Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

What does Steve Jobs stepping down mean for Apple, smart phones and the tech industry?

Throughout the summer, we’ve discussed the widespread usage of NFC technology being based off of the iPhone 5’s NFC features. While this question is yet to be answered, the resignation of Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, has investors, techies, mac-elitists and the blogosphere all aflutter. The release of the iPhone 5 has still yet to be given an exact date, and has already been delayed a month. Will Jobs’ resignation further slow the process?

In his resignation letter, Jobs states, “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.” Assumptions cannot help but look to his declining health due to pancreatic cancer. In his letter, Jobs also states who will replace him: “As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.” But, who exactly is Tim Cook? And can anyone really replace Steve Jobs? In response to this question, Cook himself stated, “No. He’s irreplaceable.”

While the news of Steve Jobs’ resignation has shocked the world, many are left wondering about not only the long-term, but also the short term–how will this affect the launch of the iPhone 5? Some say the launch won’t be changed at all, but seeing as how it’s already been delayed, no one can be too sure. And, when the iPhone 5 is released, will it use NFC technology?

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