Steve Jobs resigns from Apple (roundup)

Marking the end of an era, Jobs steps down as CEO of the iconic company he co-founded. COO Tim Cook, Jobs' fill-in during three medical leaves, will take over the reins.

CNET News staff
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Marking the end of an era, Jobs steps down as CEO of the iconic company he co-founded. COO Tim Cook, Jobs' fill-in during three medical leaves, will take over the reins.

Steve Jobs steps down from Apple

Jobs bids adieu as CEO of the iconic electronics company he co-founded 35 years ago. He has asked Apple's board to put Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook in his place.
• Text of resignation letter from Steve Jobs
• Text of Apple's press release on Jobs' resignation
• Tim Cook: 'Apple is not going to change'
(Posted in Apple Talk by Josh Lowensohn)
August 24, 2011 3:45 p.m. PT

Cook given 1 million share bonus as new Apple CEO

On his first week taking over as CEO for Apple, Tim Cook is awarded 1 million shares of company stock, worth some $383 million based on today's closing price.
(Posted in Apple Talk by Josh Lowensohn)
August 26, 2011 3:29 PM PDT

Steve Jobs will stay on Disney board (report)

Jobs' position on the Disney board is unchanged, says Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
(Posted in Apple by Greg Sandoval)
August 26, 2011 10:56 AM PDT

What could Apple look like three years from now

With Steve Jobs stepping away from his CEO role, CNET breaks down what the company could look like in the not-too-distant future.
• TechRepublic: Five reasons Apple won't be the same
• ZDNet: A look at Tim Cook's biggest hurdles ahead
(Posted in Apple by Roger Cheng)
August 25, 2011 5:30 p.m. PT

Jobs and the Apple MacBook: The laptop that changed (almost) everything

See how the MacBook line of laptops has managed to be both contrarian and influential at the same time.
(Posted in Crave by Dan Ackerman)
August 25, 2011 12:47 p.m. PT

What will Jobs do as Apple's chairman?

There are lessons to be drawn from other companies, but the inner workings of Apple are hard to decipher. CNET explains why.
(Posted in Wireless by Roger Cheng)
August 25, 2011 12:04 p.m. PT

"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."
--Steve Jobs in his letter of resignation

Apple designs that tug at our heartstrings

Or, how Steve Jobs banished beige, one computer at a time.
• Images: Apple's most emotional designs
(Posted in Crave by Rafe Needleman)
August 25, 2011 2:43 PM PDT

Woz: Jobs 'greatest technical leader we've ever seen'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says fellow co-founder Steve Jobs deserves credit for rebuilding Apple and creating iconic devices.
(Posted in Apple by Greg Sandoval)
August 25, 2011 8:40 a.m. PT

Apple stock opens lower, but not plummeting

The company's shares are down less than 2 percent in their first open following Steve Jobs' decision to step down as CEO of Apple.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
August 25, 2011 7:25 a.m. PT

Video roundup: The charisma of Steve Jobs

Here's a look back at Steve Jobs' career at Apple, in videos that capture his ability to grab an audience.
(Posted in Apple by Edward Moyer)
August 25, 2011 7:13 a.m. PT

Apple's product pipeline looks intact

Steve Jobs' resignation shouldn't change or slow down the company's game plan, which analysts say is in place for the next few years.
(Posted in Wireless by Roger Cheng)
August 25, 2011 6:42 a.m. PT

MoneyWatch: Apple poised for years of success

Among Steve Jobs' many legacies is that he is leaving his successor a company that is in excellent shape with a bright future for many years to come.
• Steve Jobs resigns from Apple: Four investor lessons
(Posted in Investment Insights by Dan Burrows)
August 25, 2011

The Steve Jobs era

Some notable moments for Jobs and his companies over the years.

Co-founds Apple with Steve Wozniak.

Apple introduces the Mac.

CEO John Sculley engineers Jobs' ouster from Apple.

Founds Next Computer (later becomes Next Software).

Buys computer graphics division of LucasFilm, to be renamed Pixar.

Returns to Apple as adviser when Apple buys Next Software

Named interim CEO of Apple.

Apple introduces iTunes software and the iPod; the iTunes store follows in 2003.

Disney buys Pixar; Jobs becomes largest shareholder.

Apple introduces the iPhone.

Takes 6-month leave of absence for medical reasons.

Apple introduces the iPad.

2011 (January)
Takes medical leave of absence.

2011 (August)
Resigns as CEO, becomes chairman. Tim Cook becomes CEO.

ZDNet: Apple's management bench enters the spotlight

If Apple is to keep leading the technology industry it will need strong performances from its management bench. Here's the cast.
• Analysts: Apple move expected, Cook a star, buy
• When does Apple's Tim Cook era really begin?
(Posted in Between the Lines by Larry Dignan)
August 25, 2011 3:52 a.m. PT

With Jobs out, what else will change at Apple?

