Steve Jobs resigned as Apple's CEO and was replaced by Tim Cook, formerly COO of the iconic company Jobs cofounded 35 years ago. According to a letter circulated on Business Wire, Jobs tendered his resignation to the company's board of directors on Wednesday afternoon after saying he was no longer able to meet the requirements …
He built a technology giant out of nothing along with Woz and their early successful products were their own unlike Microsoft who bluffed IBM and supplied them with DOS bouight from someone else.
But those who built such big companies from nothing deserve some respect, unlike many CEOs of today who have just climbed the ranks of companies.
You know how often we say that the CEOs and suits don't deserve their money and benefits? In Jobs' case, must of us who can remember Apple in '96 and '97 would agree that Jobs has earned it as much as any one else has.
Here's hoping his health is okay, and if not, that he recovers well and soon.
I'm supprised that 'iQuit' wasn't in the sub heading... Is the Reg loosing it?
I don't know...
...but they might be losing it.
Sarah Palin already has the patent and trademark on the iQuit. Look it up...
But what we really want to know is
Is there an app to resign your job?
Even the Guardian managed an "iResign"
now that he is standing aside
is it okay to say jag-u-are instead of jag-wah?
A class act, Steve Jobs bows out at the top. Maybe as Chairman he'll see the company go on to more great things.
About the patent trolling I don't agree - but if that's all there is to complain about, his success is amazing.
No Real Change
Gappetto will still be pulling the stings... Its just now Cook now officially gets all of the boring executive crap steve didn't want to do anyway.
It should be interesting...
...now that a human being is in charge of Apple.
All the best Steve.
I personally don't own or even like Apples products, but at the same time wish Steve Jobs all the best and hope that he beats the odds (the transplant he had gives at most an extra three or so years to people) and remains strong and healthy for a long time.
Heaven forbid somebody should express the positive
Could you be any more acerbic?
Whatever is next Steve
I hope you're still that same 100% bulldog you've always been. I gotta say, I disagree, a lot, with the way Apple goes about things but you've always made me money. I'm not sure I'm better off than I would be without all the lawsuits but I am sure it could be worse. Thanks Steve, be well.
Now Tim, we expect more of the same but lighten up a bit. Well, at least until I pass the patent bar.
Watch this space for news about Apple's new range of kitchen products.
Given that Apple are obsessed with the idea that their competitors in the smartphone and tablet markets just slavishly copy anything new that they do, can we now expect Samsung, HTC and Nokia to announce the resignation of their respective CEOs ?
Branston's house burns down, Gadaffi disappears, Jobs resigns. Are they all the same guy covering up his tracks as he retires to a hollowed-out volcano?
You could smell the burning pickle from many miles away.
Steve Jobs last app..
He's calling it the iQuit
You've forgotten to mention that he is the largest shareholder in Disney Corp...
She doesn't have the balls (or guts, if you want to be PC) to come up with new ideas that'll change the world in even a vaguely good way. Wonder which one of her puppets thought that iQuit could be useful.
And as for which camp I'm in, "I'm a PC" (at work) but mac user at home / on the road / in my pocet (iPhone).
Fail cos of the first paragraph obviously...
Jobs latest concept is the...
(as heard on Radio 4).
Might not like Apple
but I wouldn't wish the health issues Steve Jobs has had (or may be having) on anyone.
Don't like the guy.....
Don't like his "software requirements". Don't like his pathetic patent lawsuits. Don't like his attitude.
However, I wish him all the success in the world for his health battle.
Like many here - especially here, of all places
By no means an apple fan, but this sounds pretty bad.
Hope things go well for him.
Best of luck
While I may not entirely agree with the direction Apple has taken recently, it is at least profitable, successful and forward-looking.
If we recall the Apple of 15 years ago, and if we had written an article back then about Apple being trendy, fashionable, releasing mobile phones that are ubiquitous, controlling a large library of music sales and kickstarting the tablet market, while becoming the most profitable tech company and only 2nd behind ExxonMobil overall, you would've been sectioned!
Back then Apple was known for quirky little computers for the education market, seemingly doomed to go the way of the Acorn.
So while everytime some trendy young thing who thinks he is the next Damien Hirst / Moby / Banksy pulls out a MacBook or an iPad in the cafe a little bit of me dies inside, I still respect the work that Jobs has put in to make the company what it is today.
Not that big of a deal.....
......change the name of your CEO.
Like many others here, I'm not impressed with Apple's latest forays into the realm of the I.P. Troll, but you do have to respect what Jobs has achieved, and I do wish him luck.
Apple will be fine; the global supply of brushed aluminium and smoked glass hasn't dried up yet...
Personally, I wish him well. Health issues are Not Fun and no one should have to deal with them.
Professionally - I guess the Cult of Apple became a creepy thing, almost from the start. The Mac vs PC thing was adolescent, and my personal experience of Macs has been of poor hardware and software design - not as poor as Windows was until XP, but still badly flawed - disguised by excellent industrial design and laser-sharp marketing.
Steve personally didn't invent things like the iPod. He did what Apple does as a company - took other people's ideas and marketed the crap out of them.
So where MS's main product was corporate marketing, Apple's main product was always consumer marketing, selling a largely illusory feel-good factor through clever story-telling and a relentless appeal to consumer narcissism.
I can't really thank Jobs for that. It worked, but... hey.
Back in the 80s the Amiga was running a full multitasking OS with excellent (for the time) graphics and sound, and Atari was the cheap consumer option. Somewhere left field Acorn were doing cool things with the Archimedes.
Those lines could have been developed. Instead Apple and MS flooded the market with technology that was relatively underpowered and not so relatively unimaginative - but, in Apple's case, nicely packaged.
