go and who will meet us.

    appointment setting

  • Will miss you Jobs!

  • the reason he’s leaving sucks, and i don’t think the products will be the same. he does all the finalization, and stepping down as CEO, also means stepping down, and taking his ideas with him.

  • john patterson

    I hate to bring up the obvious over something as good as this but the Apple we all know to suck with decade old technology was controlled by Steve Jobs. But Steve Jobs gave up that position to Tim Cook.So now someone different will control Apple and the way everything works. So wouldn’t that mean that Apple products like Iphone has a chance to improve or get worse depending on what Tim does? I’m sure it will never get better then Android but I think now it will have a chance to improve the technology in an Iphone. So it may not be the greatest news yet until we know how Tim Cook controls the company.

  • Jason Levitz

    good

  • Guest

    iDon’t Care.

  • Jake

    He’s leaving on a high note. The iPod, iPhone, and iPad was all huge commercial sucesses. The brand is widely popular, The company is in the best financial shape it’s ever been. However, he sees that the tide is turning. Lots of people say that Windows 7 is just as user-friendly, eye-catching, and stable as any Mac OS. Android has taken iPhone from the #1 position down to, like 22% market share for smartphones in just the last year. In the few months since the first Honeycomb tablet was released, the iPad went from practically having 100% of the market to losing at least 15% of the tablet market share. Android tablets may explode when Amazon gets into the game. Android is creating its own ecosystem with Android being introduced and integrated into appliances, devices, vehicles, etc.. Financially, Apple is still growing, but not as quickly as Android, and that hurts the ego. Perception is very important to Jobs and the Jobs-run Apple.

  • Sirx

    Now this whole Android vs. Apple thing just isn’t the same.  Steve Jobs was a VERY worthy opponent, and under his direction, he forced Android to constantly update and innovate to outdo his own Apple progress.  I wish him all the best–and pray that Apple continues to provide the challenge that Android needs to survive…

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  • Jack O’neill

    He kicked the bee’s nest with these lawsuits, and is getting out while the getting is good (while his name is in a positive light)

  • Scott

    Sad…Prayers out to Mr. Jobs as he struggles through this and thanks for the headway his company made into mobile technology.  I still love my 6 year old I-pod.

  • Hmmm, interesting…. I guess he ran out of companies to sue?

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  • Firemanprice

    Ok, if you were starting a new Cell phone company or taking over a existing one today. And you needed to hire a second in command. Your two choices are Moto’s Saji or a healthy Jobs, who are you choosing ? Just what I thought, its all about money. Who’s going to make you the most $.

  • Google joined the alamuni and they got him!

    • Nfm312

      “alamuni”

      A lame joke made amusing by shear stupidity.

  • Interstellarmind

    i bat for team android, also. but Jobs’ contribution to the tech world is non-debatable.

    he is a brilliant man who has revolutionized gadgets. It is sad to see a great man, whose brilliant mind is being hampered by a frail body. how frustrating it must be.
    I wish him the best and hope he recovers and is able to find comfort.

  • JT

    Can’t wait for the Droid Bionic …. Oh, and sorry to hear about Stan Jobbs or whoever getting fired.

  • Kierra

    Hope Steve overcomes this. Lost an Aunt to pancreatic cancer recently. Hope he comes out of the battle victorious.

  • Michael

    we live in such corrupt and distasteful world, and all you insensitive bashers are the reason why. i would ask to show the man some respect for what he has done and what he’s currently going through, but i know it’s a lot to ask from you degenerates! such a sad sad world…

  • This just in, Sanjay Jha tried to resign from his CEO position earlier today. Steve Jobs filed a lawsuit.

  • Stelv81

    Without Steve Jobs and Xerox we would not have the GUI as we know it (Bill Gates stole the idea from them). I love Android, but I also love Apple and all thay have done for modern technology as we know. Big up to Steve Jobs. Hopefully all tech companies can live together in harmony in the future without suing the heck out of eachother.

  • Zahhh

    All of you hating steve jobs grow up yeah he is lawsuit happy assho!e but he did create the ipod the itouch ipad and iphone where others failed he excelled and led the way for others to bring high tech devices to the mass consumer market. If it wasn’t for the iphone android may have never been or reached the heights it has now because of the competition it has caused innovation people would have thought impossible 7 years ago with the first cameras being put on phones. 

    • Nckkent

      True. War promotes innovation. 

    • Nckkent

      True. War promotes innovation. 

