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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.

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  • http://mejorapp.com Ginger

    Will miss you Jobs!

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/PainProphet TeHJones

    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 $.

  • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

    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…

    • http://www.facebook.com/JoeyJames91 Josiah Bennett

      Yeah….It’s amazing, completely agree!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    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…

  • http://www.facebook.com/cgrame Christopher Michael

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Bernard/100001785826703 Jeff Bernard

      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
    :P

    • 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoeyJames91 Josiah Bennett

    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.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JoeyJames91 Josiah Bennett

        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.

          • http://www.facebook.com/JoeyJames91 Josiah Bennett

            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.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

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

  • Mr.Joe

    I hope this means he dies soon.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      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…