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Steve Jobs  (Source: Gawker)

A younger, hairier Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs is leaving his position as Apple CEO

We just don’t know what to say. We’ve just learned that Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO of Apple, Inc. Tim Cook will now be fulfilling his duties. Jobs notes that he can no longer serve as CEO of Apple, and it is most likely due to the leave of absence he took in January from the company. Jobs has battled pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant in early 2009.

Here is Jobs' letter to his fellow Apple employees (and the legions of faithful customers) in full:

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.

Steve

Here is the press release in full regarding the handoff in power to Tim Cook:

Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apple's Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief Operating Officer, as the company's new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

"Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."

"Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."

"The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO," added Levinson. "Tim's 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does."

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company's worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple's supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple's Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer in 1976. He left the company in 1985 following a bitter power struggle with then CEO John Sculley (former CEO of Pepsi-Cola) and went on to found NeXT Computer. Jobs would later return to Apple in the capacity of "Interim Chief Executive" in the fall of 1997, and later officially regained the title of CEO.

Since that time, Jobs has overseen a massive resurgence for Apple with the launch of Apple Retail Stores, the original iMac, iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad -- each of which has made huge waves in their respective markets (not to mention other successes in between like the iTunes Music/App Store, OS X, etc.). Just this week, it was revealed that Apple's retail stores rake in $5,226 per square foot, more than any other retailer in the United States.

Likewise, Apple is -- for now -- the second most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $348 billion USD.


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Let's see where this leads
By cjohnson2136 on 8/24/2011 6:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
My stream has been blowing up with this news. It will be really interesting to see what Tim Cook does now that he has the reins to Apple.




RE: Let's see where this leads
By teng029 on 8/24/2011 6:54:23 PM , Rating: 2
Tim Cook has been essentially running Apple since Jobs took his leave of absence. Of course Steve = Apple, so it will be an interesting transition time for the company. In the long run however, I think Cook (who admittedly isn't as charismatic a personality as Jobs) will do just fine.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By someguy123 on 8/24/2011 6:58:27 PM , Rating: 4
Even though Cook has essentially been running apple for quite some time, I get the feeling that people will be backing off from apple simply due to the lack of Job's presence.

Such is the life of a company based solely on brand image.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:00:42 PM , Rating: 4
Anyone checking Pirks and Tony for a pulse? Maybe we need to put them on watch?


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Spuke on 8/24/2011 7:06:23 PM , Rating: 3
"Pilot to copilot, we're going down in flames!!!"


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Tony Swash on 8/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Tony Swash on 8/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:13:43 PM , Rating: 5
Down 6% in 6 minutes. Burn Baby Burn


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks Your Tickering it wrong.

Look at after hours trading.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
After Hours: 353.50 Down 19.93 (5.30%) 6:58PM EDT
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=aapl&ql=1


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/2011 7:20:57 PM , Rating: 3
Ah I see now. It went up to -4.5% and now back to -5%.
Well -5% is not exactly a catastrophe ya know :)))
We'll see. I expected something much worse. These few percent are freakin' peanuts. Looks like investors are not afraid of Cook. Oh well... more disappointment for WinPC fanboys then, Motoman won't be happy at all I'm sure ;)))


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Motoman on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/2011 8:07:04 PM , Rating: 3
And I suppose you think AAPL is going to go down 5% every single day from now on? Are you even serious Moto??? Maybe, uh, time to see a doctor again, eh, Moto? ;)


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 8:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to hold off commenting more until tomorrows opening bell.

When everyone is made aware on the news tonight what has transpired.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 8:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like we reached the reply level where it cant draw the lines correctly.

My comments were directed to Pirks.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/2011 8:42:01 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
You might want to hold off commenting more until tomorrows opening bell
Why don't you tell this to Motoman?


RE: Let's see where this leads
By lagomorpha on 8/25/2011 7:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
Well... there's always hoping.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Motoman on 8/25/2011 9:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. Down about 8% now, at 10:00 EST 8/25.

