I can’t believe it. I knew that he had health problems, but I still cannot believe that he has stepped down. It’s not everyday that the CEO of the largest (in terms of net worth) company in the world steps down. In the letter though it sounded as if he would continue on as a head member of the board, just not run the show.
Over all I don’t think this should really change things all that much for Apple. Steve will still be around, helping, making sure that everything goes as should. He just won’t be in the spotlight on a day to day basis. Though I have not purchased many Apple products as of late, I still recommend them to family as they “just work” and you know your getting a good product. I think the tech world and all us geeks will be sad to see him gone, but wish him the best of luck going forward.
Further reading: NYT – Jobs Steps Down at Apple, Saying He Can’t Meet Duties