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Apple publishes Steve Jobs' resignation letter

August 24, 2011 |  4:23 pm

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Apple Inc. announced Wednesday afternoon that Steve Jobs has stepped down as chief executive officer and shortly after published his resignation letter on its website.

Jobs addressed the letter to "the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community," writing:

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

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Photo: Steve Jobs, then Apple's CEO, waves at the conclusion of the launch of the iPad 2 on stage during an Apple event in San Francisco on March 2, 2011. Credit: Beck Diefenbach/Files/Reuters

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