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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO on Aug. 25, not long after Apple became the most valuable company in the United States, briefly passing Exxon Mobile.

Associated Press

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO on Aug. 25, not long after Apple became the most valuable company in the United States, briefly passing Exxon Mobile.

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into one of the world's most powerful companies, resigned as the company's CEO on Wednesday, saying he can no longer handle the job.

The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical problem for which he took an indefinite leave from his post in January. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has been named CEO.

In a letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community," Jobs said he "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."

Jobs' health has long been a concern for Apple investors who see him as an industry oracle who seems to know what consumers want long before they do. After his announcement, Apple stock quickly fell 5.4 percent in after-hours trading.

Earlier this month Apple became the most valuable company in America, briefly surpassing Exxon Mobil. At the market close Wednesday its market value was $349 billion, just behind Exxon Mobil's $358 billion.

The company said Jobs gave the board his resignation Wednesday and suggested Cook be named the company's new leader. Apple said Jobs was elected board chairman and Cook is becoming a member of its board.

Jobs, 56, shepherded Apple from a two-man startup to Silicon Valley darling when the Apple II, the first computer to really catch on for regular people, sent IBM Corp. and others scrambling to get their own PCs to market.

After Apple suffered a slump in the mid 1980s, he was forced out of the company. He was CEO at Next, another computer company, and Pixar, the computer-animation company that produced Toy Story on his watch, during the 10 years before he returned.

Apple was foundering before he returned, having lost $900 million in 1996 as Microsoft Windows-based PCs dominated the computer market. Apple's fortunes began to turn around with its first new product under his direction, the iMac, which launched in 1998 and sold about 2 million in its first 12 months.

Apple's popularity grew in the United States throughout the 2000s as the ever-sleeker line of iPods introduced many lifelong Windows users to their first Apple gadget. Apple created another sensation in 2007 with the iPhone.

The iPad was introduced less than a year and a half ago but has already sold nearly 29 million units. It has inspired myriad rivals in a tablet computer market that scarcely existed before Apple stepped in.

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