In a move that's shaken the tech world to its core, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he's stepping down. Though he's been appointed chairman, Jobs' role will be significantly reduced. It's not exactly a surprise, as the Apple co-founder and visionary took medical leave earlier this year. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He says he's no longer able to perform his duties as CEO.
Jobs' resignation is being viewed as the end of an era for Apple, whose name and products have been almost synonymous with its CEO. He first made the personal computer an iconic Apple product in the 1990s, and brought the lagging brand back to unprecendent heights of succcess in the 21st century with the iPod, iTunes, iPad...you name it. Jobs is revered as one of the world's most innovative businessmen, and few individuals have been so visionary, and so successful.
"I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Jobs said in his resignation letter. “And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role."