Where's that investor faith, Pirks?

Where's all the "smart" investors rallying to AAPL?

...what was I supposed to be waiting for today?


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/25/2011 10:03:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm only seeing it down 1.8%


RE: Let's see where this leads
By TakinYourPoints on 8/25/2011 4:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
AAPL ended the day down about .6% on a day when the broad S&P ended down 1.5% and the NASDAQ ended down 2%.

You are a Wall Street genius


By TakinYourPoints on 8/26/2011 6:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
And on the 26th AAPL closed up almost 3% at $383.

Motoman, you prove your intelligence and prescience time and time again, never change


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/25/2011 5:24:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Where's that investor faith, Pirks?
Up your sorry ass as usual Moto. Sorry to see your sad face at the end of the day, and your hopes of the AAPL plunging down evaporating like a morning fog :P hehehe

One more dumb PC troll down. Not bad for today eh


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Tony Swash on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/2011 7:23:59 PM , Rating: 5
I see that alternate reality you live in still exists. Nobody was celebrating the fact that Steve-O had cancer.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By B3an on 8/25/11, Rating: 0
RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:25:23 PM , Rating: 5
Did I mention cancer here?


RE: Let's see where this leads
By luseferous on 8/24/2011 7:26:31 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
but I would never have rejoiced if I had discovered Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer had cancer.


Nice leap of logic. Comments on apples share prices are an attack on Steve Jobs medical condition how ?


RE: Let's see where this leads
By JasonMick (blog) on 8/24/2011 7:45:26 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Nice leap of logic. Comments on apples share prices are an attack on Steve Jobs medical condition how ?
To attack his religion is to attack his god, apparently....

But Mr. Swash's commentary aside, this is sad news.

I don't think even most of Apple's harshest critics would seriously wish this on him.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 8:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed I think Apple forced Microsoft to be great. Its just like the ATI/NVIDIA war without NVIDIA ATI would have continued to have horrible drivers. Competition is a good thing.

Me personally if Apple was more Open I might have accepted their products because it takes more than a fancy interface for me to sign up. I ask well how do I upgrade it? I have to sell it and buy a new one to me thats a major design flaw because I eventually reach the limits of my devices. The products lack flexibility that I require in a device (Memory slots, Flash, changeable batteries, etc) I even considered a MAC Air until I found out you cant swap the SSD? Why SSD's will get bigger and faster WHY WHY WHY?

Still I believe Apple created and pushed the markets forward and great devices are coming from everyone because of that vision. But I find every one of thier innovative products are so close but lack that final option for me. Some as simple as a memory slot on a device that has a digital camera/video recorder.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By FastEddieLB on 8/24/2011 8:46:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think Apple forced Microsoft to be great.


Watch Pirates of Silicon Valley. Very informative dramatization. Gets a few things wrong, but most of it right.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 9:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
That was a good flick. Ive seen it at least twice.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 8:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't think even most of Apple's harshest critics would seriously wish this on him.


http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1631716

Its actually really easy to find.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By ssjwes1980 on 8/24/2011 10:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
Lol I was there before I came here your right there where some that made light of his health. Still love the site though...


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Reclaimer77 on 8/25/2011 7:45:55 AM , Rating: 1
lol that's proof of what? There are some real crazies and social rejects on the Internet. But finding one forum post by obvious kids who are trying to look cool by being mean isn't showing us anything new. We cannot know what truly lies in the hearts of men, I think lots of people say stupid things they don't mean. We all do from time to time. But deep down, very few people would actually wish cancer or death on someone and mean it.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By kleinma on 8/24/2011 8:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting you left Paul Allen off your list, who did have cancer. I guess you did rejoice over that one?


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Tony Swash on 8/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By msheredy on 8/24/2011 7:23:22 PM , Rating: 3
Only tech geeks like ourselves look at it like this...

Steve Jobs = Apple

What every one else out there sees is this...

Apple = Cool gadgets

Apple's image was never based on "Steve Jobs."

