Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO Of Apple [Updated]

In a shock

announcement, Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO and Tim Cook

will take over his role.

Last January Steve

Jobs took a leave of absence on health grounds but the announcement tonight comes as a

shock, considering he had been seen on stage as recently as the launch of iOS 5 and Apple’s first foray into the Cloud in June.

Steve Jobs Resigns

In a letter,

Jobs said:

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

In a press release from the Cupertino based company, it

said: “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 Jobs Resigns Tim Cook

Tim Cook and Steve Jobs on stage together

Apple’s Board of Directors named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s

Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Steve Jobs will remain on at

Apple as Chairman of the Board.

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right

person to be our next CEO. Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked

by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound

judgment in everything he does,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech,

on behalf of Apple’s Board.

 This news will be a surprise for all Apple watchers and the repercussions of the loss of Jobs

as CEO will only be truly felt in the weeks, months and years to come.

Let us know in

the comments what you think of the news that Jobs has resigned as CEO of the company he helped rebuild having first created it in his garage.

Update: Ars Technica has managed to get a hold of Tim Cook’s first email to Apple staff.

In it Cook claims nothing will change at Apple and that “it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for

over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.”

He goes on to say: “I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values.”

Source: Apple 1, 2

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