Oh boy. I guess we all knew there was always a chance of this coming, but it still feels shocking. From reports at 9to5Mac and round the web:
Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
Tim Cook, who has stood in as interim CEO during Jobs’ recent medical leaves, will be taking over as CEO – apparently as part of a long-standing succession plan at Apple.
This phrase sounds encouraging:
In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.
I’ve only just found this out a few minutes ago and have not come close to collecting my thoughts on it. For now I’ll just say I hope this is not an indicator that Jobs’ health is deteriorating and that he will remain involved and be an active chairman.