Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
The only news that could trump this for me is if I found out Obama wasn’t running for re-election, or if Roger Ebert retired as a film critic.
Yes, he’s been on medical leave since January, his third medical leave-of-absence since being treated for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and receiving a liver transplant in 2009, and the wheels of the company haven’t come off yet. Yes, COO Tim Cook will most likely do a fine job as the new CEO. Yes, Apple’s product road map has been set for the next 2-3 years, so there’s nothing to worry about.
In fact, on that last point, All Things D breathes a bit of relief into Jobs’ influence on future products:
Extremely well-informed sources at Apple say he intends to remain involved in developing major future products and strategy and intends to be an active chairman of the board, even while new CEO Tim Cook runs the company day to day.
Still, today’s news is a bit unnerving. One of the most innovating and successful CEOs in corporate history is voluntarily leaving the helm of one of the world’s most valuable companies. I can’t help but wonder if this decision was influenced by his shaky health.
I’ve been using Apple products on a near-daily basis since the days of the ALPHA room’s Mac Performa (and Denny’s Performa 631CD). I have only ever owned Apple computers — the ’99 second generation iMac, the sunflower iMac, the iBook G4 and (currently) the unibody MacBook (now discontinued). As long as Cook and Jonathan Ive keep rolling out the quality products, I have no plans to switch to a Windows machine.
I am now more than ever looking forward to Walter Isaacson’s upcoming biography on Jobs, set for release on November 21st. Word on the street is that it will be updated to include Jobs’ resignation.