News: Apple’s Steve Jobs resigns as CEO

This is freaking huge news. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has resigned. The brief statement is here. Tim Cook, who has been acting CEO in Jobs’ absence, is due to replace him.

Jobs has been on sick leave for many months now and has looked frail at recent press events, so this is not entirely unexpected, but this is still huge news.

Steve Jobs formed Apple Computers in the late 70s with Steve Wozniak. Forced out of the company in 1984, he made his triumphant return in 1997, with Apple on the verge of collapse. Since then he and the company have had an unprecedented run of success, introducing a series of devices that helped shape the tech world starting with the iPod in 2001. In 2007 he oversaw the release of the iPhone, and 2010 the iPad. These devices have helped push Apple to the biggest company in the world, briefly surpassing Exxon, just this month.

The iPhone 5 is widely expected to be released in September. It’ll be interesting to see if Jobs makes any appearance at the announcement. It also leaves many questions as to if Apple can survive post-Jobs, his personality being a very powerful shaping force on the company. These questions are for a later date. Here’s wishing Steve well and our thanks. Love him or loathe him, you cannot deny that he hasn’t helped shaped the tech world for the better.

Source: TechCrunch

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