Steve Jobs Steps Down as Apple CEO, Tim Cook Steps In

By , Aug 24, 2011

We’re very sorry to say that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple, effective immediately. He is going to be replaced by Apple’s COO Tim Cook, who has been filling in for Jobs over the last several months.

In January of this year, Jobs took his second leave of absence from the company in as many years, due to ongoing health problems. He’s suffered from off-and-on issues since mid-2004, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer…

With every absence, however, Jobs has always managed to bounce back. But that doesn’t seem to be the case this time, as Steve himself just sent this letter out over the newswires:

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

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.

Steve”

We could go on forever about Steve’s accomplishments, but we’ll let you read the book. The man started Apple in his parent’s garage, and after several years of trials and tribulations, turned the company into the empire you see today.

It’ll be interesting to see what this means for Apple’s stock, which has been extremely volatile over the last few weeks. There’s been a lot of speculation that Apple can’t possibly continue on its hot streak without Jobs at the helm.

Most of all, our hearts go out to Jobs and his family. The tech world just lost one hell of a leader.

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  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Jeff

    :(

    • anthonyappleguy

      :(:(

    • Ethan

      Now that Steve stepped down, my hope for flash on iOS is coming back.

      • no

        Nope.

    • Jessica

       Steve was an inspiration and an icon… May God bless him wirh better health.

    • iTard

      Finally.! Somebody here with some real common sense. :D

  • Pat

    A great man and a great leader. “Quit whilst you’re on the top”.
    I hope Tim and the other guys do a great job.

  • Harry

    The LEGEND

  • anthonyappleguy

    I’m glad he quit AFTER he got to see Apple become the #1 company in America. The wealthiest company ever.

    • Mark

      If he quit before, it wouldn’t be the top.

  • zach

    I salute him for his excellent service to apple maybe we will see some changes now :)

  • Joe

    It is sad bet it’s the health. Hope all goes well with him. NOW. For the biggest deal. There goes APPLES STOCKS it’s going to dROP BIG TIME. Till we c how TIM COOK does

  • Rob

    Im crying a lot, I stopped eating and I feel im going to throw up, I don’t know what it is but Steve is the modern Einstein or something, what would be of the world without him?
    I already threw up. I think im sick. Steve is the “i” before every Apple product.

    • James

      You’re either being sarcastic or you’re one sad individual.

      • Bogy

        He could be both :)

      • Rob

        Im not being sarcastic, Im actually on bed, I threw up like 4 times and im sick with fever, Im not saying its because of Steve but I started feeling bad when I saw the news.

  • http://www.memwah.com Memwah

    I think this time he leaves the company heading in the right direction to sustain itself and hopefully won’t have to return years later to bring it back from the brink again!

  • Jedoonat

    I hope Steve did a full background check on the new guy, because he has a huge shoe to fill. Tim better have an equal creative insight as Steve, if not better. Bottom line…, be an equal to Steve or better, or go home!!!

  • fapple

    Good… hope the next front page head line is his death!

    • Pat

      You are embarrassing. No body deserves to die. You are pathetic

    • James

      Ah well, difference between you and him is people will give a shit when he dies.

      • Mmm beer

        Lol I couldn’t care less for anyones life not even my own well said we souls have a beer sometime lmfao

      • Mmm beer

        Lol I couldn’t care less for anyones life not even my own well said we should have a beer sometime lmfao

    • Techno709

      g drink some cum dick

  • Mark

    this was his third leave actually

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Alex

    You will be missed Steve. You’re the reason this blog exists.

  • Woody dog

    I hope he still announces the iPhone 5. No one reveals a new product like him.

    • Techno709

      true

  • Ken

    I will keep my iphone4 and macbook(white) as the last product from apple with steve job as CEO.

  • Chai

    Steve Jobs released a new product before he left Apple!
    It’s call iQuit!

    • Cristian

      lame

  • http://elcarter.com Carter

    I have like a woried felling in my stomach but i dont know if its fro this or a tornado warneing

  • http://www.goshit.com Google

    FUCK YOU ALL NERD

  • Isaac

    he is the crazy one, the misfit, the rebel, the troublemaker, the round peg in the square hole the one who see things different.

  • Leon

    holy s**t… I just read the news!!… I’m not a fanboy, but this is a shocking news in the tech world.

    This month is full of surprises!!… and we still have another week before the month ends, I wonder what else is going to happen.

  • Manuel

    Finally, now we won’t have to deal with an iPhone with no flash and having to jailbreak every update, since jobs is anal about us hacking our phones, tablets, and MP3 devices.

