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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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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.


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