Steve Jobs quits Apple

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Apple founder and acting CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his position, naming Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook as his successor.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a white iPhone 4 (image: Matt Yohe)

Jobs has been ill for some time, but didn’t specifically mention it in his resignation letter, and just hinted at it to the Apple board late on Wednesday.  “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 stated in his letter.

Jobs went on to further say that he would like to remain an employee of Apple, and also serve as a director. “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,” he stated in the letter.

“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.”


Jobs underwent a liver transplant in 2009, and while he was recovering, Cook took over the day-by-day duties.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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