  • Anonymous

    jobs is a pinhead

  • Davros

    I wont comment on Jobs personally but I think his stepping down will be good for apple and bad for Android. They will now have the opportunity to make the changes they need to to compete with Android. Jobs made apple(mobile) what it is but in the end he kept them from reaching their full potential.

    • Maverick1276

      Dude, what the hell is the profile picture you have of? It looks disgusting! And to comment on the topic, apple is screwed with all the new judgements coming down on them. *fail!

      • Davros

        Same avatar I’ve had on here for over a year, are you new? I hope your right and they cant buy a victory in court. In case there was any confusion I am most definitely NOT an apple/jobs fan but I do have to admit the guy is an absolute marketing genius.

      • Nckkent

        It’s the eye from the eagle eye droid x commercial.

        • Davros

          yup, photochopped onto my own eye 😉

  • Anonymous

    Whats with all the people acting like he is dead…
    And he is still working at the company…probably.

    But I respect him. The only thing is how immature a person has to be too be to sue that many companies, that many times. 
    And not just that, but to ban device sales in countries? (attempt to at least) 
    As much as I do respect him, people need to realize that if he never invented the iPhone, we would still be seeing devices like the GS2, HTC Sensation, D3, etc. 

    I am sure other companies were working on something just like this around the time. 

    • Evileclipse

      I know you’re not serious, right? If you really think we would be seeing the sgs 2, or anything like it, without the iphone to pave the way,you obviously haven’t been paying attention to tech for years. W/E!

      • Anonymous

        I have to disagree with you. Just because Apple did it first does not mean other companies would not have done it. Look at how far behind Apple is now?

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  • Anonymous

    Sad to see him go. He was an innovator and is really responsible for the trends in laptops, smartphones and tablets.  He turned Apple from a laughingstock (Dell was saying they should leave the business) into the most valuable company in the world (or at least the most valuable tech company).

    I’m not a huge fan of Apple but it is sad to see a titan of the industry go.

  • Anonymous

    Good for Apple. GREAT for innovation n competition. Android now just needs to continue its stride. It’ll be a minute before we’ll have to sweat…

  • im not happy about this @ all.  i’m android all the way for phones but as far as computing goes…I can’t help say they have the supperior system.  i hope apple continues to lead the way in innovation

  • AlexKCMO

    I know everyone here is all about holding hands, but take a step back for a minute.  While he was in charge, his company ran an ad campaign smearing Microsoft lying in just about every “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” commercial.  This is the guy whose company put out videos claiming “All phones lose signal when you try to hold them.”  His company KNOWINGLY released a phone that drops calls just because you hold it.  I could go into all the wrong-doings Apple has done since he was given the reigns back, but I don’t have 3 months to write a book.

    Everyone saying he contributed so much to the tech world?  Like what?  He gave us the iPod?  Sorry, my iRiver was 1000 times better than that.  He gave us the Smart Phone as we know it today?  You know, Google purchased Android.  Android would have come out later.  HTC was doing some AMAZING things with Windows Mobile as is. 

    The only thing I can say Apple and Jobs have contributed is they pushed the Smartphone to a consumer market, when MS and BB were marketing it towards business.  The move would have happened eventually, it did not take a liar and thief to make it happen; just one to kick start it. 

    Sorry guys, Jobs is nothing special.  His company has been riding the coat tails of the other software companies for years.  It sucks that he’s stepping down because he’s dying, the health thing is horrible, but as I see it, the tech world lost nothing, just a megalomaniacal control freak.

    • Devin Rs42

      Yeah because everyone is just so excited to replace their iPod with an iRiver.. I also don’t think you have any logic behind your smartphone story. HTC doing some AMAZING things? No ones buying that, many people thought htc was crap before android came out. Google did purchase android but I don’t think you would even know what an “app” is without Jobs.

      • Anonymous

        My Creative Zen was far better than any iPod at the time, it just lacked the fruit logo and Apple marketing so it naturally wasn’t that kind of a market success.

        The first iPhone was a glorified dumbphone, not even the first with a large touchscreen. It’s success is again attributed to Apple’s massive marketing, nut hugging media and pretty designs.

        App is short for application, which have existed since the dawn of computing you dumb twit.  All Apple did was popularize the shortened version of it.  Maybe if Apple didn’t exist there wouldn’t be a generation of no nothing nitwits like present day.

        • Anonymous

          Could not have said it better. +1 for perfect usage of today’s secret word, “twit.” Bravo!

        • Anonymous

          Your comments and replies are on point and have made my day. Keep ’em coming 

          • Anonymous

            Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      I glad someone is sane of mind here.

