Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

By Pete Haas 2011-08-24 18:24:47 discussion comments
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Many gaming sites, us included, don't really give Macs the coverage they deserve. Some stories, however, are too big to ignore. Today Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that he's stepping down from the company.

Job announced his resignation in a letter 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

Jobs founded Apple in 1976. He resigned in 1985 after a power struggle with then-CEO John Sculley but returned to the company in 1996. As CEO, Jobs was responsible for returning the company to prominence. The turn of the 21st century saw Apple branch into handheld devices, first creating the iPod music player and then the iPhone cellular phone.

The iPhone has flourished as a gaming platform, with users picking up bite-sized, cheap games in record numbers. For example, Angry Birds has sold 12 million copies through the App Store. The iPhone has now sold over 100 million units worldwide. The sheer amount of iPhone users makes Apple a force to be reckoned with in the portable gaming market - not to mention telecommunications and music.

The sales of the iPod and iPhone have, in turn, led consumers to Apple personal computers. Macintosh computers have been steadily gaining market share in recent years. A nice side-effect of this is that game developers find it harder to ignore the Mac. Some of the biggest PC gaming franchises in existence, such as The Sims and World of Warcraft, also support the Mac. The leading digital games retailer, Steam, supports cross-platform play between PC and Mac users on select games.

"Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. "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."
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