It's a sad day for a any CEO of only 55 years to have to step down. It takes a big man to know when the time is though.

Godspeed Steve.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Boze on 8/24/2011 9:19:44 PM , Rating: 3
Steven P. Jobs is a jackass and a control freak.

However, I don't wish death on anyone, certainly not in the form of cancer. Additionally, it must be heartbreaking to realize that you can no longer do what you love. I would be devastated if I was told I could no longer be a biologist, so I empathize with him.

As much as I hate to admit it, Apple will probably be a lesser place without Jobs.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By msheredy on 8/25/2011 11:56:20 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Steven P. Jobs is a jackass and a control freak.


Be as it may, I surely don't know first hand, do you? If this is the kind of person that can take a company from almost declaring bankruptcy to having the most market cap ahead of big oil then we need more people such as Steve in the world.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By someguy123 on 8/24/2011 9:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see Steve Jobs as Apple by any means.

If you don't think that Jobs is part of the apple brand, well, you don't seem to pay attention to these device launches, or the cult-like following Jobs has.

The general public sees apple as shiny gadgets. The loyalists/reporters see Jobs as a genius that can do no wrong. The investors see Jobs as the one spearheading innovation. People interested in technology just see apple as another company.

I have nothing against apple or jobs personally. I just believe apple will take a hit simply from this news, even though they've yet to slow down during the time Jobs has been out due to illness.


By voodoochile123 on 8/25/2011 7:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well put msheredy.

It's very sad, all this technology we have nowdays, and one of the worst diseases known to man is still running rampant and killing great people. That is the big story to me, and a very sad one.

Apple will be fine.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 7:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
Cook has been running Apple for years, he's a huge reason why they are one of the tightest operational ships in the industry. Otherwise Apple has some of the smartest engineers and designers in the world working for them. It is all about rolling forward from here.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 8:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Relevant article on Cook: http://money.cnn.com/2008/11/09/technology/cook_ap...

At one point he got days-on-hand for inventory down to 0.4, which is insane. Most companies measure their inventory by weeks-on-hand


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Pirks on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By formulav8 on 8/25/2011 9:23:04 AM , Rating: 2
You sound like a Football analyst deciding on how the team can win without its star quarterback.


RE: Let's see where this leads
By Tony Swash on 8/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: Let's see where this leads
By mondo1234 on 8/24/2011 10:33:39 PM , Rating: 1
Thank god Brandon wrote this. Now Jason Mick won't have to F it up with his usual Blog BS.


By Philippine Mango on 8/24/2011 7:00:57 PM , Rating: 1
Apple Today is Microsoft in 1999/2000... It's all down hill from here... I mean Microsoft hasn't collapsed but they're not what they were in 1999. Apple won't go away entirely in the next 5-10 years, but right now they're extremely overvalued and to think that they're going to become a bigger company than they already are is laughable.




By Mitch101 on 8/24/2011 7:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think Microsoft is making the best products ever and have been killing off dead areas making them leaner. They have a few open areas they are late to the game but they will get there. Microsoft has numerous business products that are top notch I don't believe anyone can challenge them on.


By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 7:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
The tablet market is just getting started and there is still tremendous room for growth in the smartphone market. There is still a ways to go before the ceiling in either area has been reached, and whatever happens with Jobs will change that.

Also, by what metric are you basing "overvalued" on? Ignore personal opinions and bias, look at the facts. They pull in double the gross revenue and about 25% more net income than Microsoft, and that number has been doubling year-over-year for the last few years. Even when that number levels off you are still looking at an insanely profitable company, and this is before we even get to it leveling off.

The day you are talking about will come, but not anytime soon, not based on the fact that these are still rapidly growing markets we are talking about.


By Phoque on 8/24/2011 8:42:13 PM , Rating: 4
LOL!

pfff.... hmm(!)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

tsss pfff so.. sorRry!#-%

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


By B3an on 8/25/2011 11:41:55 AM , Rating: 2
LOL i know! Tony needs help and i'm serious.