    • CIFchamp24

      I’m just not understanding how apple has been “riding the coat tails of other software companies for years.” Was apple not just names THE MOST valuable company in America? Where is Microsoft, HTC, Google, RIM (or any other software company for that matter?) Ohhh ya, behind Apple. Not too mention how much just the brand of apple itself is worth. Hate on them all you want but don’t tell me he didn’t bring this company to unbelievable heights. He was an innovator. There’s really no argument. 

      • AlexKCMO

        Look, iOS 5 has a pulldown bar!
        Look, iPhone’s one button pulls up a list of apps!
        Look, tabbed browsing!
        Look, Wireless Sync (wait… WiFi Only? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

        Riding the coat tails. 

        They’re valuable for the wrong reasons, not because they have the best product, but because they have the best customer experience.  A friend of mine’s iPhone broke.  She set up an appointment at the Apple Store, she walked in, they replaced her phone, recovered the data, etc.  Most other companies don’t do this. 

        Apple puts the power in the hands of the company, everyone else puts the power in the hand of the consumer. 

        As a company who makes great products, Apple isn’t there.  Their products are overpriced and behind the curve.  It’s pretty easy to turn over a ridiculous profit when people are stupid enough to shell out $1800 for an $800 PC. 

        Apple finally figured out how to sell users a shit sammich.  There’s a reason nobody would touch OSX back in 2000, because it sucked and had no applications.  If you wanted to browse the web and play Warcraft 3 and edit some images with Photoshop, Apple was for you.  Now, most people need MICROSOFT Office, a web browser (to access their gmail, google maps, and Facebook), and access to their media since most computing is done through a web browser. 

        So now people will buy it… because they’re idiots.

        • CIFchamp24

          I didn’t say they never play off any ideas from other software companies. But to say they have been riding coat tails for years is just dumb. I didnt say apple has the best products; they have invented so much. I said the company this man runs is INNOVATIVE. They didn’t invent the smartphone. They took the idea and they changed the way people looked at them. It was no longer something just business people had to have. We all had to have it. They certainly didn’t invent the tablet, but they sure as hell put them on the map. Same with MP3 players. And their store and customer experience is part of innovation so don’t dismiss that. I love android. I don’t have an iPhone. But my phone would suck without apple. He was stubborn and an ass sometimes, but he was a freaking genius.

    • CIFchamp24

      By the way. Before I bought my OG Droid. I had an HTC imagio (windows mobile phone)….. It was terrible.

      • AlexKCMO

         Had a Touch Pro 2.  It was fantastic for the time.  Sense was amazing.

        Problem was WinMo was made for use with a stylus, not for use with fingers.

        • CIFchamp24

          You must have got a good version of sense and WM 6.5 cause I had the laggiest software ever on that phone.

    • yeah and thomas jefferson is soooooo overrated because after all he is just riding the coattails of john locke, he totally copied the declaration of independence. 

  • Cgmartin33

    His tone sounded a little defeated…I have a strong feeling that Mr Turtleneck wanted to get the F out while the shit’s still good. They will always survive but I think he wanted to step down as the innovative guy that was responsible for “magical” devises instead of that guy who got surpassed by the Google giant…just sayin!

  • Larry Jr. Lima

    Hearing this is like hearing a new Mario game came out with no Bowser in it. The one thing I want to bring Steve with him as he quits as CEO are all the litigation that his company has brought forward in the last 6 months or so. May Apple make a better turn and be a fair competitor in this tech industry, not through litigation, but through innovation.. again.

  • Anonymous

    All the silly lawsuits left a really bad taste in my mouth. But without the iphone we might still be on windows mobile 6. And without ipad we would not have honeycomb or hp touchpad fire sales. That’s my 2 cents.

  • Jake

    Many people despised the man more than the company. Jobs’ departure may lift the barrier that kept many away from Apple and iOS products. As long as he remains on the board or in any capacity with Apple, he will still have great influence over the company, and may continue to deter acceptance from his detractors. Don’t expect Adobe Flash to come to iOS any time soon (I believe Apple’s allowance of the SkyFire browser was its tacit admission of fault without actually saying that Steve was wrong).

    There’s no denying Jobs’ contribution to the tech world and his cultural influence around the globe. I’m especially grateful for Jobs’ involvement with Pixar. It failed as an imaging hardware company, and its success as an animation studio happened as a result of chance, luck, and the work of John Lasseter. However, if Jobs’ weren’t there at that time, the sequence of events that eventually led to the creation of some of my family’s most treasured stories and characters may have never happened.

