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Steve Jobs leaves the building, again
Jan 17th 2011, 16:31 by The Economist online | SAN FRANCISCO
THE serious health problems that Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs, has been struggling with over the past few years have not, alas, gone away. On January 17th the company released the following e-mail, sent by its chief executive to all employees:
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.
Mr Jobs’s stepping aside comes at a sensitive time for the company, which has enjoyed stunning success with its iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, but also faces some formidable competitors. Apple has so far released no further details on the exact reasons for his medical leave, or how long he’s expected to be away, but in 2004 Mr Jobs had surgery following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, then in 2009 he took a six-month leave of absence during which he received a liver transplant. Since then he has appeared reinvigorated and has wowed audiences with his trademark salesmanship when unveiling everything from iPads to new versions of the company’s Macintosh computers.
His 2009 absence gave Apple an opportunity to try out a temporary management arrangement that it is set to use again, with Mr Cook, the chief operating officer (pictured, left, with Mr Jobs), taking over the helm but Mr Jobs continuing to play a leading role in strategic decisions. Last time round, this division of labour worked extremely well and Mr Jobs was back in time to mastermind the launch of the iPad. For his efforts, Mr Cook was rewarded with a package of cash and stock options worth over $59m last year.
Apple’s shareholders would no doubt be happy to hand over that amount and more to Mr Cook if he can once again keep Apple’s innovation machine running smoothly. Unlike last year, when it launched the iPad, Apple isn’t expected to unveil any new blockbuster products in 2011. Instead, it is likely to come up with tweaks to its existing lines. A new version of the iPad is rumoured to be in the works for the spring, and many Apple observers think the company will launch the next generation of its wildly popular iPhone, the iPhone 5, in the summer. More clues about these and other projects may be available when it reveals its results on January 18th.
Given that Apple isn’t in new-launch mode, the absence of Mr Jobs from day-to-day operations, assuming it is temporary, is unlikely to have a big impact on the firm in the short term. But throughout this year competition will become stiffer in a whole host of areas in which Apple is active. For instance, by the summer a large number of tablet computers based on Google’s Android platform are likely to have come to market. Apple’s shareholders and its employees will be hoping that the wizard who helped turn it into such a huge success story will be back at the helm in time to write the next chapter in one of technology’s most impressive tales.