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Steve Jobs' resignation letter

Steve Jobs had been rumored to be making an appearance following the launch of the iPad 2, but he surprised everyone when he walked onstage Wednesday in San Francisco to handle the presentation himself as usual. Jobs got a brief but heartfelt standing ovation from the crowd inside the Novellus Theater. Jobs said he is so passionate about the iPad 2 that he just had to be there.
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Steve Jobs, file
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This is the full text of the resignation letter sent by Steve Jobs to the Apple board:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

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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