We’re picking some some of the more meaningful reactions to today’s news. It’s important to remember that Jobs isn’t gone from Apple, he’s Chairman Jobs now.
Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs will stay on the board of Disney.
Apple’s Steve Jobs is said to be remaining on Disney’s board
The WSJ reports (they have a nice Jobs quotes as well):
People familiar with the situation have said that Mr. Jobs continues to be active at Apple and is closely involved in the company’s product strategy. Apple watchers don’t expect that to change even after Mr. Cook takes over.
Bloomberg, however, just reported that Jobs had been weak and housebound for several weeks but worked and attended today’s board meeting…
The iPhone Dev Team says “they loved the chase” referring to the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Statement Jobs made on jailbreakers a few years ago. IT is signed from jailbreakers and tinkerers everywhere. Obviously Woz and Jobs got their start this way.
Daring Fireball puts Apple, Inc into perspective as Steve Jobs’ greatest creation.
..the same things that define Apple’s products apply to Apple as a whole. The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”
Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.
Woz (talking to Bloomberg): “Jobs once told him that it was his life’s plan to bring to technology to the world.” He also said the iPhone was Apple and Jobs’ greatest creation.
Still unimaginable: that Jobs was the most important person in personal technology both in 1978 and in 2011.
And then there is Steve and Apple — a leader and a company not afraid to take the long view, patiently building its way to the future it envisions for itself. Not afraid to invent the future and being wrong. And almost always willing to do one small thing — cannibalize itself. Under Steve, Apple was happy to see iPhone kill the iPod and iPad kill the Macbook. He understands, you don’t walk into the future by looking back — if you do, you trip over yourself and break your nose. Just look at Hewlett-Packard, and you know what I am talking about.
For a great background story on Tim Cook, not much is better than his Auburn commencement speech
Gizmodo: Why Steve Jobs picked the perfect time to resign
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