Title says it all. More to come. For now, the letter from Steve Jobs himself:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Update: Apple has confirmed that Apple COO Tim Cook will replace Jobs as CEO (http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/24/apples-coo-tim-cook-replaces-steve-jobs-as-ceo/), following Jobs’ own recommendation. Considering that Cook has filled in for Jobs in the times of his medical leaves (including the one he has been on this year), this has been widely expected (http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-apple-tim-cook-2011/) if and when it came time for Jobs to step down.
Also as requested, Jobs has been elected as Chairman of the Board and will remain with the company in that capacity. Cook will join the Board as well.
Oh wow I knew he was gonna resign but not this soon.
And Apple fanboys everywhere cried.
And Apple fanboys everywhere cried.
Well I am sure he is doing this because his health must have taken a turn for the worse.
Well I am sure he is doing this because his health must have taken a turn for the worse.
Oh I know that and I hope he makes a full recovery, I honestly do. But the carry on by some idiots about this is rediculous.
On the other side of the 'fanboys' you got the ones who hate on the company for whatever stupid reason they have. Both as pathetic as one another I'd say. The resignation is big news for the whole of the tech world, it goes beyond fanboys and petulant man babies who take every opportunity to have a swipe at those who like their products :rolleyes:
curious to see where apple goes from here
First off, there is an Apple thread it would be easier if Apple related topics we're discussed there so one doesn't have to post things in two places.
That said, I complied a 10,00 word post with links and thoughts on those articles. I'll re-post it here since it took sometime to make that post so why not use it twice.
This is going to be a long post with a lot of quotes from a ton of stories, so bear with me.
Most importantly from Bloomberg on his health:
Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO
The day of the announcement, Jobs was in Apple’s Cupertino, California office for the entire work day, and he attended a regularly scheduled board meeting, according to a person close to Jobs, who was not authorized to speak about the executive’s health. While Jobs has been housebound for the last few weeks and his condition is weak, the resignation was not indicative of a sudden worsening, this person said.
In the end, all that matters is his health the rest is secondary.
But here is secondary cover
Essay: Jobs’s Departure as CEO of Apple Is the End of an Extraordinary Era
Extremely well-informed sources at Apple say he intends to remain involved in developing major future products and strategy and intends to be an active chairman of the board, even while new CEO Tim Cook runs the company day to day.
All Things D (http://allthingsd.com/20110824/jobs-leave-a-legacy-of-changed-industries/)
This is more or less like it has been for quite sometime.
Art Levinson in a statemenet on behalf of the board
Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company. Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.
John Gruber has a very nice piece on the news:
Apple’s products are replete with Apple-like features and details, embedded in Apple-like apps, running on Apple-like devices, which come packaged in Apple-like boxes, are promoted in Apple-like ads, and sold in Apple-like stores. The company is a fractal design. Simplicity, elegance, beauty, cleverness, humility. Directness. Truth. Zoom out enough and you can see that the same things that define Apple’s products apply to Apple as a whole. The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”
Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.
Daring Fireball (http://daringfireball.net/2011/08/resigned)
Google's Vic Gundotra shares his Steve Jobs story which you can't quote just a portion of
One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.
After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.
Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.
"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".
Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".
I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?
"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.
"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"
Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.
Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.
But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.
To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.
Marco Arment speaking for all of us
Steve Jobs resigns as CEO, stays as Chairman
I think it’s premature to say goodbye. This change effectively makes Steve’s medical leave permanent: while I don’t know the details of his situation, I don’t think it would be unreasonable to guess that he’ll probably be about as involved in the company’s decision-making as he’s been for the last few months.
Regardless, it’s rarely a bad idea to tell someone how much you appreciate their work, even if it’s not yet finished.
Steve, if for some crazy reason you’re reading this:
You’ve defined a generation and changed the world.
We wish you the best.
Andy Ihnatko as always delieveres excellent writting
Steve Jobs’ resignation unlikely to change Apple in near future
What Apple loses in its second post-Jobs era is the energizing and driving force who instinctively knew the story Apple was meant to tell with its products, and aimed Apple’s people and resources at clear targets. He wasn’t the engineer who would come up with the idea for a new generation of multitouch tablets and phones. He was the executive who heard that idea, could identify it as the next logical step — not just for Apple, but for technology in general — and could mobilize 13,000 employees into thinking that the iPad was the most important thing that they, personally, would ever build.
Jobs was right with the Apple II, he was right with the Macintosh, he was right with NeXT, he was right with the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
It’s a loss, but Apple has formed a successful culture of people who think a certain way. Further, it’s unusual for a company of Apple’s size to be so cohesive. The company behaves as though their one product is “everything with our logo on it” and there’s no chance of Apple shaking itself apart during the transition.
Chicago Sun Times (http://www.suntimes.com/technology/ihnatko/7262635-417/steve-goes-but-apple-goes-on.html)
Jason Snell for Macworld
Life after Jobs: Why Apple isn't doomed
But the most important thing about what Steve Jobs has done in the past 14 years at Apple is this: It’s not all about Steve Jobs. Jobs has built this company in his own image. The executives are people who he trusts, people who have worked with him closely and understand his product philosophy. The creation of Apple University is an attempt to codify what we might as well call the Apple Way, which is essentially the Steve Jobs-driven product and business philosophy that has shaped today’s Apple.
So can someone at this modern, Jobs-constructed Apple take Steve’s place? Of course not. He is irreplaceable, at least by a single person. There’s a reason why Steve Jobs is probably going to go down in history as one of the titans of American business: he’s a rare talent. People like Jobs don’t show up that often.
Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/161941/2011/08/life_after_jobs_why_apple_isnt_doomed.html#lsrc.rs s_main)
Apple turns to Tim Cook to replace Steve Jobs
Apple's newest CEO has a tough act to follow. But in turning to chief operating officer Tim Cook to replace Steve Jobs in the wake of the latter’s resignation Wednesday, Apple's board of directors has chosen a familiar face with a proven track record with the company.
Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/161929/2011/08/apple_turns_to_tim_cook_to_replace_steve_jobs.html #lsrc.rss_main)
Jim Dalrymple with the last cover on this from me
Here’s to the crazy ones
Think Different (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_Different)
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent.
They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
The Loopinsight (http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/08/24/here’s-to-the-crazy-ones/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+loopinsight%2FKqJb+%28The+Loo p%29)
Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/08/24/steve-jobss-best-quotes/)
Finally, my favorite Steve Jobs moment:
Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOa5SwSyyHk
Here's to the crazy ones, indeed.
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