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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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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.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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