  • Booboolala2000

    Will be nice to see if anything comes of this. I would personally like to see WOZ back. But that would never happen. Health issues suck and it just goes to show you that money can’t buy everything. I wish him well.

  • trumpet444

    I wish him the best. In my prayers as far as his health is concerned. Not fond of his business practices but without the i*phone where would android be today? Without having to fiercely compete against any sort of powerhouse os, we’d probably still be halfheartedly working on 2.1

  • Anonymous

    ALL APPLE FANS CAN CALL THIS NUMBER AND LEAVE A PERSONALIZED MESSAGE FOR STEVE!  WISH HIM WELL IN HIS NEW ENDEAVORS!

     1-800-273-TALK

    😛

    • Anonymous

      As per google, you are a royal moron.

    • CIFchamp24

      You’re an idiot

  • Anonymous

    The guy is a visionary.  While I don’t agree with many of those visions, I do appreciate his role in making my life more interesting.  I hope he perseveres for his own sake, certainly, but also for a variety of selfish reasons.

  • Pennywise

    What am I missing… I see 1 comment flagged for review yet these posts make it seem like there are overwhelming amounts of disrespect.  Many hold the opinion that Jobs is an aging hippy liberal douche (thank you SP) and if you’re known as being a douche, then don’t expect a lot of sympathy.

    Be a good guy, do things the right way, and it’s amazing how people give respect and support.

    I am grateful for many of Apple’s results. That said I find ‘how they do business’ deplorable. But we’re not talking about Apple going out of business… We’re talking about a man who is now too sick to carry on running the company he built. This is sad, but he also has a reputation for being kind of a douche.

  • The some of the comments on this site are making me want to quit using this site. They are absolutely classless

    • Anonymous

      You have one post, this isn’t an Apple site so by all means, leave.

      • That may be true, but the types of comments here make me embarrassed to own an android device.  There was one person who said they hoped he would die soon, just because of his resignation, which is just downright barbaric 

        • Anonymous

          A lot of people don’t like Apple or Jobs for a reason.

          • I have no personal vendetta against you, or anybody else who doesn’t like him. I personally love both systems for different reasons and experiment with both systems. I have a jailbroken iDevice as well as my rooted D2G. I’m just saying why can’t we be the ones to take the high road on this topic.  Wishing somebody would die now is the type of comments that paint the android side in the wrong light.  I understand if people dislike Jobs or Apple.  My faith in them has been lowered over the past few months of pattentgate.  

          • Anonymous

            I applaud your reasonable attitude.  I don’t think anyone is really wishing for his death (maybe one or two), we just don’t like the guy.

  • Does this mean we can jail break our Droid X’s now?

  • Mr.Joe

    I hope this means he dies soon.

    • Yikes. You’re cold hearted 

      • Mr.Joe

        I know.  It’s why I can’t stay in a warm hearted relationship.  

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the iPhone 5 is a failure, and he is making sure eyes won’t be on him…

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the iPhone 5 is a failure, and he is making sure eyes won’t be on him…

  • Anonymous

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  • this is such a sad day i love steve jobs 🙂 idc wht u all say hes an amzing guy who invented the iphone itouch ipod ipad macbooks airs with out this where would we be stuck with HP comptures and dells..
     … so stop hating on mr steve jobs already grow up n be mature about this…

    • not to mention the first commercially viable pc and founder of pixar

    • Anonymous

      Don’t you have a Stevo poster to go pray to?

  • Sure, I don’t like Apple, and I don’t own an Apple product.
    But I would probably still be on some ruddy dumbphone if Steve Jobs didn’t change the way we think of smartphones. Heck, you look at Android prototypes, and you’ll find out Google wasn’t planning on making smartphones a ubiquitous tool. I wouldn’t have the Droid I have, the Zune I can’t live with, and the good collection of Apple stocks if not for Steve Jobs.

    What would a world without Toy Story and the iPhone look like?It’s a world that runs on BlackBerry OS/WinMo 5 and frankly, kinda sucks.

    Godspeed Apple, good luck Jobs, and Cook… drop the suits and focus on competing outside the courtroom.

    • Jam120992

      “and the good collection of Apple stocks” …..win

    • Anonymous

      Apl stocks will get a haircut tomorrow. I know quite a few that’ll be dumping quite a bit of shares tomorrow am.

      • How did those ‘quite a few’ end up doing? -0.65% was a pretty huge drop.

  • Anonymous

    Hope he can overcome his health issues and stay on with Apple, love him or hate him, he turned a floundering company into the greatest American success story of our generation. And for all the haters, go watch MegaMind, without a good aversary the fight is pointless! Maybe Tim Cook will ease up on the patent suits, who knows….

