Steve Jobs has officially stepped down as Apple’s CEO after a long run of successful and innovative management for the World’s leading technological company. I’ve had an odd relationship with Mr. Jobs over the past 10 years mainly due to the fact that I was a PC snob up until a few months ago. I always viewed Apple and Jobs as these arrogant entities rather than amazing ones that have pushed the boundaries of technology in the home space, digital music space, and more recently the smartphone space. That all changed when I purchased my first large piece of Apple tech in the iPad 2 this past Spring. Once I opened it’s simple yet elegant box, I realized that my line of thinking needed to change.
Thanks to Steve Jobs and his fine job as CEO people like me can fully realize his awesomeness and forward thinking once we get over ourselves and give his wares a try. Don’t get me wrong Steve is a cocky ba*tard, and last year’s antenna gate was one of his largest black eyes in recent years, but if you just give the guy’s company a chance you’ll see why he and Apple have so many rabid fans.
Through Steve’s guidance Apple has revolutionized mobile computing, and in turn has forced the rest of the industry to follow suit or fail. I resisted his allure and bold charm for as long as I could by always taking the opposite route when it came to his technological breakthroughs. Instead of jumping on the iPod bandwagon I went with a generic brand. Rather than go with the iPhone I went with Blackberry and then Android. Finally, I never even dreamed of owning one of his MacBook Pros over a Windows based PC, because how proficient could that tool be if I didn’t know it worked inside and out like a PC with Microsoft’s OS on it?
Fortunately I’ve seen the light thanks to the iPad 2, and I haven’t looked back. I’m Apple through and through, and a large piece of that can be credited to Steve’s leadership. Without him beating his designers into submission to create his genius ideas Apple may have never come back from the brink of failure. I would have never purchased an iPad 2, and therefore I would have never given an iPhone, or a MacBook Pro a second thought. Thankfully, through Steve’s intense fanbase I learned to drink the Cupertino Kool-Aid, which last year I would’ve told you was blasphemy.
He will be sorely missed and Apple should continue to do well, but it’ll never be the same company now that he is gone. All that converts like me can hope for is that he’ll remain in some sort of Chairman role to continue to provide his valuable insight to Apple in his remaining years on this planet. Please take a moment to read his resignation letter to the Apple Board below, and while doing so keep Steve in your geeky prayers because this letter could be the beginning of Steve’s end on Earth. You can also check out a video montage of some of his greatest moments here. You’ve never thought that you’d get upset by a CEO stepping down…
Steve Jobs’ 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.
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