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

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 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



1. Peter croson unregistered

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

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

7. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

26. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

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.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

43. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

59. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

62. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

63. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

66. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

so right

3. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

5. Bashok

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2010

Steve who? I forgot already...

8. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

lay off the crack, bro.

29. biscutbob

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

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

35. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

38. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

60. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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)


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

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.

6. Pete11261

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

9. Henrick unregistered

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

13. Pete11261

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

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.

10. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

37. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009


11. iPhanBoy unregistered

Oh my god! God died!!!

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