Wozniak: Apple can function 'pretty well' without Jobs

Day-to-day operation is in capable hands, Woz says

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told the press in Singapore that Apple can continue without the day-to-day presence of CEO Steve Jobs, Bloomberg is reporting. Wozniak also described Jobs' latest medical leave of absence only a "partial" leave, since Jobs is still involved in major strategic decisions and has even issued press releases and hosted the introduction of the iPad 2 while on medical leave.

Wozniak, who said he last spoke with Jobs in January, said his former partner sounded good and that he's talked with people who are around Jobs regularly and feel he is doing well. Wozniak said that even if Jobs were to completely separate himself from the company for a period of time, the company would continue to be successful.

His remarks seemed to needle the press a bit for engaging in unsupported speculation, but suggested that "we" (meaning the public and the media themselves) have already examined the question of how Apple would function without Jobs and concluded the current executive team would run the company "pretty well."

Wozniak was in Singapore for a private speaking engagement. [via Bloomberg]

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  1. iphonerulez 03/12, 01:56am

    Apple's share price will probably drop like a stone once Steve Jobs steps down. It's not working to well right now and it's further away from its target prices than it ever was. Apple shareholders will be lucky to see $400 no matter how many iPads and iPhones are sold. Nobody is buying this damn stock because apparently it's too darn high.

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  1. Feathers 03/12, 07:00am

    Woz spoke to Steve in January? It is now mid March... To be honest, I don't understand why people still listen to him. What has he done in the past fifteen years except languish in the glow of what he did in the fifteen years before that. Dancing with the Stars???? Come on!

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  1. Raman 03/12, 09:53am

    Or Woz is lying because they don't want us to know who they'll be replacing Steve with. I agree that all Woz has been publicly doing is DWTS, handing out cool metal business cards, & riding the Segway but who else would they bring in after Steve was cryogenically preserved?

    They need a guy that is popular w Apples following and that guy might as well be the other Steve. If nothing other than to put a good face on AAPL.

  1. imactheknife 03/12, 12:53pm

    Your just an idiot who knows nothing. Apple's stock should be a five hundred + dollar stock. Investors are lucky to be able to jump in at this price. Stick to your Microsoft stock as thats a stock that is way over priced! What is it at $20 bucks these days???

  1. testudo 03/12, 12:56pm

    His remarks seemed to needle the press a bit for engaging in unsupported speculation,

    What??? The press was irritated with Woz for engaging in unsupported speculation? I'd be too. That's the reporters job to engage in stuff like that.

  1. testudo 03/12, 01:01pm

    To be honest, I don't understand why people still listen to him. What has he done in the past fifteen years except languish in the glow of what he did in the fifteen years before that. Dancing with the Stars???? Come on!

    Steve has hardly 'languished in the glow'. And if you're asked a question, you tend to respond. Should he have said "Well, I haven't helped create any gizmos in the last 15 years, so I shouldn't talk about it?

    I guess you'd be one of those people in the fifties going "Why do they keep talking to Albert Einstein. That theory he came up with was 40 years ago. What has he done lately!"

  1. tonewheel 03/12, 02:31pm

    "His remarks seemed to needle the press a bit for engaging in unsupported speculation..."

    And many on these threads as well...all the "expert" prognosticators sitting in their basements.

  1. thinkman 03/13, 01:02am

    Why is this man in the news? I think his shelf life expired years ago! Go away - back to Oz, Woz.

  1. CityGuide 03/14, 03:16am

    The Macintosh would not have been half the machine it was without the engineering by Woz. He has always been more engaged with intensely technical details than aesthetics. The DNA he brought to Apple is still evident in their products and software; the programs do as much of the the work as possible, as elegantly as possible, with the highest level of consistency and clarity as possible.

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