  • Tobi Dayo

    =(

  • DomPerignon

    Let’s face it Steve Jobs was the innovative and creative force behind Apple. I hope I’m wrong but this is the beginning of the downfall.

  • kalpesh

    unmatchable loss to the tec community .the legend steps down ..:(

  • mo

    Sad to see him leave and wish him the best of health. I just really hope he is the keynote speaker in September for the iPhone 5. It would be REALLY weird if he is not the one to annouce the phone. I look forward to only HIM annoucing it every year because he does it with so much charisma.

  • DomPerignon

    Now, Apple is going to be another company. It’ll never be the same.

  • Mohammed Alamer

    Thanks Steve Jobs…My iPone is a good souvenir from you..!!!

  • axel Macintosh

    who cares….

  • Apple but green

    IF THERE WAS NO STEVE AND APPLE THEN THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOGLE ANDROID FULLSTOP. YOU WILL NOT HAVE A GALAXY S2 OR MOTO DROID OR HTC. SO GO FUCK YOURSELFS ANDROID FANBOYS.

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    He’s only stepping down, he’s not dead. Jeez.

  • Fu***CK all Fanboys

    “IF THERE WAS NO STEVE AND APPLE THEN THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOGLE ANDROID FULLSTOP. YOU WILL NOT HAVE A GALAXY S2 OR MOTO DROID OR HTC. SO GO FUCK YOURSELFS ANDROID FANBOYS.”
    what are you an Fucking idiot. He invented all that or you mean they were competing fucking idiot with apple? can you say Google??? i am not even a android or iphone fan fuck like all of you. what a bunch of fucking moron you are. get a life idiots would you???

    • Techno709

      wow calm down flamer no need for crazynous calm ure self eat a taco and calm ure self

  • Fu***CK all Fanboys

    “IF THERE WAS NO STEVE AND APPLE THEN THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOGLE ANDROID FULLSTOP. YOU WILL NOT HAVE A GALAXY S2 OR MOTO DROID OR HTC. SO GO FUCK YOURSELFS ANDROID FANBOYS.”

    what are you an Fucking idiot. He invented all that or you mean they were competing fucking idiot with apple? can you say Google??? i am not even a android or iphone fan fuck like all of you. what a bunch of fucking moron you are. get a life idiots would you???

  • http://twitter.com/lookforanswers neil j chernoff

    I tried to send an email to Tim Cook, CEO regarding the recent patent Apple filed but it was rejected by the recipient domain. I tried to send it several times with the same result. I am computer literate and I think that Tim reads emails is bullshit. If anybody reads this with any kind of authority please call me. If I get no response it will confirm to me that my conclusion is correct. The email that I tried to send is very important to Apple but not really to me. This will probably be ignored as most emails are unless the person is President Obama.

    Neil Chernoff
    Chairman/CEO
    27th Century Technologies Inc
    Woodstock, Ga 30188
    404-431-4577

  • http://twitter.com/lookforanswers neil j chernoff

    trying to email Tim Cook CEO of apple but the domain will not let it through .just testing to see if this works..his email address is tcook@apple.com and i think something is wrong

    neil 404-431-4577

  • Nartnatda Borge

    On Sunday 16 March my husband and I bought three iPod Nanos at the Mac
    City outlet at Bangsar Shopping Centre. After only two days one of the new iPod
    Nanos stopped working, the display went black, and we went back to the outlet.
    Here we were told that it would take approximately three days to repair the
    faulty iPod. When we arrived at the shop to pick up the iPod, we were to our
    surprise told that we had to pay RM285 to repair the iPod as it was not deemed
    to be under warranty. On the Customer Service Request form three different
    issues were addressed; corrosion on the earphone jack, burn mark on the top of
    the display and gap at the bottom of the display. On this background the
    service agent representative had concluded that the product was not under warranty
    and hence we would have to pay for the repair. It appears highly unlikely that
    three issues like this would happen simultaneously through normal usage rather
    than product failure. However, after having talked to the staff at the Mac City
    outlet a couple of times, they kept on insisting that the product failure was
    not covered by warranty. Further to this, we were encouraged to get in touch
    with the local service agent representative ourselves as Mac City claimed that
    our case was a product issue that Mac City didn’t have any responsibility for. The
    complete lack of any willingness to make the situation good by the Mac City
    staff was both surprising and disappointing and we can safely say that we will
    never ever buy anything from any Mac City outlet going forward