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Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO, wants to remain Chairman

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Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO, wants to remain Chairman
In a resignation letter hinting of health issues, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded. In the letter to "Apple's Board of Directors and the Apple Community", Jobs wrote:

"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"


Steve Jobs resignation news coverage:


Two years ago, as we reported, Jobs had stepped down for 6 months while undergoing a liver transplant and was replaced by Cook. Earlier, Jobs had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After the news broke, Apple's stock dropped 5% in after-hours trading.

source: Apple via electronista

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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:47 38

1. Peter croson (unregistered)


Sad even for me as a android fanboy he helped recreate the smartphone.

Also First!!!!!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:48 9

2. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, i hope its not because of his health. dying of cancer is not something u should wish on anyone.

as for news of his departure.. dont let the door hit you where the good lord split you

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:55 21

7. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


You gotta give it to the man... without his vision, you probably wouldn't even be reading this site. And before you go bashing, I'm not saying he invented cell phones. But he did provide us with amazing products that pushed other great minds to innovate technology even more and step up there game to get to where we are today.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:14 5

18. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


he disrupted a stale cellphone industry, sure. but apple innovation ended after they added 3g to the iphone.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:28 11

26. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Stop hating on jobs. He has done some extordoniary things.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 16:48

70. daveywavey (unregistered)


The innovation that steve jobs displayed was not primarily in the arena of technological ingenuity; he changed the way people related to technology, the expectations they have about the way a piece of technology should function, and the interfaces users expect when interacting with technology. Whether the innovation stopped with 3G or not, he certainly was a master at creating a user experience that had never been had before. Technology no longer had to be ENJOYABLE only by those who understood it. And FYI, I'm an Android user so keep the Fanboy comments to yourself.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:14 15

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5867; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+1. Like Steve Jobs or not, he did create a market that in his absence, would probably still be stumbling around with Nokia, Palm and RIM fighting it out.

I wish Steve Jobs the best of luck with his medical issues.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:41 6

32. cheetah2k (Posts: 837; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I understand why Apple could be called a company with Vision, but calling Jobs the "man with vision" is a bit over-rated. You have to remember there were probably thousands of people including designers, engineers, technicians and administration staff working towards innovating technology.

Not one "man" can be the centre of all that is Apple.

The only man that ever was the epicentre of anything great was Jesus, and he too died well before his time.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:47 3

43. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@cheetah. Why would it be overrated? Jobs was responsible in putting Apple where it's at now. It was his LEADERSHIP that placed Apple on top. Yes, there are thousands of engineers and admin staff working for him, but it was through his leadership that Apple became successful.

Btw, Jesus died at His appointed time, not before His time.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:09 2

53. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


considering Jobs was a notorious nitpicker for minute detail, its actually safe to say that he is the "man with the vision". Apple failed when he left the first time and he brought it from the brink to the top of the money pile. Thats why everyone is worried about him releasing the reins again. Thats why he set up a school to teach people to "think like jobs" (we call that izombie camp lol).

love the man or hate him, steve jobs IS apple.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 10:18 1

59. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I'll pay my respects to dude when he passes.

For now, I wish him well on his personal battle.

I give the man credit for being a visionary and making Apple what it became.

But now, they are a bunch of cowards who claim they invented everything related to technology and the cellular phone.

It's a real shame.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 10:49 1

62. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


While I don't hide my extreme dislike for Apple, Steve Jobs and their style of doing business. I will say the man was a great innovator in the advancement of the the PC, but to say he was an innovator in the cellular phone, no way.
Those of us that have been around long enough to have owned cellular phone that were more walkie-talkie than phone, know. Taking the innovation of others and refining it doesn't make you an innovator, it makes you a..a..a well let's leave this polite.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:04

63. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nice to see I'm not the only one that sees it this way.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:46

66. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


so right

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:49 17

3. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Some may hate on him, some may worship him, but everyone will remember him. Everyone should pay their respects to this guy. He's created some of the world's most innovative products and all of this competition we love (android, wp7, webOS, etc.) would be nothing without him. Great job Jobs. You will be missed.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:51 16

5. Bashok (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


Steve who? I forgot already...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:57 10

8. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


lay off the crack, bro.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:36 4

29. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


thumbs up man I hate on him mostly but we owe him a lot of respect.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 21:29 6

35. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Steve Jobs is the greatest thing to happen to the tech world. He has led Apple to the biggest company ever. Steve Jobs is living gold. Steve Jobs will get better than ever. Steve Jobs is the greatest.