  • lmrojas

    Iphone 5 will now run ICS with an io5 skin over the top.

    • lmrojas

      NNot an ios 5 skin just touch wiz

  • Anonymous

    aaaah so torn.  hate apple, hate jobs, but i wish him the best.

  • Anonymous

    Stolen from my friend’s status:

    “Apple corporation joins millions of recession-era Americans suddenly finding themselves without Jobs.”

  • ChrisI

    I respectfully request to be considered for the CEO position. I will even take a pay cut, and make only 600 bajillion dollars a year….far less than my competitors in the industry.

  • RW-1

    Sad.

    His leaving as CEO doesn’t mean Android won the “War”, just that we lost a very worthy opponant to battle with.

    My only comment on this would be something like:

    “If only Jha would follow suit and leave Moto”

    • Anonymous

      OK seriously. 

      Apple isn’t going to die because of him leaving. (though its going down slowly)
      I am sure all of Apple’s ideas haven’t all came from him.

      • Anonymous

        Take a look of what Apple was like before Jobs came back and what it is today.  You can pretty much say that Steve’s leadership and vision 99.999% made that company what it is today.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I hate Apple and “Jobs” attitude of you can only do what i allow you on my devices, But he has created some well thought of and widely used products…Sad to see a man with this much drive go down.

    • Isn’t that Moto’s same attitude? Locked Bootloader?

      • Pennywise

        Verizon’s actually. (regarding the locked bootloader)

  • babadush

    While I’m happy he’s leaving I wish it was under different circumstances. To applaud his imminent death is not very classy

  • Cancer sucks…no matter who has it I would never wish it upon anyone

    • babadush

      You always have sensible posts. It’s refreshing in the child infested commentary

    • Anonymous

      I’d wish it upon convicts and illegal immigrants from anywhere but Canada…

      Just sayin…lol

      • trumpet444

        i get it.

      • t.o

        F u I would wish u would get it but that would bring me down to Ur level

    • Anonymous

      Murderers, rapists and molesters deserve it and worse.  Oh and lawyers, corrupt politicians and the super rich greedy fucks.

  • Wow, some are insensitive asshats, the guy’s health is failing probably and some of you are happy that he has to step down. I normally don’t get pissed off about people’s comments and I probably shouldn’t but it’s their opinion, I just don’t like how some of you are acting. You could be a little more respectful and wish him well. Grow up people. Thank you Kellex for putting this article up, it is a sad day for the tech world.

  • Benjamin Chambliss

    dang

  • islandak

    It’s unfortunate for Mr. Jobs that this is how it has to end. The man led a revolution in the tech industry two maybe three times. I don’t own a single Apple product, but I have respect for what he has accomplished, professionally. And I would wish health problems on no one.

  • It is unbelievable how much some of the people who comment here CANNOT take a joke……..pity

  • ramana

    Sad to see the comments section- A very mature article kellex!

  • Ray

    I cant complain about not seeing black turtle necks and tight jeans anymore thats for sure!

  • Oddly enough, I’m gonna miss him as CEO. He really did deserve the spot. 

  • Matt4542

    The ignorance in the comments disgust’s me.  The man played a major role in our computers today.  If not for him, you may not be on this site at this moment. He left due to his sickness.  You are all horrible people to get enjoyment out of a man who has changed all our lives sickness.  It is even more ignorant to believe iOS will shrivel up and die, and Android will succeed even more. Just because Steve is leaving, that most deffinatly does not mean iOS will die, nor will the iPhone be discontinued.  If anything, it means it will thrive even more than it has, or it will go at the same pace it has been. 

    – Matt4542

    • Thank you, can we all have some respect for him please?

    • Agacom24

      i totally agree…..the ignorance sometimes on these boards are insane!  The man has changed the technological world we know and love today

      • and some of us despise some of these changes, so we hate him

    • babadush

      I agree entirely. He did a great job propelling the industry. The lawsuits I could have done with out

      • EC8CH

        Accurate and Succinct

    • Anonymous

      He hasn’t changed my life one bit other than having to deal with lies, propaganda, numerous articles on frivolous lawsuits and a mass of delusional zealots and media that fawn over everything Apple does to an extreme.

      • droidd

        Okay, I don’t believe Steve did any of those things as a single person, and how does any of that directly affect your life?

        • Anonymous

          Really?  You don’t believe Jobs, the CEO of the company in question who makes all the decisions and is known for pushing his ideals and opinions, is responsible for his own company’s actions?  …..really?

