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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive of the technology giant and will be replaced by chief operating officer Tim Cook.

Mr Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant following pancreatic cancer, said he could no longer meet his chief executive's duties and expectations.

The Silicon Valley legend will become chairman of the firm.

The 56-year-old has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since 17 January.

In a short letter to the board of Apple, Mr Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's chief executive, I would be the first to let you know.

"Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as chief executive 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.

Consumers react to Steve Jobs' resignation

"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."

Apple board member Art Levinson paid tribute to Mr Jobs' contribution to the company: "Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company."

'Hugely successful'

Apple shares have fallen 4.1% in the secondary listing in Frankfurt, having dropped more than 5% in after-market trading on New York's Nasdaq.

Analysts said the resignation was not unexpected, and would have little impact on the day-to-day running of the company.

"Steve is [still] going to be able to provide the input he would do as a chief executive," said Colin Gillis at BGC Financial.

"But Tim has been de facto chief executive for some time and the company has been hugely successful. The vision and the roadmap is intact."

This is a sad day for Apple and for the whole technology industry, as its most charismatic and successful leader of recent years brings down the curtain on an extraordinary career.

Steve Jobs addressed his brief letter of resignation not just to his company's board but to the Apple community - and millions worldwide will feel he was talking to them.

Forceful bosses whose personalities shape everything about their businesses are going out of fashion these days, for good reason many would say.

But Steve Jobs is a rare example of a chief executive who is synonymous with his company, a perfectionist who obsesses over every detail and has been the public face of just about every major product launch in the past decade.

It's difficult to imagine Apple without him - but he's leaving having revived what was an ailing business when he returned in the late 1990s, and turned it into the world's wealthiest company and one which has done more than any other in recent years to shape consumer technology.

Nor will customers see any real difference, analysts said.

"At the end of the day, consumers don't buy products from Apple because they're from Steve Jobs, they buy them because they meet their needs and they're good products, and they'll continue to do that," Michael Gartenberg from Gartner told the BBC.

The company has some big products on the horizon such as the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3.

But while Apple shares slid, shares in two of Apple's main Asian rivals gained. Taiwan-based phone maker HTC rose 4.1%, while South Korea's Samsung Electronics gained 3.2%.

The firms compete with Apple in the smartphone and tablet-PC sector, and have been involved in legal battles with Apple over patent rights.

The boss of another rival in the phone market paid tribute to Mr Jobs' work.

"Steve Jobs is a visionary in the computing industry," said Stephen Elop, chief executive of Nokia.

"We look forward to both Steve and his team having a positive impact on our industry for many years to come."

Apple II, '77 Macintosh, '84 Newton, '87 iMac, '98 iPod, '01 iPhone, '07 iPad, '10 Map: Tripoli

Apple II

Although this was not Apple's first home computer, the Apple II was the company's breakthrough product. Its MOS 6502 processor ran at 1MHZ and was supported by a maximum 48K RAM. Original retail price: $1298 (£780).


At a time when PCs were using text-based command line interfaces, Apple pioneered the use of moveable windows. The Macintosh's single integrated processor and monitor design is still used in the iMac line of computers.


Produced during Steve Jobs' period of absence from the company. The Newton organiser is now recognised as having paved the way for the iPhone. Slightly ahead of its time, the Newton was not hugely popular.


Steve Jobs marked his return to Apple with the iMac line of computers. Remembered more for their radical looks than technical specs, the iMac's multi-coloured shells were created by British designer Jonathan Ive.


MP3 players had been around for a couple of years. Apple simply refined their design with a compact, elegant and now iconic while package. The first model only had a 5GB hard drive - enough for 1,000 songs, according to Apple.


Apple's entry into the mobile market had been long anticipated. Again, the company took existing technologies - such as the touch screen - refined them and added a touch of design flair. It sent shockwaves through the industry, still being felt today.


Steve Jobs revealed that development on the iPad started before work on the iPhone. It sparked a deluge of tablet products from almost every computer and mobile maker. But the iPad remains the top seller with around 60% market share.
Revolutionary products

Mr Jobs is widely seen as the creative force that has driven Apple to become one of the world's biggest companies.

Thanks to innovative and hugely popular products such as the iPod, the iPhone and more recently the iPad, Apple has become one of the most sought after brands in the world.

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It is what happens two years down the line - predicting the next big thing and going for it - which is where Steve Jobs will be missed.”

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In the three months to the end of June, the company made a profit of $7.3bn on revenues of $28.6bn. It sold more than 20 million iPhones in the period and 9.25 million iPads.

The company recently became the most valuable US firm after its market capitalisation overtook that of oil company Exxon Mobil.

Mr Jobs co-founded Apple in the 1970s with Steve Wozniak, and its Macintosh computers became hugely popular in the 1980s.

In 1985, Mr Jobs left the company after falling out with colleagues, only to return in 1997 and begin Apple's transformation by launching the colourful iMac computer.

The iPod, which revolutionised the personal music-player market and spawned myriad copycat devices, was launched in 2002 and laid the foundations for the company's success over the past decade.

Next came the iPhone, which similarly revolutionised the smartphone market, while the iPad confounded some initial scepticism to prove hugely popular.

Many versions of these products have been launched while Mr Jobs has been on medical leave, and new versions that have been planned for months will not be affected by his departure, analysts said.


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    Comment number 195.

