Apple’s post-Steve Jobs leadership era began officially on Aug. 24, 2011 – five years ago tomorrow — with the announcement of his resignation and the appointment of Tim Cook as new CEO.
The news of his resignation, while not unexpected, was momentous.
Jobs made the announcement in a letter addressed to “the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community” and posted to the company’s website:
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.