I guess nobody was expecting this news today.
I am working in one of the Cafe Macs of the company to enjoy the sun shining in California. I got a tweet around 3:40pm and I immediately clicked on the link.
I found the following words:
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.
Quickly the news started to jump around in the company and the Internet. Really sad, sad.
I think he deserves a rest and we should really thank Steve for the amazing and revolutionary products he created for us during all these years.
Thank you, Steve.