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Jobs declines to talk on returning to Apple

updated 09:20 am EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Circumstances of medical leave remain unaddressed

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is still refusing to say when he might return to work full-time, an excerpt from his Wednesday interview reveals. "Look, we're here to talk about location today, not me," the executive is quoted as saying. On-record topics included not only the iOS location file scandal but the 10-month delay of the white iPhone 4.

Apple officials have remained quiet on Jobs' medical leave since it began in January. On top of not giving a timeline, the company has also offered no details on Jobs' condition, leading to investor worries that the CEO might never resume full-time duties. The leave is Jobs' third since 2004, when he was first treated for pancreatic cancer. Although surgery appeared to have been successful, he has had recurring issues since.




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  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Good Role

    Somehow I see what has actually happened since the "leave" started as being just fine for Apple. He is clearly still calling the important shots, he still ends up speaking for the company, he just doesn't do day-to-day (and given his history, that may be exactly where he SHOULD NOT be). I'd actually be more concerned if he DID return to day to day.

    And I am speaking NOT as a Jobs fanboi, I still have serious issues with SOME of the things he/they do... but my business sense says there is a good balance right now and there's no reason to force it to be something different. Seriously, this kind of arrangement may not ever work at most Fortune 200 companies, but it sure seems to work in Cupertino.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Doubt it

    I seriously doubt he will ever return to Apple to work day-to-day. He probably doesn't have much longer to live, so why should he spend it working at the office when he can make the big decisions from home. Plus, Apple needs to ween itself from Jobs soon so that they can learn to live without him while practicing what he taught them, business wise.

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