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The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “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.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. Cook has stepped into the role on a temporary basis when Jobs has been forced to take medical leave, first to battle pancreatic cancer in 2004, then for a liver transplant in 2009, and finally again this January, when health concerns again sidelined Jobs.

Jobs, 56, co-founded Apple in 1976, developing some of the world’s first home-use computers, and again revolutionized the technology world with iPods, iPhones, and iPads, which led to the creation of countless Apps and reduced CD and DVD collections — as well as entire Rolodexes — to those tiny, ubiquitous metal boxes we all carry with us. He was also the co-founder of another entertainment giant — the animation company Pixar.

The exact reason for Jobs’ resignation was not immediately clear, though his health has been a major factor in his ability to work in recent years.

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