Jobs to Remain Closely Involved in Apple's Product Strategy

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  1. MacRumors, Aug 24, 2011
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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    In the wake of the news that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO, the Wall Street Journal spoke with their sources who said that Jobs has remained actively involved:
    Tim Cook has been made Apple CEO at the recommendation of Jobs.

    Article Link: Jobs to Remain 'Closely Involved' in Apple's Product Strategy
  2. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    This can only be good news that he will still be involved, and also implies that his health hasn't deteriorated from first thought.
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Probably similar to his role now. I have a feeling Jobs will always have a strong influence and be a part of product innovation until he dies.
  4. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    I think Ivy and Forstall have been the more valuable Apple employees in recent years.
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    In other words, nothing has changed compared to the last 8 months.

    It's like everyone is at a funeral. This should be a celebration of his success as CEO.
  6. matthew12 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    no death soon!

    You are correct in saying that Steve Jobs is still in his same role. But hopefully he will not die for a long time!
  7. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Amen to that.
  8. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2011
    Well, Tim Cook has been temporary CEO ever since Jobs announced his medical leave... so he is probably now taking over completely. It was probably only a matter of time before SJ handed him the CEO position.

    Either way... I am in shock. I really had hoped to see SJ on the stage announcing the iPhone 5 among other things at the Sept conference... This is just... wow. :(
  9. JDee macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2008
  10. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    This is good news. I just hope he's taking care. And I hope he's with Apple for a very long time.
  11. shompa macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Ivy is Apple personified. He should have been the new CEO.

  12. Warbrain, Aug 24, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011

    Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Being CEO requires the person to be a manager of so many different parts. Ive wants to design, not run a company.
  13. na1577 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    Agreed. I think now the iPhone 5 announcement is going to be even more anticipated, to see how it is handled for the first time completely without Steve.
  14. isoMorpheus Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    What's the succession plan? Cook, Schiller then Forstall?
  15. shompa macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    I think there is a really big risk that Steve will leave us before the end of the year.

    Steve has been seen in cancer clinics during this year. An educated guess is that the cancer have come back. The bigger problem is that Steve has a new liver. The immune system is effected whit the new liver and medication for it.

    When they decided to release Steves autobiography book this year instead of next year: great warning signal.

    I am just waiting for all Fandroids to start post: Karma is a bitch and other stupid things.
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Exactly. This is like making his medial leave (which has been this entire year) permanent. But he’s remained involved all year anyway.

    We can imagine all kinds of terrible news, or even really good news, but we just don’t know. From what little we do know, the big change for Apple was in January (and has gone great) not today. I hope it was a change that worked out for him too!
  17. mazurka macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2004
  18. cmassage macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    All the best, Steve. We love you.

    I have held the image since his medical leave in January that Steve's wife, family and close friends held an "Intervention" with him, saying, in effect:

    "If you keep working at the pace that you have been working, that stress on top of your pancreas health issues will kill you in 2 years. Give up being in total control, meditate, go to the beach and guide Apple from a greater distance and you can live to an old age and continue to have a big impact."

    I think that is what he has been doing, giving the presentation at the WWDC, creating agreements with China Telecom etc. and he now has confidence that Apple can prosper with him being 'navigator' and without his hand on the tiller at all times.

    May it be so.
  19. jca24 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    Very well said!

    And who knows, he may still do the keynote for iPhone 5.
  20. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    This honestly feels kind of like when Bill Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO and became chief software architect... minus the philanthropy.

    Both are stepping down from day to day CEO activities, but both stay involved in the company, at least for a while.
  21. Tiggs macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2011
    Disagree. They may get more glory but Cook's impact has been far greater and more extensive. Some of us can remember the experience of trying to buy an 8500 back in the day and waiting months as just one example.
  22. Jonasgold macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2011
    Let's just hope Cook does it better than Ballmer(probably will).
  23. slrandall macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Just imagine the applause if Jobs were to be the one to introduce the iPhone 5. It'd be a fitting way for him to go out.

    On stage, product in hand.


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