          How do you think it affects me.  You know how marketing works right?  You know short of becoming a hermit I have to deal and interact with people on a daily basis right?  Maybe a better question for you is, how do you think a pervasive company, one of the biggest and richest in the world, with massive influence in the tech space, consumer mindset and media doesn’t affect my life, especially when they try to bar the devices I prefer from being sold and remove my options in favor of a monopoly.

          • Baked14

            Boo Hoo. You sound like my little brother. Calm your ass down.

          • Calvin

            i’ve read this guy’s post for awhile and he’s a reject Baked so just ignore his degenerate and shallow attempt of trying to matter in this site.

          • Anonymous

            Boo hoo you hurt my feelings.  You must be another one of those spoiled children that seems to have infested this site as of recent.  Why don’t you go cry some more about the Bionic.

          • Anonymous

            Truth hurts buddy. Your little brother must be the brighter one in the family.

          • Adsf

            So how does buying out small developing companies out to take their ideas and then canning them because they don’t want competition sound? Please … as much as I love my OG Droid and wouldn’t trade it in for an Apple phone, this is crazy. Almost sounds like our affiliation with a company (google vs. apple) defines who we are. It’s a freakin phone and some dumb os that we can live with or without. The fact that you guys talk about it this much shows that there is some sort of interest in this person. Negative attention is still attention people. 

          • you are an idiot. apple’s marketing is destroying your life? you are mad because apple uses the legal system to prevent their intellectual property from being infringed upon? you are mad because the websites you go to write about apple? hopefully you reread all the shit that comes out of your head when you turn 18. 

          • EC8CH

            “you are mad because apple uses the legal system to prevent their intellectual property from being infringed upon?”
            ^ yes

            They are abusing a broken patent system. 

          • well vote for a candidate who shares your uninformed opinion on the patent system. 

          • EC8CH

            50000 patents to cover a single phone… yeah nothing wrong with that.

          • EC8CH

            Yep already read that.

            Not sure an *pple centric blog on the internet is the only place to research when forming an opinion on the state of the patent system.

            I tend to also rely on my own professional experience as well, and the fact is, too many overly general patent claims are approved which leads to excessive litigation.

            Thanks for the smug attitude though… wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

          • you have no professional experience on this matter, let’s be clear about that. this fact is apparent from your statements. Thisismynext.com is hardly an apple centric blog so lets get that out of the way as well. now with those two facts on the table the only logical conclusion is that you are completely talking out of your ass and therefore your opinions on this matter and all other matters will be immediately disregarded by me. thank you and have a nice day. 

          • EC8CH

            You know, your right…  I don’t know why I thought working over nine years as a design engineer in robotic machine automation has given me any first hand knowledge of the state of our patent system.  All that time I’ve spent filing for patents, responding to cease and desist letters, and researching patent claims for possible infringement really doesn’t give me anymore insight than someone who read an internet blog once.

            And if you think Topolsky and old engadget editorial staff don’t have a biased view towards *pple… then you probably also believe Fox News is “fair and balanced”.

            I used to think you were one of the smarter *pple trolls around these parts, but after this its pretty clear that any intelligence you do have is overshadowed by your arrogant prick attitude.

          • Anonymous

            You’re a perfect example of the delusional morons I’m talking about. Why don’t you go get a tattoo on your face of Apple’s logo and save it for someone who cares.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not going to insult you, like others have…but, you are way off base.  Apple innovation plays a huge role in the non-Apple branded consumer electronics that you enjoy today.  That’s reality.  Also, if you don’t want to buy from a company that has taken legal action on another company, you might as well stop buying stuff altogether.

          • Anonymous

            You don’t have all the facts, sorry.

          • like what? I can point to a lot more of iOS stealing off Android than vice versa.

          • like what? I can point to a lot more of iOS stealing off Android than vice versa.

          • like what? I can point to a lot more of iOS stealing off Android than vice versa.

        • Broken

          He led the organization that did.

          … Galaxy S II blocked in certain EU contries, that is a direct impact.

    • I completely agree. As much as some people would like to disagree, he definitely made a great impact on a lot of things we take for granted. — For people that gives Apple crap about the resent lawsuits, it’s just business; I don’t agree with it, but money makes the world go round-n-round.

  • TOOLBAGGGGG

  • Anonymous

    I know that Apple is the company we love to hate (me as much – if not more sometimes – than anyone) but he did change the game, raise the bar, etc…  That said, I think he’s dying, which is awful.  

    • I said the same thing months ago. He’s got one foot in the grave.

