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]