August is typically a slow news month for any industry, but in the past week alone, the tech world has witnessed the Google-Motorola deal, the demise of HP's PC and webOS businesses, and now the resignation of Apple's Steve Jobs.
Jobs' ailing health has forced him to hand over the iconic company to Tim Cook, effective immediately. Jobs had been on a medical leave of absence since January, but made several public appearances in recent months, including the launch of the iPad 2 and at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), where he provided a glimpse of Mac OS X Lion and the upcoming iOS 5.
Not surprisingly, Jobs' resignation was big news, and media outlets all over the country seized on the story. Newspaper front pages all over the country featured Jobs' photo, with some taking a somber tone and others going the pun route: iQuit and iResign, for example.
California papers gave the news the most play. The San Francisco Chronicle featured a large Apple logo with Jobs in shadow. "Steve Jobs steps down as CEO, leaving the tech world - and fans of the products he dreamed up - wondering what Apple will be without him," the paper mused.
San Francisco's The Examiner mulled over a "Jobs-less" world, while the San Jose Mercury News said "Apple leader's resignation raises concerns for his health and the company's future."
Palo Alto's Daily News took the pun route, with a headline that quipped, "Apple loses its core." The paper featured two front-page stories on Jobs' departure, including a piece on how Jobs shaped Silicon Valley culture.