Vibrant and beloved CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been awarded – on his own request – a medical leave of absence. In a memo to employees he expressed plainly that he would still be involved in all the big decisions for the company, however he is confident in Tim Cook to handle daily operations.
Without reading too much into this and his recent pancreatic cancer, it will some day not so far away be necessary for him to retire. And when he does, I think it could be a shaky time for Apple.
They have the money and prominence to hold their own, sure, but for how long? Jobs, along with Wozniak, was a founder of Apple, and it is safe to say he has done some really great stuff.
You can’t deny that Apple hardware is stunning, and they certainly don’t cut corners by using cheap plastics etc. I fear the danger could be that in the future, when Jobs does take a permanent step down from CEO, anyone taking over will only “run the company”, and there may no longer be that flair and fanboyish excitement which currently surrounds Apple products.