Steve Jobs resigns as CEO, named chairman


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Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesdayresigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.

Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent in after-hours trade after the pancreatic cancer survivor and industry icon, who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since Jan. 17, announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.
Analysts do not expect Jobs resignation which had long been foreseen to derail the companys fabled product-launch roadmap, including possibly a new iPhone in September and a third iteration of the iPad tablet in 2012.
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apples CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come, he said in a briefletter announcing his resignation.
The 55-year-old CEO had briefly emerged from his medical leave in March to unveil the latest version of the iPad and later to attend a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for technology leaders in Silicon Valley.
Jobs often-gaunt appearance has sparked questions about his health and his ability to continue at Apple.
I will say to investors: dont panic and remain calm, its the right thing to do. Steve will be chairman and Cook is CEO, said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis.
Apple shares slid to $357.40 in extended trading after a brief halt. They had gained 0.7 percent to close at $376.18 on the Nasdaq.
Analysts again expressed confidence in the Apple bench, headed by longtime company No. 2 and supply-chain maven Cook.
Investors are very comfortable with Tim Cook even though Jobs has been a driver of innovation and clearly an Apple success. Tim has shown Apple can still outperform extremely well when hes been acting as CEO, said Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross.
I dont know if its a health issue. I dont know if it is a shock. Most likely it was going to happen at some point. Why today versus another day? I dont know.


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Steve Jobs quits as Apple chief

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