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  (Source: Wall Street Journal)
After years of leadership Jobs isn't about to give up Apple

After being out of the spotlight for months, Steve Jobs -- Apple CEO, founder, and guiding hand -- will soon be returning from his health leave

A pioneer of the digital revolution, Mr. Jobs has been suffering from complications surrounding the pancreatic surgery, which he had several years ago to remove cancer.  The operation spared his life, but according to a knowledgeable party left him unable to properly gain nutrition.  The source states, "He was one real sick guy.  Fundamentally he was starving to death over a nine-month period. He couldn't digest protein. [But] he took corrective action."

That turnaround is good news for Apple's fans.  After all, it was Jobs that masterminded Apple's best-selling products -- the iconic iPod, the iPhone, and the MacBook Air -- a product trio that returned Apple to a leading position in the electronics industry.  Apple's fans are hoping Mr. Jobs will show up at Apple's San Francisco WWDC conference which starts Monday.  It is widely expected that Apple will announce new hardware at the conference, including a new iPhone, and potentially new iPods or Mac computers.

Richard Doherty, an analyst at technology consultancy Envisioneering Group, doesn't believe Mr. Jobs will be at the conference.  He states, "He likes to surprise people, but we don't think that's likely to happen at WWDC."

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling merely commented, "We look forward to Steve returning to Apple at the end of June."

However, some believe that Apple will do fine whether he comes back or not -- they point to Apple's success on the stock market in the past several months.  States Mike Binger, a fund manager at Minneapolis-based Thrivent Asset Management, "I think it's becoming less and less of a key variable.  This past time period has proven that Apple as an entity can survive without Steve Jobs going to work on a daily basis."

However, it’s hard to separate Jobs from Apple and Apple from Jobs, and it seems likely the two will soon be reunited.  Stay tuned next week to see if there are any surprises.

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Brilliant Idea
By oTAL on 6/5/2009 11:29:33 AM , Rating: 5
I'll create a new electronics company and name them Orange. My CEO will be Steve Welfare.
Apple will have Jobs, but I will have Welfare, and we all know there are many people that prefer Welfare to Jobs.

RE: Brilliant Idea
By SlipDizzy on 6/5/2009 11:52:56 AM , Rating: 3
I'll pretty much buy anything that is shiny with an Orange logo on it.

RE: Brilliant Idea
By chmilz on 6/5/2009 12:00:24 PM , Rating: 4
That sh*t's bananas!

RE: Brilliant Idea
By Orac4prez on 6/5/2009 9:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
That's ish*t, and is a hard job getting into their products in abundance!

RE: Brilliant Idea
By 67STANG on 6/5/2009 7:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Including an OrangeBook Wheel?

RE: Brilliant Idea
By dflynchimp on 6/5/2009 12:36:37 PM , Rating: 3
But will it [solve]run [Economy]Crysis?

RE: Brilliant Idea
By BZDTemp on 6/6/2009 6:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
To late you better get ready to be sued by Orange it's a little phone company with 182 million customers :-)

Hope he has made a full recovery...
By Luticus on 6/5/2009 11:05:06 AM , Rating: 2
I normally sit in the Windows camp and sometimes I’m all for Linux, but rarely do I ever have anything good to say about Apple. However, I do sincerely hope that Jobs makes a full recovery and is able to return to his company. I know if I created a company from the ground up what would hurt the most is not being able to be a part of it.

RE: Hope he has made a full recovery...
By marvdmartian on 6/5/2009 11:22:07 AM , Rating: 4
I wonder if he spent his health leave time inventing the iPancreas??? If so, he'll be a bazillionaire in no time!!

RE: Hope he has made a full recovery...
By ipay on 6/5/2009 1:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
+1 for the mental image of an iPancreas... and of Jobs giving a keynote speech about it.

By rtk on 6/6/2009 2:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
Talk about your painful upgrade process!

By ChristopherO on 6/5/2009 10:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm curious what Jobs thinks about Apple. From firsthand experience I can tell you that you focus on your passions (and lots of prayer if you believe in it), and those are what get you through the rough spots... I was diagnosed earlier this year with cancer, and am going to spend almost all of 09 fighting it.