All of you need to stop with the crappy bashing and pay your respects.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:14 2

38. snowgator (Posts: 3240; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Agree. Often poke fun at you, but if people cannot see past the phone preferences and legal differences to the influence that one man had on a worldwide industry, than they are being way to narrow minded. Anyone who has made their life easier and more entertaining with a smart phone or a tablet should at least give respect where it is due. Hope he is well. (Just saw on the news ticker he has been elected Chairman, as if that was ever in doubt.) Mighty big shoes to fill at Apple.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 10:21 1

60. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The whole "seeing beyond" thing is out the door.

If Apple keeps it up, the legacy of Jobs will be forgotten, and it will look like IBM and the PC all over again, and how Apple just couldn't get it right.

(The difference now is, instead of being idle like they were in the 80's, they have to sue everyone on questionable basises)

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:40 2

64. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


OMG this comments makes me imagine you kissing his feet and bowing to him!!! dang you are a very loyal isheep..

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:50 3

4. Mudhi (unregistered)


am i first?

too bad for apple. love hi or hate him, its because of jobs that the smartphone industry is at its current level of competition.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:54 8

6. Pete11261 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


This is extremely sad, and I can already see the negative, disrespectful comments. If you are going to say something stupid, just keep it to yourself.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:57 7

9. Henrick (unregistered)


Finally the Dictator of child labor and overpriced products has fallen.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:05 12

13. Pete11261 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I'd like to see how you'd feel if someone was making fun of your mom dying of pancreatic cancer.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:55 1

40. Ben Hammond (unregistered)


I'm not Machead (I use android and pc), but tons of tech companies use the manufacturing "city" in China that much of mac stuff is made at. And that place tends to be "less bad" than tons of other places.

Essentially, if you use a mobile phone, period, you are participating in "blood minerals." We all are.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:01 6

10. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Finally! NO more banned Android phones and Tablets because they look "alike". Guess he couldnt take competition. Although he did create the iPhone and the iPod, and the iMac, he didnt need to b!tch about it trying to eliminate competition by sueing (correct me for my spelling) for products that dont even look alike.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:13 2

37. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


troll?

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:02 3

11. iPhanBoy (unregistered)


Oh my god! God died!!!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:02 5

12. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


cApple Empire begins to crumble..........NOW!!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:07 13

15. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Not even... You think 1 guy is the only reason for Apple's success over the years?

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:16 9

20. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea actually. when he left the first time apple was riding high.. then without him it fell appart and nearly went bankrupt. Jobs came back and saved the company (and sold a third of it to MS for capital) bringing it to its huge current status.

I hate the man, the company, its viewpoints and all apple products, but from a pure business standpoint hes someone to be admired.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:32 1

27. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Err i agree with you he did alot but apple still will be apple.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:12 3

54. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


time will tell.. but if history is a precedent.. apple may be in for some turbulence.

the great thing about one man being so involved the way Jobs was, is that he was on top of every little detail to make sure its right.. the bad thing about it is when he leaves, there are going to have to be multiple people to replace him, some of which may "share" his vision, but dont "have" his vision.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:33 2

28. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


My bad, I forgot apple was a one man company.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:06 3

14. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


Steve may step down as CEO but he's still going to be involved with Apple products and services.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:08 4

16. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


Maybe he will buy WEB OS from HP and start something new. lol

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:10 4

17. frustyak (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Good luck and best wishes to Steve as he moves on with the next chapter in his life.
Pancreatic cancer is a vicious killer, my thoughts and prayers go out to him...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:18 2

21. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


No matter how MUCH you HATE Apple, Steve still innovated the consumer electronics space so much we would not be at where we are today. The way we interact with our devices would be different. This isn't about Apple, this is an icon leaving the industry.
Cancer is nothing to play around with. i truly hope he is ok. or gets better.
Android Fanboy here. Never been a big fan of the Iphone. But i Love my Macbook Pro.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:20 2

22. rbyham (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Things like this remind me what really matters. At the end of the day it ain't about phones, companies, or business success/failure. A fellow human faces a life threatening medical crisis... everything else is mirage... Steve you are in my prayers...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:20 2

23. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


For every successful man lies a pack of haters. I love my android phone but even I don't have the malevolence to wish death on someone. You people are evil lol. I mean to not like the guy is one thing but some of you are taking it a little too far.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:25 2

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


He has done a great job. Now its time for him to passage the flag to the new generations we may never seen someone like him again. Hope the person that replaces him understands that. No one should be asked to wear jobs shoes as one might fall , but get new shoes to walk alongside with the times. One thing I would like the CEO to copy from jobs it's being true to themselves as we don't need another Steve but someone who will make him proud

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:27 3

25. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6584; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Steve Jobs needs to take care of his health more than just being a CEO truly great guy.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:37 6

30. xmguy11 (unregistered)


Jobs is a legend. Not just for pioneering personal computers. But for being the driving force behind the modern Smartphone. I don't even like Apple products. I have an Android phone. I see what the man has done. I like others hope he's not stepping down because of health reasons.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:39 3

31. htc (unregistered)


I don't really like apple too but jobs deserves respect

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 20:56 2

33. Goldeneye (Posts: 355; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


He will be in the modern history for a very long time, he is one of the most important people in the tech industry period

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 21:08 1

34. ken (unregistered)


One of his biggest blunders : itune....I seriously hope itune will go away as he steps down. He is one extraordinary man afterall, Good luck Steve.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:12 3

36. Sniggly (Posts: 7119; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The man deserves recognition for being an extraordinary businessman. Beyond that though, there are others deserving of just as much as if not greater respect.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 22:36 3

39. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


Why respect a man because he is "dying" if you had rspect for him before great if you didn't no big deal but don't change your stance just because he is ill. Apple can not be complimented for revolutionizing the industry when they are currently trying to take it down. In fact they have done more harm to the industry than help. They have created an army of customers that have no idea the capabilities of a smartphone. And have taken such a large share of the profits they have put many other companies out of business. They don't care about the consumer only their bottom line.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 10:26 2

61. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Preach on, brother!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:41 1

41. htc (unregistered)


There's one more thing job have to do now set up fundings to help people like Bill gates did ....I mean us consumers gave a lot to Apple ,they should do something now that US is in such financial crisis

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:47

42. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I can see a green robot, with a crown and a throne in the future. Specially after SJ news today and Google buying Motorola, RIM performing poorly and Web OS being canceled. Even if Mango turns out to be great (and I think it will) it will take a lot of resources to slow down the momentum Android has right now.

Hate rush in 1,2,3,4....5

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 05:27 1

50. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


bada will bring down Androids market share to 30 % by 2015, so don't get to exited.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:12 3

55. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ahahahahahahhahahahahahahahah


thanks peter.. i needed a good laugh this morning. :)

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:50

69. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I award you with 253 internets for making me laugh

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:49 1

44. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Again, it's amazing to see android fans in here. Haters will hate.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:13 3

56. remixfa (Posts: 13938; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dont see too much hating going on in here. most people seem to be pretty respectful.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 23:57 2

45. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well, I hope his health takes a turn for the better. No matter how any of us may feel about the company, Steve Jobs is a visionary. Without him who knows where technology would technology would be right now. Keep fighting Steve!

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 00:58 1

47. htc (unregistered)


I hope he get well too. But no there would still be smartphones even without him...

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