    "176 nieuw divil

    Wow, another brick hurled through the shopfront of reasoned debate!"

    I believe that happened when you chose to hurl the soubriquet "marxist" at everyone and anyone that disagreed with you in the slightest respect.

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    Comment number 194.

    Hell of a lot of venom from the anti-Mac brigade. What's the problem? If you don't like them then don't buy them. My MacBook does exactly what I want, efficiently and quickly. I feel no desire to berate my wife with her Dell laptop. She's happy, I'm happy. Calm down.

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    Comment number 193.


    I accept that Apple makes products that are very functional in the creative industries, but the iPod, iPad and iPhone are not the most functional devices in their respective markets. They are fashion statements.

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    Comment number 192.

    Steve Jobs possesses a number of exceptional talents; computer engineering, product design, marketing and the ability to run a hugely successful corporation. He's excelled at all of these, an exceedingly rare combination which combined almost amount to genius. I'm sorry about his ill health. Its very rare for a COO to make a good CEO though, so I wish Apple and Tim Cook well going forwards.

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    Comment number 191.

    Darren Shepperd - post 168
    Hear hear!! It is comforting to know that there are still people out there who value folk and community, rather than selfishness, greed and 'aren't I better than you, because I have the newest gizmo'. Technology is a tool, just like money, it has its place, but like clothes, it does not make a person. I cannot remember the proper quote about 'not maketh the man'.

  • Comment number 190.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 189.

    Steve Jobs - one of the business greats of all time without a question.

    To to turn any company into the most valuable in the US - regardless of whether you're an apple fan or not - is worthy of praise not matter what.

    So please please please drop the childish and ignorant apple-bashing for a least one day and celebrate a true 21st century great.

    Oh, I see its too late...and such bitterness too!

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    Comment number 188.

    182.Darren Shepperd - admittedly THAT was a huge **** up and even I can't see how Apple managed to let that one through. However, I can think of many other big names that have released a bad product. Generally though - tablets, phones, etc do function well - even if your options are restricted by Apple's stranglehold (I don't agree with everything Apple does)

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    Comment number 187.

    is this the new iQuit?

    Sorry, I have no love for a corporation like Apple who actively seeks such anti-trust activities and litigations as it has been of late.

    viva Samsung and HTC!

    Good riddance I say :)

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    Comment number 186.

    Is this a news item so important that it even begins to merit people's opinions?

    Come on, HYS team - get a life.

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    Comment number 185.

    173. Adam: "Beeb you give way too much coverage to Apple!"

    Rory always comes across as a slightly confused, quite nice sort of chap. Never quite seems to understand technology (not surprising, wrong background), but sort-of understands shiny plastic gadgets so sticks to the Apple safe ground, where not quite understanding is OK.

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    Comment number 184.

    "Darren Shepperd
    It took Columbia Data Products clean room reverse engineering of the IBM Bios to really start personal computers being available relatively cheaply to the masses."

    One cannot compress the history of PCs into 400 chars. IBM published the BIOS interfaces (I know I programmed to them in 1982) which made the reverse engineering much easier. It then was easy to clone.

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    Comment number 183.

    After Jobs left Apple the first time he created NeXTStep in 1989, which was hugely innovative, and indeed the computer that Tim Burner's Lee chose to build the first web server and browser.

    When NeXT folded it was a huge disappointment so the rise of Apple products has been a joy to watch, and to use.

    Good health Steve, thanks for making my working life easier.

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    Comment number 182.

    usable products?
    what world are you from planet apple?
    yes sure you can make a phone call on an iphone but only if you hold it the way SJ says you have too.
    sure you can go on the web but dont expect websites to work as SJ does not want them to.
    at what point is that making products that work the way they should and dont forget you pay well over the odds to be told what you cant do

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    Comment number 181.

    169.matt_bristol "No-one in history has convinced so many people that fashion is so much more important than function as Steve Jobs."

    Actually, Apple deliversfunction as well as fashion and they are only as successful because the function is what the users want. Someone here commented that Jobs decided what people wanted - well, isn't that also of facebook, twitter and the like.

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    Comment number 180.

    Re post 65 - you are being ironic aren't you? Surely you can't be criticizing people's intelligence and then spell intellectual as "interletual"?

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    Comment number 179.

    Farewell king of the sheeple! I'm sure there will be others to step into your shoes and take money from the gormless masses with their pointless antisocial bits of glass locked into 'seemless' anti-competitive services. To top it off you have strangled innovation and competition in technology with lawsuits now. If only the media didn't live up your backside, they might see you in a different light

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    Comment number 178.

    Total Mass Retain wrote: "But he did not achieve that by adopting your preferred business model (pay employees peanuts and treat them like monkeys). Innovation comes from unleashing the talents of your employees and rewarding them for it."

    Actually, that is a VERY good point. It also explains why many areas of UK industry have died out - complacency!

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    Comment number 177.

    155.Total Mass Retain
    Please check your history.
    While its true that big blue (IBM) made business machines they are not the ones who made the mass take up of personal computer's possible. It took Columbia Data Products clean room reverse engineering of the IBM Bios to really start personal computers being available relatively cheaply to the masses.

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    Comment number 176.

    167 Well, the cyclist of logic and common sense has just been dragged off his bike and beaten to a bloody pulp by a gang of digital looters!!

    Stop venting about topics you don't understand.


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