updated 04:55 pm EDT, Tue August 2, 2011
Executive concentrating on 'big-picture issues'
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has stopped his trademark micromanagement, at least temporarily, says Creative Strategies' Tim Bajarin. The analyst is in regular communication with upper management at Apple, and claims to have learned Jobs' present work habits indirectly. "They tell me he calls in regularly," according to Bajarin. "He talks to Tim [Cook], he talks to the top guys, he talks about the Apple stores. But while he used to micromanage everything in ways that most CEOs would not, right down to issues with the company cafeteria, the big change with his latest leave is that there's less micromanagement and more management of his executive team and the big-picture issues."
Jobs is currently on this third medical leave from Apple, which began in January. The executive is infamous for tightly controlling every aspect of Apple products, to the extent of being credited in a number of US patents. Analysts and investors have worried that should Apple lose Jobs as CEO, the company will also lose the direction that has made it one of the world's richest corporations.
The state of Jobs' health is unknown, as neither he nor Apple have released any details. The current leave is his longest ever though, trumping his second, during which he received a liver transplant. At the time Apple drew fire for keeping Jobs' condition secret; rather than admitting any connection to complications from pancreatic cancer, the leave was initially claimed to be related to a hormone imbalance.