  • Jack Sanchez

    I declare today, August 24 a national holiday. The day Android won the battle 5 years in the making. Android has won the battle but the war is far from over.

    • Tonydspencer

      Steve Jobs stepping down IS NOT any sort of win for android. He has done far more for android than the people with rude comments on here EVER will. I don’t like or have Apple products, but the man has pushed the boundries of the tech world. I doubt we would have android if not for the likes of him. Too bad his stepping down is a result of failing health.

      • Anonymous

        Apple takes other’s ideas, claims them as their own, wraps it up in a pretty design then follows it up with extreme marketing.  Nothing they do constitutes revolutionary advances despite their proclamations to the contrary.

    • android didnt win ne battle

  • Though I’m not a big apple fan sorry to hear…..*takes moment*………ALRIIIGHT who wants to go out for drinks??

  • Mrbrooks418

    if you cant take the (Android) heat, get out of the kitchen…… LOL cant they find a better picture of that guy?

  • Mikesevenfold

    I may get heat for this but why is this on my beloved Droid Life page? I come to this site to get news and information on my favorite line of Android devices and I see this story. Don’t get me wrong, this is a huge story but you can’t tell me that DL readers don’t also get news from sites like BGR, Gizmodo, Engadget etc….

    I just don’t want to see a great site like this with its forte on Droid devices turn into every other bland tech site. Not a dig to Kellex and the crew, loved you guys since the beginning.

    • Because without Jobs your precious Android wouldn’t be here =)

      • Because you seriously think that Everyone just copies apple and not the other way around, amiright?

      • Anonymous

        “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacious argument.

  • Anonymous

    Apple will now always and forever bow down to Android users…  🙂

  • Agacom24

    definitely sad news….I have a macbook pro and I love it!  I have a D2 for my phone and I love android products.  Very sad news for the world of technology.  Your right Kellex…. whether you like Apple/Steve Jobs or not, we all must applaud him for having an awesome run of making great products.  Technology wouldn’t be the same without him in it!  Cheers Steve!

  • Hdf

    wow you people are acting real rude, its not like he did anything that bad, its just phones after all

    • Jack Sanchez

      Yea he didn’t do anything bad. He just sued every other mobile carrier and even tryed banning all Android phones in the country. But nope he didn’t do anything bad. This is the best news i heard all year.

      • Phones are more important than a human life yeaaa your real bright…probably with a lot of friends too

        • Anonymous

          He didn’t die, he’s stepping down, knee jerk it buddy.  Jobs is a douche plain and simple, has nothing to do with phones.

    • Anonymous

      He gamed the system to get a new liver, by moving to Tennessee, betting on an 80% shorter average wait than in California. That’s beyond bad imho. Although on the plus side, it brought to light the gross inequities of our nation’s organ-allocation system.

  • Anonymous

    i think it most likely has to do with steve jobs health issues. most likely setting up a successor in advance, rather than being current ceo and suddenly hit with health related problems causing apple stocks to take a bigger hit.

  • Superglen99

    The flood of Android phones must have been too much for him…

  • crypt92

    yawn*

  • To everyone hating on Jobs…. you can pretty much guarantee that Android wouldn’t be what it is without the iPhone coming first.

    • Anonymous

      No, you can’t guarantee anything.

      • James_Ever

        Exactly, how are you to know that Android would not have come to be whether Apple existed or not.

        • idontdroid

          Uh… as much as I have everything i and Apple. You can see the prototypes were set to take on Blackberry who was king of the market. Apple announces the iPhone, with than Google CEO there and on board of directors for Apple. They scrapped the original plans and went after the iPhone before it could take the Blackberry spot. It was a brilliant move, very brilliant move. They foresaw what the iPhone could become and outdone it in every way possible and pissed the hell out of Steve Jobs.

      • droidd

        Yes, I can guarantee that there wasn’t a smartphone with an interface as beautiful, intuitive, easy-to-use, and consumer-focused as the iPhone prior to 2007.

  • EC8CH

    Steve… you are my evil nemesis… and I’m sad to see you go.

  • Steve really did bring out the best in smart phones.  Without him I don’t think we would have Android, or at least it wouldn’t be what it is today.

  • Anonymous

    Wow IDK whats a bigger shocker Google buying Moto or This??

    • EC8CH

      This isn’t a shocker

      • Yeah, he’s been in and out of bad health with multiple leaves of absence. Could be a health-related decision.

    • this is a big shock much bigger then google SMH

  • Anonymous

    So, now Apple can get Flash on their iPhone’s…

      • idontdroid

        From your link “Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began
        with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete
        open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web
        browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google
        uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM
        (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every
         smartphone
        web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit
        technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.”

