Steve Jobs still involved in Apple’s operations, as promised
By Dan Moren
Steve Jobs may be on a health-related leave of absence, but that doesn’t mean his presence isn’t still felt. Sure, maybe Apple employees are able to use elevators without having panic attacks. And maybe the all-turtleneck all-the-time campus dress code has been relaxed a little (Friday reputedly is now wear-a-button-down-shirt-or-a-turtleneck-if-you-prefer day). But, still, you’d better not suggest putting buttons on a device, lest you find yourself on the receiving end of a wrathful Jobs video-iChat conference.
The Journal says that Jobs has had a hand in developing future products, such as new models of iPhones, the iPhone 3.0 interface, and a “a portable device that is smaller than its current laptop computers but bigger than the iPhone or iPod Touch.” Interestingly enough, those all happen to be the examples given under the definition of “major strategic decision” (in my dictionary, anyway—I realize that you may not all have a copy of Moren’s Third Edition Glossry of Apple Business Terms on your desk, though).
Jobs has kept clear of the limelight since beginning his leave of absence; there’s been nary a statement or word from the Apple CEO since his e-mail announcement to Apple’s staff. The March iPhone 3.0 preview event was ably run by the tag team of Apple vice presidents Greg Joswiak and Scott Forstall, while Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has managed day-to-day operations. Questions about Steve Jobs’s status have been met with a boilerplate response from Apple PR, saying that Jobs’s health is a private matter and that the CEO still plans to return to the company in June as he originally stated.