Wow – this just in that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apples CEO. No it’s not April 1st, it is in fact real – either that or Yahoo are playing tricks on us.
I wonder just how much an impact this will really make on Apple though. Thinking back to when Bill Gates announced he was stepping down from his CEO role @ Microsoft, it was a challenging time for sure. Some might say that when Bill did that, that Microsoft really become “just another software company” and some have suggested that Bill’s departure has left Microsoft wandering on it’s path for Windows everywhere.
One can only wonder if the same might happen with Apple. Without Jobs who was seen as the visionary that resurrected Apple to what it is today, will Apple really be the same in 5 years time? With the launch of the iPhone 5 coming soon, and the iPad 3 and rumours of new iMac about to be released, it’s certainly a good point for Jobs to stand down. At least the sales of those new toys won’t tank due to the new leader and the new leader will get a few months to really settle into the job before having the focus of the world turned upon him.
Good luck Mr Jobs – I hope that retirement helps your help recover.