Steve Jobs health forced him to leave Apple for an indeterminate length of time. However at he rests at home, he is closely involved in the upcoming iPad and the new version of the iPhone.
Apple have made a statement, when Jobs left saying that he would still be involved in the companies strategic decisions and product development. He is apparently holding business meetings at his home and on the phone. He has also made appearances at the Cupertino Calif campus and around Palo Alto California with a company executive in tow.
The Wall Street Journal had reported that Jobs continues to work on ‘the next version of the iPad tablet computer, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer’.
Stand in CEO and company COO Tim Cook doesn’t appear to have been making any changes while Jobs is absent. Those who have seen the dynamic leader recently have said he still looks gaunt and rather ill but that Apple and Jobs ‘appear to be going about things in much the same way as they did during his previous medical leave, at the time of his transplant.’
Before Jobs took the medical leave, he was apparently only coming into the office for two days a week and that he was suffering from immune system issues which are commonplace with people who have received liver transplants.
Apple application developers are wondering if Jobs will come back to give the keynote speech at WWDC.
KitGuru says: Many feel that Apple’s future is not so positive without Steve Jobs in the leadership role, but Tim Cook has a proven track record, even if he hasn’t been truly given the opportunity to do so at Apple yet.