In a bit of news that managed to be both shocking and expected at the same time -- we've all been waiting for this day, it had to come eventually -- Steve Jobs resigned from his post as the CEO of Apple in a letter to his company's board of directors. His note, brief but moving, reminded Apple watchers that, among his many talents, Jobs can write.

The full text:

CUPERTINO, Calif.-August 24, 2011-To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

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.