Now that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of the company, there a number of things to keep an eye on in the coming months.
(Posted in Apple Talk by Josh Lowensohn)
August 24, 2011 8:43 p.m. PT

For Jobs, design is about more than aesthetics

commentary Many people misunderstand the design genius of Apple. Sure, it's products look gorgeous. But Apple's great success with design is creating experiences that its customers crave.
(Posted in Microsoft by Jay Greene)
August 24, 2011 7:21 p.m. PT

Tech leaders hail Apple's Jobs as an industry 'hero'

Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple is the end of an era of inspired gadget design and cool computing, execs say.
• Tech luminaries and others tweet about Steve Jobs
(Posted in Apple by Elinor Mills)
August 24, 2011 7:08 p.m. PT

Jobs resignation too soon for Apple shoppers

Shoppers in New York and San Francisco Apple stores said Jobs' recent public appearances led them to believe he might be coming back. Some say he is sure to influence company as chairman.
(Posted in Apple by Greg Sandoval)
August 24, 2011 7:06 p.m. PT

Steve Jobs: Thinking through his CEO legacy

ZDNet What were Steve Jobs' crowning moments as a leader and visionary at Apple? The iPod? The iPad? The iPhone? The Mac?
• ZDNet video: Apple's Steve Jobs in his own words
• BNET: Jobs leaves as Apple CEO--and takes the magic with him
(Posted in Between the Lines by Larry Dignan)
August 24, 2011 4:52 p.m. PT

A look at Tim Cook, the man replacing Steve Jobs

The man tapped as Apple's new CEO has filled in for Steve Jobs during three medical leaves of absence.
(Posted in Apple by Steve Musil)
August 24, 2011 4:30 p.m. PT

Steve Jobs at Apple: A retrospective (pictures)

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With Jobs leaving, Apple's fans grapple with their faith

With news of the Apple CEO's departure shocking the tech world, many are wondering whether the company's parade of hit products can last without him or if his design and marketing philosophies are now "baked" in.
(Posted in Geek Gestalt by Daniel Terdiman)
August 24, 2011 6:02 p.m. PT

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: It's complicated

As Jobs steps down as Apple's chief executive, his legacy will be measured in part by how he led the company to partner with, compete against and ultimately surpass Microsoft in profits and market value.
(Posted in Microsoft by Jay Greene)
August 24, 2011 5:56 p.m. PT

How much has Steve Jobs' Apple bitten you?

As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs turned the music industry upside down and created one of the world's most valuable companies. Along the way he changed plenty of lives, too.
(Posted in Crave by Eric Mack)
August 24, 2011 6:27 PM PT

See more stories, and a poll, below the videos.

Steve Jobs retrospective
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Steve Jobs on "60 Minutes" in 2003

The historical record

Apple's iPad: What you need to know

Apple finally delivers a tablet computer, calling it the iPad. Find out more about it, and Apple's other announcements in this roundup.
• Apple iPad tablet makes debut (live blog)
(Posted in Apple by Josh Lowensohn)
January 27, 2010 12:29 p.m. PT

Remembering the '1984' Super Bowl Mac ad

Twenty-five years ago, the landmark commercial paved the way for big-budget television advertisements and brought Apple into the mainstream.
(Posted in The Social by Caroline McCarthy)
January 23, 2009 4:00 a.m. PT

Finally, Apple answers call for iPhone

After years of speculation, Apple reveals its iPod mobile phone, as well as a home networking device, at Macworld. Photos: Steve Jobs reveals the iPhone
• Apple launches iTunes for Windows
(Posted at CNET News by Tom Krazit, Jennifer Guevin, and Michelle Meyers)
January 9, 2007 1:50 p.m. PT

Steve Jobs' rise to movie mogul

In 1991, a younger Jobs said it had long been his "dream" to distribute Pixar films though Disney. Now he's Disney's largest shareholder.
(Posted at CNET News by John Borland and Ina Fried)
January 24, 2006 2:19 p.m. PT

How the Mac was born, and other tales

Q&A Mac co-creator Andy Hertzfeld talks with CNET about the early days, open-source software, the iPod and Steve Jobs' parking habits.
(Posted at CNET News by Scott Ard)
January 11, 2005 4:00 a.m. PT

Apple unveils music store

The Mac maker's new digital music service offers downloads for 200,000 songs at 99 cents each, with unlimited CD burning and iPod transfers--among the most liberal licensing terms to date.
• Apple launches iTunes for Windows
(Posted at CNET News by John Borland)
April 28, 2003 12:16 p.m. PT

25 Apple stores to sprout this year

The computer maker plans to open retail stores across the United States by the end of the year, CEO Steve Jobs announces.
• Apple launches iTunes for Windows
(Posted at CNET News by Joe Wilcox)
May 15, 2001 4:30 p.m. PT

Jobs takes Apple CEO job full time

Steve Jobs says he'll drop the "interim" from his title, capping a two-and-a-half-year search for a full-time chief.
(Posted at CNET News by Jim Davis and Michael Kanellos)
January 5, 2000 11:30 p.m. PT

Microsoft to invest $150 million in Apple

Unlikely bedfellows Bill Gates and Steve Jobs join to announce Microsoft's $150 million investment in Apple and extensive agreements.
(Posted at CNET News by Dawn Kawamoto, Ben Heskett, and Mike Ricciutti)
August 6, 1997 3:05 p.m. PT

What happens Next?

In Apple's industry-rocking merger with Next, it is unclear what Gil Amelio wants most out of the deal: an operating system or Steve Jobs.
• Apple acquires Next, Jobs
(Posted at CNET News by Jim Davis and Anthony Lazarus)
December 20, 1996 10:45 p.m. PT