As you can imagine, it came as a surprise to all of us when Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple this afternoon. Sure, we all knew that he has been battling health problems, but we figured he’d at least stick around as CEO for the company’s upcoming announcement this Fall.

While we don’t know if Steve will grace the stage this Fall to unveil the iPhone 5, we do know that the impact he left on the technology space will be felt for decades. We’ve collected some of the best responses to Steve Jobs’ departure from around the internet…

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has perhaps the best reaction piece:

“Apple’s products are replete with Apple-like features and details, embedded in Apple-like apps, running on Apple-like devices, which come packaged in Apple-like boxes, are promoted in Apple-like ads, and sold in Apple-like stores. The company is a fractal design. Simplicity, elegance, beauty, cleverness, humility. Directness. Truth. Zoom out enough and you can see that the same things that define Apple’s products apply to Apple as a whole. The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”

Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.”

Om Malik of GigaOm:

“Today, we are living in a world that is about taking short term decisions — CEOs that pray to at the altar of the devil called quarterly earnings, companies that react to rivals, politicians who are only worried about the coming election cycle and leaders who are in for the near term gain.

And then there is Steve and Apple — a leader and a company not afraid to take the long view, patiently building its way to the future it envisions for itself. Not afraid to invent the future and being wrong. And almost always willing to do one small thing — cannibalize itself. Under Steve, Apple was happy to see iPhone kill the iPod and iPad kill the Macbook. He understands, you don’t walk into the future by looking back — if you do, you trip over yourself and break your nose.”

Leander Kahney of Cult of Mac:

“The way he did it was pretty brutal. Perhaps he should have called a press conference, or announced it at one of his special product announcements. Instead, he sent out a short, cryptic press release. It explains little, and leaves a lot to the imagination. Of course he’s too sick to continue working. That’s all he does — work. If he’s stepping down, his fragile health must be declining. It’s a sad day. The press release is totally in character, of course, but still pretty brutal and impersonal. Especially for his fans.”

Part of Jim Dairymple’s brilliant piece on The Loop:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the squareholes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent.

They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.”

Walt Mossberg for The Wall Street Journal:

“Steve Jobs’ resignation as chief executive officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general. Jobs is a historic business figure whose impact was deeply felt far beyond the company’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, and who was widely emulated at other companies.

And now, for the first time since 1997, he won’t be the company’s chief executive.”

How do you feel about Steve Jobs no longer being the CEO of Apple? Does it change your perception of the company?

  • Steve Jobs’ e-mail: sjobs@apple.com Send all your best wishes there for him. Also, long live Steve Jobs!

  • Jesus

    As far as we know, the IPhone 5 and the iPad 3 are still going to have steve’s touch… And we are sure they’ll be great products, we just have to wait for the iPhone 6 and the iPad 4 that are going to have much less Steve in them to see how the company is going to work after Steve!
    I just wish he was immortal so he didn’t have to leave! /:

  • chingiz

    steve jobs has just been deleted from the wolrds largest iphone 🙁

  • Steve

    I am really sad to hear this. But I feel for the guy. The fact that he doesn’t feel like he can contribute a 100% to the projects must have an impact on his judgment regarding designs and plans for the future. I feel he knows this to be true, which is why I completely understand his decision. Thanks for everything Steve.

  • crazyyyishhh

    Or maybe hes leaving because the iPhone 5 is complete garbage and he doesn’t want to get a bad name for himself.

    • Techno709

      how bout suck a dick?

      • James

        Fanboy alert.

      • Techno709

        rofl im no fanboy im just telling this guy to suck a dick just for fun

  • Crazyglues

    Steve Jobs will be Missed more then any words can say… God Bless I feel like I grew up with Steve Jobs changing the world one computer at a time.. -and It was Amazing and one hell of a ride, wasn’t it- Steve Jobs will be missed but he will Never be forgotten…

    “Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.” – I like that statement…

  • Wikk

    Yea this changes everything … I’m not getting an iPhone 5 . Pointless now. Steve jobs ….. One more thing ….. At the conference = (

  • Bindet Singh

    You needm’t worry. Apple have designed a Steve Jobs clone. The iJobs has only a fraction of the functionality of the original, over successive iterations it will add more features.

    Is it me or does Tim Cook look remarkably like El Jobs, just with more hair and a better dress sense?

  • Ibrahim Sait

    Steve was for Apple what Sir Alex is for Manchester United !!!!
    You just cannot imagine Apple without Steve, hope he’ll play a major role even though he is not the CEO anymore.

  • axel Macintosh

    Poor old Steve No Jobs

  • MrA

    Keep on rocking Steve!

  • Chingiz

    I agree with Ibrahim

  • green_comet

    I can’t see him being around much longer, just seeing how much he has deteriorated in the past couple years and now with him stepping down.

  • ron

    john gruber makes me wretch.

    apple = “truth”? HA.

  • I highly doubt this will affect Apple. Sure Jobs turned things around for the company. But Apple is the company who does things that other companies are just too corporate minded to try. Their products are about “us” and that’s not going to change any time soon. It’s in their blood and ours.

    • Haha. I just read the letter Tim Cook wrote to employees at Apple this morning. Included within he writes “I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that-it is in our DNA.”