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Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple Inc.

August 25, 2011

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.

Steve

There are so many good commentaries around the web today that can do a far better job putting this into words than I can.

DaringFireball

TechCrunch

Engadget

…and so many more. 

We have Steve Jobs to thank for the state of technology in this world. Without his dedication to perfecting his own dreams of ease of use and functionality the ladscape would be very different. J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon, and John D. Rockefeller were captains of their respective industry but Jobs was able to completely change the personal computer industry, the music industry and the mobile phone industry.

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