Text of Steve Jobs’ resignation letter

By now you have already heard that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer. Here is the text of his resignation letter:

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.


So what do you guys think? Steve’s comment that Apple’s “brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it” is interesting. Does this mean they will stop the patent war and actually start innovating? Don’t bet on it.

[via wsj]

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Android Ninja 4

    No they wont probably, because Steve will still have a partial say. He still thinks he created everything anyway lol.

  • JimD

    REALLY????? Apple doesn’t innovate? Dude…put the crack pipe down. Apple didn’t get to where they are by NOT innovating.

  • Nate

    He’s a better innovator and better innovator than anyone attached to any Android device ever made. One thing’s for sure, though; even without him, Apple will still make the best smartphone on the market.

  • ari-free

    Yes, they sure know how to come up with innovative lawsuits and trade complaints.

  • soraxd

    Sir! permission to piss on his grave, Sir!

  • JimD

    soraxd — are you an asshole or just acting like one? He’s not dead….grow up.

  • Briand

    If it wasn’t for Apple there would be no Droid. MS would have taken over years ago and burdened us all with their crudely designed software that runs on just as feebly executed hardware.

  • AnotherPerspective

    It’s a very good strategy really. Steve Jobs is retiring at the right time, when Android OS is gaining so much ground in the smart phone market that it’s practically unstoppable. It made Apple so desperate, that they attempted to stop Android’s momentum by suing its hardware manufacturers with frivolous patent lawsuits, instead of competing with innovations. This clearly shows Apple is falling behind. So now would be a good time for Steve Jobs to leave and have someone else take the blame and bad rep for the lawsuits. Sure, Steve Jobs’ retirement may partially be due to his health, but there are always two sides to a coin. Who knows, when Android slow down, he may once more take helm as CEO of Apple and try to bring ‘new innovations’.

  • bugs

    finally he stepped down… now Apple will go to the place it should be: one more company. And the end of a company success based on patenting air and a follow law suit…

  • Luna Fousek

    my boyfriend told me today that Apple are sending out free gear in memory of steve. have a look at http://remembersteve.org

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