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Steve Jobs Resigns from Apple

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It was announced in a public statement Wednesday that Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO of Apple after 14 years at the helm of the company.  It’s been slated by Apple’s board of directors that Tim Cook, previously the company’s chief operating officer, is to replace Jobs as Apple’s CEO and as a member of the board, which is to be effective immediately.

“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 Apple director and Genentech chairman Art Levinson, in the statement.

Levinson goes on to state that Jobs has made countless contributions to Apple’s success and that “Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration” in his new role as chairman of the board.

Job found the company in April 1, 1976 along with co-founders Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.  Wayne left shortly after, but Jobs and Wozniak went on to help usher in the personal computing revolution.  Their innovative PCs were among the first to use graphical user interfaces, which helped them knock competitors such as IBM from its perch as the dominant PC vendor.

Jobs resigned from Apple in 1984, and later became founder to NeXT, a computer platform developer.  He returned to Apple in 1996 when NeXt was bought out by the company, and was named interim CEO in 1997, later on becoming permanent CEO in 2000.

Jobs’ second stint at Apple seemed to have superseded his first in regards to success.  Jobs rescued Apple from irrelevance by attaching the letter “i” as a calling card – the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad – even going on to refer himself as Apple’s “iCEO” in 2000, reports PCMag.

But in recent years, it appears Jobs’ health has taken a turn.  In the mid-2000s, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He underwent a liver transplant in 2009, and in the ensuing years, Jobs had ceded much of his duties at running Apple to Cook.

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2 Comments

  1. Brandt Hardin

    August 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Jobs is done but left his mark on every corner of wireless technology. It only leaves us asking who won the war between the two titans of modern computer technology? Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates / Apple vs. Microsoft– check out my rendering of an epic match-up of their cyborg selves on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/08/end-of-era-steve-jobs.html

  2. jedics

    August 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    ha, who won the war? Thats funny for so many reasons, if you go by who won the money war then Gates (at least for now) but if you go by who brought innovation to a mainstream market in the form of making computers not a pain in the ass to use then Jobs of course.

    Cant say Im suprised with this announcement as some of apples choices already seem un Jobs like, No more FCP support WTF? They just alienated the a huge sector of the video editing industry, some of the few ppl willing to pay stupid money for their over priced towers, a poor choice in anyones books.

    Apple seems to be moving away from the pro market to the consumer market because thats where the money is, ‘Lion’ …….need I say anymore!

    hopefully operating systems will become ubiquitous on all hardware and it just wont matter in the near future.

    Thank you steve, you made computers more than just a frustrating necessity for so many!

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