I think he's pretty old as well. I feel sorry for any family he has, must be a nightmare living with someone like this. Never growing up (mentally) and so many other mental problems.


By Mk4ever on 8/25/2011 10:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
LOL!

Easily the best post/reply of the year!

So simple, precisely expressive and up to the point, and yet without words.

It has to be said: Give that man a 6 !


By retrospooty on 8/25/2011 10:06:58 AM , Rating: 1
"You find yourself in a strange new world where Apple is the biggest and most important tech company on the planet"

I am no Apple hater, I wish them the best, and I applaud them for changing the industry with the iPhone. It really made all others raise thier game in a massive way. Everyone that Enjoys their Android, WebOS, or even newer Winmobile, Symbian, BB, and other OS's ALL owe APple a thanks for that....

But to say Apple is the most important tech company on the planet is just rediculous. You can hate MS all you want, but the whole world runs off thier software. No-one has been able to do what they do, making an OS that is open to all developers, both hardware and software and add in the entire enterprise space and ALL businesses.

Even the manufacturing plants that make Mac's ALL run on PC's with Windows. Every facility and every job function, from HR, to supply chain, to QA, to FA to accounting, to reverse logistics, to manufacturing and all steps in between ALL run PC's. Apple could NOT have done that with thier little quaint OS.


By retrospooty on 8/25/2011 10:47:09 AM , Rating: 5
"The transformation of how we listen and buy music, MS did nothing and Apple led the way. The transformation of the phone from a simple communication device to a new mobile computing platform, MS did nothing and Apple led the way. The rise of the tablet, MS did nothing and Apple led the way. Microsoft has missed every single new development in the world of tech this century and fumbled every single one of it's attempt to catch up"

This is all true... And if you had said that, no-one would balk at it. But you said Apple was the most important tech company in the world, and that is just retarded. Apple makes nice toys, but if they suddenly closed their doors and didnt release or manufacture a single product from this day forward and recalled all thier past products, there would be no major effect. My point is the whole freegin world runs off MS software. Is it exciting in the modern "nifty gadget toy market" ? No, but MS is definitely the most important tech company by far. Apple could fade today and the world would continue. If MS closed thier doors and took back all thier software, the world would grind to a halt. Even Apple couldnt manufacture anything or fulfil thier supply chain without the MS business systems they run off of.

99% of everything that is done at every company on planet Earth is done using MS software. Get some perspective man.


An end of an era
By vertigo1 on 8/24/2011 7:02:22 PM , Rating: 3
This news is a great shame.... he has achieved some greats things for the industry.




RE: An end of an era
By Philippine Mango on 8/24/2011 7:06:36 PM , Rating: 5
Like selling overpriced garbage to the masses at a 50%+ margin? If you want to call him a marketing genius, be my guest but I don't think he has contributed anything worthy to society. Only our society today thinks it's acceptable to spend $700 on a nerfed computer with a 50%+ profit margin but on the same token piss and moan about the Price of gasoline or healthcare and calling the oil or health insurance companies 'greedy' when their profit margins are in the single digits.


RE: An end of an era
By teng029 on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: An end of an era
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: An end of an era
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: An end of an era
By sigmatau on 8/24/2011 9:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's profit on hardware has been reported as 40%. That is crazy high compared to any competitor. And remember, many times their hardware is based on one generation behind technology, they offer low specs on their computer lines for what they charge. Come on, 4Gb on a $2500 laptop? I will say the iPad has been the opposite of Apple's other products, using some of the newest hardware and having a decent price.

So you got to ask yourself, where does that 40% profit go?


RE: An end of an era
By Pirks on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: An end of an era
By sigmatau on 8/25/2011 5:56:19 AM , Rating: 3
LOL! You found a listing on newegg with a wrong price? Good job!


