Turning on my iPad this morning and delving into Twitter I was confronted by a stream of updates all hailing the same iNews: ‘Steve Jobs steps down as CEO’. Although not unexpected it’s a shock none the less, especially with the new iPhone around the corner.
I am also amazed and awed that Steve Jobs continued to serve as Apple CEO for as long as he did due to the fact he is extremely ill. His passion and commitment have driven him forward, but a time comes when other factors take precedence.
Steve Jobs statement reads:
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.
There has always been an underlying worry from both Apple consumers and investors as to what would happen once Steve Jobs steps down, a fear shown as Apple stock fell by 7% yesterday. The concern is that without Steve Jobs at the helm the quality and innovation Apple are regarded for will leave with him. Remember, this is the man who transformed Apple into a company that is now richer than the USA, provided the world with a usable OS, and gave us the iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes plus the App Store all of which revolutionised not just technological hardware but the marketplace and how people use and interact with technology on a daily basis.
Personally, I’ve become weary of Apple and as readers may know I’m defecting to Google and Android later this year. That said, I love and adore Apple and could never revert back to my old Windows ways. But maybe this is a fitting time for Steve Jobs to stand down, not only for health reasons but Apple has possibly become a victim of it’s own infamy.
Thank you Steve Jobs. You have given the technical world so much. Apple Fanboys and Fangirls the world over salute you.