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Does a Steve Jobs appearance at Sept. 9th iPod event really matter?

  • September 1, 2009 7:39 am

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Since Steve Jobs went on medical leave from Apple over 6+ months ago, many speculated the grand unveiling of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone OS 3.0 would see his triumphet return to the world of fruited gadgets. For many, their excitement and hope came to a screeching hault when it was Phil Schiller doing the majority of the big talking instead of the crowd favorite, Steve. With the next big event, the iPod announcement coming on September 9th, the rumor machine is again churning out so called stories of insiders saying that Steve will in fact be back and make an appearance at the show. While I am no doubt a fan of Steve’s stage presence and ability to build excitement and hype, Apple has been doing just fine without the iconic figure in the spotlight. Sure these upcoming events seem to be more fun and more spectacular when Steve is up on stage giving the announcements and revealing new products, but as many also speculated, once the initial scare propaganda and stomach pains of Steve-lessness passed, Apple continued on with business as usual. One could even argue that Apple is better without Mr. Jobs in the spotlight as the companies shareholders and stock price are much more steady and consistant — a stark contrast to just one year ago when controversy erupted over Steve’s health sending stock prices on a violent roller coaster ride up and down daily.

So it begs the quesiton, we all know that Apple is bigger than Steve jobs. As much as some may not want to accept it, Apple is prepping itself for the future without him. While I highly doubt he will leave voluntarily through his own wishes or of others in the near term, we are all humans and don’t live forever. Now that the world has seen Apple go through the symbolic action of losing the star player, recouped, and again conducting business as usual with just as much hype and excitement, the next time Steve leaves, either on his own terms or less fortunate natural ones, Apple as a company will carry on more smoothly with less intertuptions.

So while many are kicking up hype over Steve’s return, we can all ask ourselves, “Does it really matter?”

BREAKING!: Steve Jobs taking a medical leave of absence!

  • January 14, 2009 5:00 pm

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Yes, Steve Jobs is stepping aside until June of this year because of health related issues.  The rumors that have been circulating for many weeks now about the severity of his illness are now starting to come to light.  Accordig to Alley Insider quoting an email sent out by Steve himself, the problems with his health are “more complex” than he and his doctors originally thought. What does this mean for Apple, and who will fill in for Steve?  Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will step in and take care of daily chores for Steve.  If you recall, Tim stepped in last time Steve took a leave of absence and did a good job.  Steve will still be included in major company decisions.  His decision comes with much thought for himself as well as Apple the company and what is best for all parties.  Best intentions aside, Apple’s stock has reportedly plunged in after hours trading by more than 10%!  A potentially bad day for Apple investors awaits at tomorrows opening bell on the trading floor.  Click through to read the full account from an email Steve himself sent out to Apple employees regardig the decision as well as other details surrounding the matter.

It’s ok folks, Steve is going to be O.K.!

  • January 5, 2009 9:51 am

Steve Jobs has come out to the Apple community in a rare occasion describing his current health situaation.  Health rumors have been again circulating in recent weeks since the announcement of Steve’s absence from Macworld.  Many reports have foretold of certain death for the iconic CEO.  But is he really on his deathbed?  Not quite, according to an article posted on Gizmodo, Steve addressed the Apple community saying:

“Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause — a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for
Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.

Steve”

So there you have it.  Steve will live to see another day.  On a darker note, Apple PR has lied to us yet again.  However this isn’t surprising as big companies such as Apple often try to push rumors of ill CEO’s off as irrelevant or untrue to avoid stock prices from plummeting as they have in the past.  If Apple isn’t careful, continually lying to the public is going to tarnish their image and make them less credible.  In the end it is good to hear Steve is recovering and got to spend time with his family.  Get well soon Steve!

Source: Gizmodo , Bloomberg