So finally the other shoe dropped. Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
For most people, Steve Jobs was Apple. So the big question everyone’s asking is, where will Apple go from here?
Well, for the next two years or so, nothing much will change. Apple’s roadmap will be pretty much defined by Jobs till then. After that, no one can really tell. Apple’s current products will certainly continue to evolve, but it is impossible to know if Apple can continue to create new ground-braking products like the iPhone and the iPad in the post-Jobs era.
It is highly possible that we are going to see at least one completely new product line from Apple sometime in the next two years. That will be the new CEO’s – Tim Cook’s – pet project, which he’ll almost certainly be forced to make, just to prove to the board and to the shareholders that he can innovate just as well as Jobs.
As for Jobs, his sudden resignation does not bode well for his health. Jobs is a mercurial personality (to put it mildly) and he’d never willingly release control of Apple if there wasn’t some very serious reason. Given his precarious state of health in the last few years, it is highly possible that he has taken a turn for the worse.