Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave
for an undisclosed condition since Jan. 17, resigned as chief executive
of Apple Wednesday, saying he could "no longer meet" the duties and
expectations of the job.
Interim CEO Tim Cook was immediately elevated to CEO, while Jobs, 56, will stay on as chairman of the board.
"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," Jobs said in a letter to "the Apple community" that was
released by the company. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
While the move was stunning, it was not entirely unexpected.
Jobs had been seen only rarely this year, including at a San
Francisco event in March where he unveiled Apple's iPad 2, the hugely
successful follow-on to its hugely successful tablet computer.
"His health clearly wasn?t improving and there was going to come a
time when he was going to have to step aside,? said Rob Enderle,
longtime technology analyst with Enderle Group.
Still, Enderle said it will be a blow for the company. The company's
stock fell about 5 percent in after-hours trading after the news was
announced, shortly after 3:40 p.m. PT (6:40 p.m. ET).
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