Apple’s Steve Jobs has been on medical leave from the company for some time, although he has presented important events like the launch of the iPad 2, and now Apple has announced that Steve Jobs will step down as CEO of Apple.
Steve Jobs will stay on at Apple in the roll of Chairman, his successor will be Tim Cook, who was Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, and Steve Jobs released the following statement about his resignation.
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.
It will be interesting to see how Apple will be able to perform without Steve Jobs as CEO, although we suspect with his roll of Chairman he will still have some influence over the development of new products.