RE: An end of an era
By Pirks on 8/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: An end of an era
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 9:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
40% profit margins on laptops, where are you getting that from? Their laptops and desktops are closer to 15%, and their average profit margins among all of their products is around 20%. Great margins, far better than the <5% arena of sub-$800 notebooks that HP just bailed out of, but nothing like the numbers you're talking about.

Their highest profit margins aren't in notebooks or desktops (which happen to be around the same price as when Dell, HP, or Sony makes a product with similar weight:size:performance:battery life balance), they are in smartphones and tablets, almost all of which are comparably priced to or cheaper than the competition. That may be where you are confused and where you are getting the 40% number from.

One reason why they are able to make such high profit margins on tablets, phones, and iPods while other companies make less on hardware with slower specs and inferior physical materials is because Apple makes massive component orders from their suppliers. Buying displays/RAM/SoCs/etc in such bulk years in advance drives their production costs down.

Their new CEO, Tim Cook, seems to be the one responsible for this.

As to where their money goes, its obvious, cash pile which they use to get great prices on components, thus securing the profit margins that they get. Tight business that they run.


RE: An end of an era
By DeluxeTea on 8/25/2011 6:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
Old article, but still somewhat relevant.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/02/what-doth-i...


RE: An end of an era
By xti on 8/25/2011 9:31:00 AM , Rating: 2
overpriced to who? in reality, if they are selling that many, people arent giving up food for one...maybe you just cant hang $-wise?

someone had to say it...its such an overused excuse...


RE: An end of an era
By Belard on 8/26/2011 9:42:50 AM , Rating: 2
Really? I don't recall MS giving away MS-Office or Windows for free?

Lets see... Retail Windows 7 = $200. OEM or upgrade for a single computer, $100. Apple... $50 for 5 users.

How much is Office? $120 home version, sans Outlook. Otherwise $220 for 2 systems. $400~700 for full Pro.

Libre Office is free, but aint no office 2010.


Sad
By Tony Swash on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sad
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sad
By Tony Swash on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: Sad
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/2011 7:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
73


RE: Sad
By TakinYourPoints on 8/24/2011 8:20:23 PM , Rating: 2
Godwin's Law took no time to get here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law


Adiossssss
By BillyBatson on 8/24/2011 8:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
Bye bye Steve "Robs" you will not be missed but still hated.




RE: Adiossssss
By Belard on 8/26/2011 10:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
Awe... whats with the hate?

He is still working for Apple and will still work on making new products. Its just that he won't be running the company as the #1 guy, handling everything.


Steve Jobs
By atlmann10 on 8/25/2011 10:51:17 AM , Rating: 1
Agreed most definitely Mr. Franzen. I do not and have not ever personally owned any Apple product. I also despise computer systems that are built such as they are in a proprietary model. However; without Mr Jobs we would not have the PC, The Multimedia, the digital image manipulation (Avatar etc), the Smart Phones, and the tablet/slate as they currently stand as well as how they will be in the future.

One thing I don't think many PC fanboy's realize is the difference in things like Windows and Apple which is where much of the hate if you would call it that comes from. Apple is a package designer who's machines come with an OS which even to some amount validates there proprietary nature, even though I or you may not like it. An Apple product is about a complete package in most regards. Whereas a PC or even and Android device is more about do it yourself open source, whereas the PC also used to be proprietary to the manufacturer, and the OS but the consumers or market chose non-proprietary over time.

In many way's and I do not mean this as an insult at all an Apple device is simplified for the user. You can also go beyond that and the OS is a solid UNIX based model as is Linux, but the hardware and design is also included in the Apple design making it the complete package. Hate is an emotion generally used as a Juvenile expression, by an individual using rash judgement. Therefore many of the comments by any fanboy whether they be an Apple, Nvidia, PC, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS etc. fanboy are brash statements made form that level.