        Does that me I have to Thank Apple?

        • Anonymous

          That article was written by Steve Jobs. It’s a known fact that Steve Jobs didn’t want Flash on iPhone’s, and that’s why I posted what I did…

      • idontdroid

        From your link “Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began
        with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete
        open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web
        browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google
        uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM
        (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every
         smartphone
        web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit
        technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.”

        Does that me I have to Thank Apple?

  • Dman27

    EVERYONE FLOOD THE STREETS!!! LETS PARTY LIKE ITS 1999!!!

    • Adam Elghor

      …..dick

      • Anonymous

        lolumad?

        • tell us more about android’s native apps written in objective c. 

  • Captainron80

    Holy Apple what Batman!

  • droidlvr

    android will now take over

    • Michael Scrip

      Android has already taken over.

      And you didn’t even notice…

  • I’ll copy-paste what a friend of mine said: “God Speed Steve. You leave an empire built around a tightly controlled
    system of fantastic user exp focused products. Mixed emotions”

  • Guest

    Good riddance. &&&& Apple! it’s all about Android!

    • i dont think it is all about android apple will still be at the tip top of its game evan tho steve jobs stepped down

  • Anonymous

    Like they say at the university of Alabama “Go Bama, Roll Tide”  “GO ANDROID, ROLL GOOGLE”!!!!!!!!!

  • This changes everything.

  • James_Ever

    Should I be sad for the fanboys or laughing. I pick option 2.

    • babadush

      Option 3. Don’t be an inconsiderate dick

      • Anonymous

        Considering what a dick Jobs and Apple have and continue to be why should we feel anything less than contempt for them.

      • James_Ever

        How about you consider this, I never relayed anything about Steve Jobs or his health, I talked about those followers of his that bash all things Android and that do nothing but constantly defend some of the nefarious actions that he’s done that. So you stop being a prick.

  • Rob Meyer

    But CAN IT READ?!

  • Wipe your mouth off DL. He has stolen many ideas including the mouse from Xerox.

    • Anonymous

      xerox laughed at a gui, and mouse too

      • They didn’t laugh at a mouse, they invented and used it. Baldy stole it.

  • Anonymous

    every android fan’s dream has come true

    • yeah too bad johnny ives designs all of the products and tim cooke runs the business. been this way for a few years now.

    • Go to hell, you sick bastard,

    • Go to hell, you sick bastard,

      • Anonymous

        stfu

        • DBo

          He resigned because he is dying (sadly)…

          • Anonymous

            “Everybody dies…but not everybody lives!” Nikki Minage 🙂

          • Anonymous

            That hasn’t been proven. 

            And who knows. 
            Maybe HTC is getting near to winning that Apple lawsuit banning devices in america. 
            Or maybe the iPhone 5 is not as great as it should be and he’s running. 

            I doubt both of these but there are endless possibilities. 

          • Anonymous

            Possibly but like Lion said, everybody dies eventually.  Jobs is a douche, you won’t see me crying at his funeral.

          • Just like you won’t find me crying on yours either.

          • Anonymous

            Oh another douche doesn’t care about me, I weep.

          • droidd

            You may have had a few good points on these comments, and that can be respected in a constructive argument about something, but your tone has been incredibly rude, distasteful, and disrespectful, especially on a post about a sick and dying person. There’s more to life than smartphones.

          • Anonymous

            There’s more to life than making money but Steve would rather be a dick and screw other people over for lots more of it.

            I’m disrespectful for a reason, I have no tolerance for stupidity, fanboyism or FUD.

          • New_Guy

            Thank you… As a humongous Droid fan, I still have to say that we should have a little tact people. I hate to say it but there is no greater driving force for Android than is our competition with Jobs. Every Batman needs a Joker.

  • iQuit

    • babadush

      +1

    • I’m so stealing this quote. You made my day.
      Sad day for tech, though.  Like it or not, the guy is a genius.

    • Jeremy Cope

      Stolen  quote lol…hope u dont mind

    • Marvinaire

      shhhh. you might get sued!

    • Henry Evetts

      I am also stealing your quote. I greatly appreciate the Facebook likes you are giving me

    • Henry Evetts

      I am also stealing your quote. I greatly appreciate the Facebook likes you are giving me

      • Ryan_long117

        too bad, I already patented it

    • Screw you I patented that! SUE!

      -Steve

    • Screw you I patented that! SUE!

      -Steve

    • iSteal