Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned effective immediately. Jobs founded Apple over thirty-years ago and turned the company from a rebellion of computing to an empire that dominates trend and the market. Apple's products, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod have all been popular products on Long Island, as well as the world. Consumers both local and abroad, as well as Apple enthusiasts are sure to be saddened by this news.
“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,” Jobs said in a press release.
Jobs is clearly indicating he is no longer fit to serve as CEO, and it is most likely due to his health. Jobs appeared in poor health at this year’s WWDC, with many spectators remarking how poor he looked.
“I hereby resign as CEO of Apple,” said Jobs. “I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”
So while Jobs is out as leader of Apple, he will still maintain some involvement in the company. Jobs also made it a point to state who he wanted to succeed him. “As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple,” Jobs said.
It is indeed the end of an era at Apple, and it will be interesting to see how the company can survive in the post-Jobs era. Jobs was previously forced out of Apple in the 1990s which led to the company’s darkest days. While current COO Tim Cook is viewed as a capable successor, it will be even more interesting to see the impact of Cook’s leadership in the longterm, once the final ideas of the Steve Jobs pipeline have run out.