Without Steve Jobs we would not have the PC or maybe even the information age in anyone's home who wants it as we do now. I am not a fanboy for any singular manufacturer, but am a fanboy of technology, and a fanboy of where technology takes us as a race. Also as I said earlier I do not own any product by Apple, I build my own computers and have for 16 years now, and worked in technology generally on the hardware and networks sides of the industry for 18. I also use an Android smart phone but have family members that use iPhone's so I do know them and have experience with them they are just not for me.

One thing to add to this is that in looking at this situation in an overview sense I wish Steve Jobs the best. I know most definitely he is a perfectionist and a workaholic. So I take from this that he would not step down like unless of course he had been told it was a medical/health neccesity. I wish him the best as an individual in his life and health and even with a sense of gratitude.




RE: Steve Jobs
By Redback on 8/25/2011 12:14:35 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
"without Mr Jobs we would not have the PC, The Multimedia, the digital image manipulation (Avatar etc), the Smart Phones, and the tablet/slate"

quote:
"Without Steve Jobs we would not have the PC or maybe even the information age in anyone's home who wants it as we do now"

For someone who's apparently been in the industry for 18 years, you really should have better knowledge of its history and greater understanding of its dynamics.

Steve Jobs is not the messiah...


By Dean364 on 8/24/2011 6:58:51 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder how they're going to react in the morning..Good thing they waited until after the closing bell to make the annoucement.




Isaac Asimov
By Phoque on 8/24/2011 7:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
He heard me!!! I now believe in after life.

http://www.dailytech.com/Article.aspx?newsid=22517...

My condolences to Tony Swash.




RE: Isaac Asimov
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/2011 7:21:24 PM , Rating: 1
He'll be alright. I hear Mark Zuckerburg is looking for a new bitch.


Karma
By Redback on 8/24/2011 11:08:20 PM , Rating: 3
I don't wish him ill, but given the dishonesty that's been a constant part of his business dealings and the manner in which he's treated his friends and family (ie. Woz and his own daughter, Lisa) and his conspicuously absent philanthropic activities (despite enormous personal wealth), you have to wonder whether this is simply the universe balancing the ledger...




Apple will be the next Disney
By soghjai on 8/24/2011 7:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
For decades Disney was living off the unfinished projects that Walt started before he passed away. Every since then everything they did was based on "What would Walt do?". That type of thinking strangles creativity and innovation. I can see the same thing happening at Apple. With out a true visionary, they will continue to pump out the things, (smaller thinner faster) without thinking out of the box.




The Thrill is Gone...
By jnemesh on 8/24/2011 7:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
The cult of Steve will be in mourning today...and the company stock will tank in the morning (but probably recover quickly).

The main problem is that Tim Cook is no visionary. He is definitely not as charismatic as Steve, and will not bring any of the usual excitement to keynote addresses. Without the "sizzle" Steve Jobs brought to the industry, Apple is just another monopolistic tech company...and people dont really like those too much.

I predict that Apple will remain a powerful player for a few years...maybe 3, maybe 5...but in the end, the fruit will go bad, and people will lose their taste for the company. The cult members will find someone else to deify, and the company that rules the world today will find itself left to pick at some other company's scraps.

In short, the "golden age" of Apple is ending.




Tim Cook will be fine
By ShaolinSoccer on 8/24/2011 7:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm starting to see a pattern here.

Steve Jobs
Bill Gates

oh wait, he's not Tim Cooks. NEVERMIND!




Oh no!
By 2bdetermine on 8/24/2011 8:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
The sky is falling!!!




Sing it
By lagomorpha on 8/25/2011 9:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is deeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

...

Too soon?




We can only hope...
By Motoman on 8/24/2011 7:51:45 PM , Rating: 1
...that another con artist of his skill doesn't tip up over there, and that somehow the braindead Apple zombie armies wake up and smell the f%cking coffee.

I'm sorry that he's in poor health. But he's a detestable shyster and we can only hope the world gets better without him at the reins. This guy put PT Barnum to shame.




So sad
By DigitalFreak on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
I'm throwing a party
By ShaolinSoccer on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
Very sad news
By tayb on 8/24/11, Rating: -1
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997














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