to the apple board of directors and the apple community:
i have always said if there ever came a day when i could nolonger meet my duties and expectations as apple's ceo, i would be the first tolet you know. unfortunately, that day has come.
i hereby resign as ceo of apple. i wouldlike 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 ilook forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
i have made some of the best friends of mylife at apple, and i thank you allfor the many years of being able to work alongside you. steve
(source: apple inc.)