∞ Steve Jobs: "Unfortunately, that day has come."

In a letter addressed to Apple’s Board of Directors and the Apple Community, Steve Jobs explained his decision to step down as CEO.

“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.”

Jobs’ comments are certainly ominous, implying that his health hasn’t improved since he stepped aside from day-to-day operations several months ago. But it’s good news that he plans to continue on as Chairman of Apple’s Board of Directors and as an employee.