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.
I think if you had the chance to ask him what his greatest creation was, he would look right into your eyes, and say. “Apple.” Anyone who has heard any of Apple’s history knows that he was fired from Apple and the company went into decline. Apple brought Steve back in 1996. The iconic iPod was released in 2001, which changed the way we listened to music and watched movies. In 2007 Apple released the iPhone, the phone that changed phones. And last year, in 2010, the iPad was released, the flagship product of the post-PC era. Steve took a “temporary” leave of absence in January. It never ended.