What a total surprise (kidding!).
In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that “as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.”
That Chrome OS was the last straw, I’d warrant. From my earlier coverage:
” At the very least, it feels like it’s time for Eric Schmidt to leave Apple’s board.”