Apple CEO throws in towel


by Nick Whalen
Eagle Staff

As many people already know, Steve Jobs has announced that he has officially resigned as the CEO of Apple Inc. Jobs had also stated that he would like to be Chairman of the Board, Director and an employee for Apple as long as the board sees fit. The biggest question that remains from all of this is what will happen to Apple after Tim Cook completely takes over as CEO. Jobs had resigned due to his various health problems. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. Tim Cook had taken over as CEO during Jobs’ medical leave of absence to get the tumor surgically removed. A few years later in 2008, he had taken another medical leave of absence due to a hormone imbalance and he had later received a liver transplant that went perfectly fine.

Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California. He was later given up for adoption as a baby. In 1972, Jobs had graduated from High School and went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After one semester of school, he dropped out but still went to classes. On 1974, Jobs had gotten a job as a computer programmer for Atari Games so he could raise money to go to India. later that year, Jobs went India to go on a spiritual retreat, he had returned home as a Buddhist. After his return home, Jobs had gotten his old job at Atari back and programmed a circuit board for the game Breakout and split the money with his friend Steve Wozinak. In 1976, Jobs, Wozinak and Ronald Wayne had founded Apple Computers with the money he made from Atari and with some money from A.C. Markkula Jr. And later in 1984, Jobs had introduced the life changing computer called the Macintosh, which had become the first commercially successful computer with a graphical user interface.

In 1985, Jobs and the the current Apple CEO, John Sculley, had a big internal power struggle which inevitably lead into the lay-offs of several employees. In the end, Jobs had been relieved of his duties in Apple and had decided to make a fresh start. He later founded NeXT computers and had become a member of the board for Pixar Studios after he bought it from Lucas Arts in 1986. In 1996 Apple bought NeXT Computers which had then caused Jobs to come back to Apple as de facto Chief until CEO Gil Amelio was ousted. By 2000, Jobs had become CEO of Apple and had pushed the innovation of the Macintosh. In 2006, Jobs had become the Director of the Board for the Walt Disney Company after they had bought out Pixar.

Jobs has received many accolades in the past for his work with Apple such as the National Medal of Technology and a Jefferson Award for Public Service. Other accolades that Jobs had received include a rank of 17 in Forbes Magazine’s most powerful men, Financial Times’ person of the year, and a place in the California Museum’s Hall of Fame. Jobs will be missed as the company’s CEO, but the real question is what does the future that Tim Cook has envisioned hold for Apple.