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Woz talks about Jobs' absence, Cook's parents reflect

updated 09:40 pm EST, Mon January 19, 2009

Woz and Tim Cooks parents

Steve Wozniak, in an interview with NBC, voiced his opinion regarding Apple's immediate future in the absence of Steve Jobs, while an Alabama television news network, WKRG, had a chance to talk with the parents of the company's interim leader, Tim Cook, about their son's ascension in the business world. Wozniak defended the CEO's withholding of detailed personal information. "We should just trust him, what he says is what we ought to accept," he said, noting that people would want more and more information regardless of any explanation.

Wozniak provided positive insight for Jobs' leave of absence, noting that the experience could actually be good for the company. "What do you do when you rest, sometimes your mind floats." He suggested that the break could allow Jobs to develop "better concepts and products and ways that the future could be, the way that we live our lives ... more than almost any individual could, probably a great great thing for Apple."

The co-founder also pointed out that many products are likely in the production pipeline. The process can take years, ensuring that any new devices would remain undisturbed from when Jobs was actively taking part in the projects.

Wozniak dismissed the questions regarding Apple's long-term future without its iconic CEO as "way too hypothetical." He commented that the company has many other incredible people, "almost, in a way, followers of the Apple mentality, followers of Steve himself."

As Tim Cook again finds himself holding the reins at Apple through Steve's absence, his parents reflected about his childhood and many of the strengths that have contributed to his success. "He's the kinda fella that don't believe on giving up on nothing, he's a go-getter, a workaholic," his father said. "Anything he started, he finished. No matter what it was, if he got in it, he finished it." [Via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    aptly named...

    He's almost as bad as Jef Raskin (and even Andy Hertzfeld)... Why does anybody still listen to the "was" rather than take the other Steve, the "Iz" , at his word?

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why not?

    Like it or not Woz is still respected in the tech community. He knows a lot about the Apple culture. What he's saying here is that the Apple culture will go on without SJ there every single day. He says this is a good thing because it will build confidence in the crew there and they will know that the company does not live and die by Mr. Jobs alone. He's a great influence and pushes the envelope, but everything will not collapse if he doesn't show up for a day or 2.

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