Between them Jobs and Gates probably held IT development back by ten or fifteen years. Developing ecosystems was good, but developing such slow-moving and flawed ones was a disappointment.
Without that conservatism we might well have had physical and tactile computing so much more quickly.
Jobs gets props of sorts for realising Apple was a content company rather than a tech company a good few years before anyone needed that realisation.
But Apple has always presented stinginess as opportunity. App development and iTunes are both ways to generate content without having to pay people as employees. And Apple has a mountain of cash, but isn't using any of it for sponsorship or talent support programs for new ground-up content or innovation.
At least record companies and publishers find talent and then sponsor it through advance payments for projects.
The new content companies - Apple, Google, Facebook, MySpace (as was) - don't need to, so they don't.
The world is a poorer place for it. There's more content, but it's hard to argue that (say) Angry Birds is really innovative.
So Jobs doesn't get props for innovation. Apple could have done so much more with its position, and could still do more. But an integral corporate tight-fisted conservatism means that it didn't, and never will.
That's a shame - a real shame. For everyone.
"Between them Jobs and Gates probably held IT development back by ten or fifteen years. Developing ecosystems was good, but developing such slow-moving and flawed ones was a disappointment."
Whilst that accusation can be easily aimed at Gates the Apple you are describing was a product of Jobs not being there post-1985. When he returned in 1997 they started to turn around their lethargic development cycle and utter customer gouging, albeit with absolute (and possibly justified) paranoia about others stealing their thunder.
If what we're all thinking is happening....
...this is a sad day indeed. Regardless of personal opinions, Jobs had a positive effect on all of us.
What happened to my trolling? was it the "anti-christ" remark that did it?
Steve jobs has had no positive effect on me whatsoever, not then, not now, not ever
It's just this type of unhealthy worshiping of the cult of Steve that makes me hate this company so much.
Trolling troll trolls. Stop whingeing. Can't you see how oxymoronic 'It's just this type of unhealthy worshiping of the cult of Steve that makes me hate this company so much.' is, or are just really that stupid? Fuck me, man up son.
Steve Jobs was forced to resign having been caught trying to buy a $99 HP Touchpad.
...iPod - iPhone - iPad - iResign - What next ???
"...iPod - iPhone - iPad - iResign - What next ???"
Sadly, it'll be the iDie.
I don't like Apples approach, but wish Steve all the happiness he can find in the time available to him.
Despite not being a big fan of Apple...
... I am surprised at how sad I am to hear this.
(I owned a couple of Macs in the System 7 days, more to have some variety at home as I worked with PCs and Unix than anything, but was put off them when I worked for a couple of years at a company full of Apple cultists - I remember just before I left the company's tech guru saying we didn't need to upgrade the company's Macs or switch to PCs, as everyone would be switching to OpenDoc based components within a year and everything would become more slimline)
Does this mean...
...that Apple are going to stop being such Cox to their consumers now?
I'm going, I'm going.
"I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it," should read, "I believe Apple's anti-competitive and most litigious days are ahead of it."
I love my galaxy S. Simple, cheap, android 2.2. Sorry you guys in EU can't purchase it right now.
Here is Job's legacy to the tech world:
- make products that actually work, even in their details
- do not ship something unfinished
- do not ship products in response to a tech fashion
- make products that respond to a consumer need
- design products by using them, not through market analysis data
Wow! Who would have thought. This is pure genius. I just wish the rest of the tech industry would listen.
And here's how he did it!
My best wishes Steve. You might be a total Bar Steward, but we need more people like you to get the really important things done in this world.
Did you also work for Apple? :-)
All excellent points, and the reasons I like Apple products. Those are the things that really matter. Marketing is frosting.
The big thing about Jobs...
...is that Apple makes products that -feel good- to use. It's like driving a Toyota Camry instead of a BMW, or an Audi, or a Mercedes: it makes no sense to get the bimmer from a practicality standpoint, and its ability to get you to the supermarket isn't any greater. But you feel better on the way.
Criticizing a Mercedes because it isn't a Toyota, and has an inferior price:top speed ratio, is absurd. That's not why you buy it.
Criticize the idea of paying more for something because it just feels good to use it if you must (and my guess is that all but the most humorless bores would be hypocrites if they did), but Apple delivers an excellent product for its market - and Jobs can predict that market so well he actually creates products for the customer rather than the other way around. That skill is incredibly rare, and, bastard, marketing liar, and other qualities notwithstanding, deserves respect.
I own no apple products, and never have. I use a custom built PC, a Sager laptop, a BlackBerry phone (no, I did not riot), a BlackBerry PlayBook (long story) and a Sansa Clip. And I also own a 'fine European automobile' (bought used, natch). I could have gotten a Kia that would do the job just as well, but I just -like- mine. It looks nice, the seats are great, and it goes much faster than necessary.
Am I stupid? Maybe. But how many here who criticize Apple as overpriced would get a Kia instead of a Maserati if they could afford either? Well, if you'd skip the Kia, don't tell me that Apple products are 'bad'. They're just different products than you want.
Sorry, guys - if people are buying something you don't want, it doesn't make them stupid. But it -does- make Steve Jobs -smart-. As a lifetime PC user, I wish him the best, bastard or not.
errr, screwed up
I meant 'creates customers for his products', not 'creates products for his customers'. That's what I get for posting about Apple on a BlackBerry...
"I meant 'creates customers for his products', not 'creates products for his customers'."
No, you had it right the first time.
To use your car analogy:
A 100% markup on a Camry with BMW emblems affixed is still a ripoff.
There is nothing special about the hardware Apple makes, but they are really good at gluing shiny badges on and charging extra for it...
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