Write this date down folks, it’s an important one. Steve Jobs recently published a letter announcing his decision to resign as CEO of Apple. Since he co-founded the company in 1976, Jobs has been an influential piece in the tech world, innovating in ways no one ever imagined. Steve Jobs is the man who completely redesigned what people knew as a “computer”, brought the wave of popularity to the MP3 player, flipped the mobile industry upside down with the iPhone, and did so again with the iPad. Whether you like Apple or not, he is someone to be respected for his work in the tech industry. He has stepped down from CEO of Apple to Chairman of the board, where he will “continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.” He published the following press release earlier this evening:
August 24, 2011–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.
This is obviously a very important day for Apple, and will obviously elicit speculations over the company’s future. He will still be a part of Apple, as Chairman of the Board, but that still leaves us to wonder how the company will be affected after the loss of CEO. After all, he is the one behind all of their major products. What this will mean for Android is yet to come. With Apple’s biggest innovator stepping down, a huge opportunity for Android could be arising. Android is already getting 500k activations daily, but it couldn’t hurt to have its biggest competitor lose its footing. Other than the resignation itself, we will all continue to speculate until we see the numbers. As always, we will keep you updated, so be sure to check back with TheDroidGuy for more news and updates about Android and the rest of the tech world.