Mr Apple Steps Down

New products, same old black polo neck and jeans for the last 20 years!

This I have to admit, was a bit of a shock. Apple’s CEO and founder has announced he’s taking indefinite leave on medical grounds from the company that makes the iPhone and iPad.

Someone said to me at lunch that one person can’t really make a difference to such a big organisation. That’s true of many organisations, but I think I’m not the only one who thinks otherwise in the case of Apple. To me, Steve Jobs IS Apple.

It’s also a timely reminder that health is of course just as important if not more so than money. He’s clearly been looking rather thin lately, so I do hope he manages to address whatever his health issues are this time and is able to get back to doing what he does so well. It’s pretty hard now to imagine a world without Apple.

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13 Responses to Mr Apple Steps Down

  1. sJobs@apple.com says:

    Hey WoAi, thanks for the kind words. I’ll be back, watch this space!

    Keep up the good work.

    Steve.

  2. WoAi says:

    @Steve – Great. Any chance you could send me (when available) an iPhone 5 and an iPad 2 for “review purposes”. I promise to write a favourable review as I know they are going to be awesome. I reckon I could increase your sales of the two products by oh, at least 5 units each.

  3. T. says:

    You’re surprised? The dude almost stepped down two years ago when he was looking really sick.

  4. WoAi says:

    Yes, I was surprised. I assumed he had recovered from the liver transplant and pancreatic cancer. He has not revealed what the problem is now and of course it’s a private issue, so I just hope he makes a full recovery.

  5. Rich says:

    It’s a cover up. He’s really taking time off to fit in a much needed shopping trip. Time to update his wardrobe with superdry tees and g-star jeans!

  6. Hopfrog says:

    Going to whole heartedly agree here. Jobs is a perfect example of how much of an impact one person can have on the world. The man was thrown out of his own company, back in the (80′s/90′s?) which was handed over to a soda pop CEO who proceeded to run it into the ground. Jobs fought tooth and nail to regain control and its that kind of passion that has made Apple what it is today.

    While the comment from sjobs here is obviously a result of the typical jackassery one has come to expect from the WoAi comments section, it is not uncommon at all for Steve to directly comment to blog entries and tweets.

  7. WoAi says:

    @Rich – Yes, a makeover would do him the world of good for sure. True Religion!

    @Hopfrog – Yes, pretty sad to get thrown out of a company you started, but it’s good he got a second bite at the cherry. And I’m very proud of the jackasses I attract to my blog. It’s a better class of jackasses than on many other blogs!

  8. IC says:

    woa, this comment is off topic, but more related to your previous post about Chinese showing off wealth.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347770/Shanghai-rollers-From-33m-houses-11m-Warhols-suddenly-Chinas-new-millionaires-spending-eye-watering-sums-buying-Britain.html

    According to this UK daily mail article, “What super-rich Chinese never do is show off”

    “Anyone expecting the wealthy Chinese to behave like their Russian counterparts, spending money on designer goods and going to noisy nightclubs, will be very disappointed,”

    It is often the `middle class’ who are more angxious to show. True riches want to hide.

  9. WoAi says:

    @IC – You know you can actually just go to the relevant post and make the comment there. Then it won’t be off topic!

    That article is a bit odd. It’s talking almost entirely about HK and Singapore rich tycoons, nothing to do with China’s new rich. My mother is good friends with David Tang’s mother who started Shanghai Tang.

  10. Dingle says:

    I never realised he was so small, he’s almost of the shire!

    Or was the iphone photoshopped for effect?

  11. Kim C says:

    WoAi – Again I have to agree with you, the jackasses here are a whole higher level than the regular types. Seriously though, it is a shame Mr Jobs has stepped down. He has truly made a huge impact on the modern way of life. I for one am surrounded in Apple products and I love them. My kids all know how to use them better than I do and they are learning so many great things as they play. I hope whatever ills he is suffering from are taken care of quickly and that he is back at the helm soon.

    Dingle – I think you may be on to something. Perhaps he is suffering from some kind of shrinking problem. I am sure there is an App for that these days.

  12. Stimpy says:

    I’m with T- this is hardly surprising at all.

  13. He’s a good guy (most of the time), here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

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