I also used to hate the guy, thinking he was a fool with an ego, but once I was in the same "fraternity" I kept wishing him well and hoping he made it back. No one deserves cancer (or the long term side effects).

Anyway, I hope he had spent the past few months having quality time with his family. He's been working his whole adult life, and I think all of them earned time together. The big question is if he's passionate about Apple, or if he'll take a few steps back. I think the past few months have shown he can step away and not risk the long-term viability of the company.

Granted, out of pure selfishness, I'm hoping he would step back and do something philanthropic with cancer research. What Gates is to education and AIDS, Jobs could be to cancer research.

Lance Armstrong might be a great spokesperson, but we need more people like him willing to dedicate his life to it before we can find a cure to this disease.

Regardless what happens, I'm glad Steve made it and is apparently doing okay.

MacBook Air?
By nowayout99 on 6/5/2009 1:38:23 PM , Rating: 3
Since when was the MB Air part of the "trio that returned Apple to a leading position in the electronics industry"?

It's not even all that popular. The iMac line itself had far more to do with it than the Air.

RE: MacBook Air?
By maverick85wd on 6/6/2009 5:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
not only that, MP3 players were already getting pretty popular when the iPod came out. And once they had iPods, turning one into a phone was a bit of a no-brainer. I'm sure many people would have done the same thing if they had a computer company to launch their ideas.

RE: MacBook Air?
By Pudro on 6/8/2009 12:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
You miss the point. Most ideas are easy to come by. It is the successful implementation that is the hard part.

On an unrelated note, this is why patents are often so harmful, as they reward the easy part and get in the way of the hard part.

By BigToque on 6/5/2009 2:41:18 PM , Rating: 3
I'm sure that even though Jobs isn't in charge at the moment, he still has a significant influence. The way the company runs is pretty much defined by Jobs, just in the way Microsoft was defined by Gates.

I honestly wonder what both Apple and Microsoft will be like in say 10-20 years when the company has no real ties to the people that made the companies what they were.

By excelsium on 6/6/2009 11:06:59 AM , Rating: 2
Once the vision has been created, others just have to follow it for eternity.

By Pudro on 6/8/2009 12:32:14 AM , Rating: 2
That worked out great for Jesus. So, how long until the iCrusades?

He looks like Christian Bale
By fcx56 on 6/5/2009 10:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
in The Machinist

RE: He looks like Christian Bale
By Smilin on 6/5/2009 12:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
you know that slipped by me until after I already posted.

"Steve jobs returns .. in The Machinist"

The Return of the King
By akugami on 6/5/2009 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Hope Jobs does better. He may be an egotistical maniac but it's his vision that has propelled Apple forward. Love him or hate him, he has a pretty good idea of what to put in a product to make it sell.

Yes, he's not a techie or engineering type like "the other Steve" but it's undeniable that without his vision and guidance, Apple would not have gotten started nor would Apple be where it is today.

RE: The Return of the King
By nayy on 6/5/2009 5:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
he has a pretty good idea of what to put in a product to make it sell.

An apple logo?

Actually I have to admit that he is absurdly good at what he does at apple(what ever that is) and that the industry could very well use acouple more of his kind.

Stupid Vegan
By Lord 666 on 6/5/2009 11:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
Meat is for people.

Well this does it
By Smilin on 6/5/2009 11:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
This should dispell all doubt. If Jobs was the one he would have arisen after 3 days instead of a few months.


Tip: to avoid leaving incriminating marks be sure to wad up your mods in a pillow case before beating me down with them.

Jobs not needed?
By chrisld on 6/6/2009 12:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
"...This past time period has proven that Apple as an entity can survive without Steve Jobs going to work on a daily basis."

That's like saying we close the schools for the summer vacation and the country ran just fine so now we don't need schools anymore.

The strategy and product planning of today takes 2-5 years to become a product and gain market share. The person who thinks that someone leaving for a couple of months proves he's not needed is clearly totally naive when it comes to business.

I know this first hand having worked in large companies making consumer products.

Moral of the Story
By ipay on 6/5/2009 7:41:16 PM , Rating: 1
That vegan stuff will kill you every time.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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