The past two weeks have been crazy in the tech world! One thing that shook up the industry was that the captain of the shiny Apple stepped down this week. Steve Jobs has left his position as CEO and has named Tim Cook as the next man to lead Apple into the future. We know that Jobs has had severe health issues as of late, yet he did not indicate the reason for leaving in his 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.
Apple's board did follow Jobs' recommendations and appointed Cook as new CEO and Jobs will remain on as chairman of the Apple board.
Regardless of where Apple has gone in the past few years, Jobs has always been a visionary and someone who definitely helped lead us into a new frontier in technology. From turning a product launch into a red carpet event to proving that shiny things can sell, regardless of the decade-old features and performance, he always did everything with flash, confidence and made things important even when they weren't. I don't foresee Apple's momentum slowing down (unfortunately), as he has been away from the ship's wheel multiple times lately.
We usually will take on and challenge any and everything Apple does, but for this one time, in this article (this article right here), we will remember Jobs' take on innovation. "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." Well said, my friend.