Apple makes it official: Steve Jobs is back to work

Apple makes it official: Steve Jobs is back to work

Summary: The word out of Cupertino this morning is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has returned to work, following a six-month medical leave announced in January.We kind of knew that already last week after reports of Jobs being spotted around the Cupertino campus - but now, it's official, according to a Bloomberg report.

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The word out of Cupertino this morning is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has returned to work, following a six-month medical leave announced in January.

We kind of knew that already last week after reports of Jobs being spotted around the Cupertino campus - but now, it's official, according to a Bloomberg report. Company spokesman Steve Dowling said he will work at the office a few days a week and the remaining time from home.

Last week, Jobs' doctor said - with Jobs' permission - that he underwent a liver transplant, is recovering well and has an excellent prognosis. The doctor's statement confirmed an earlier Wall Street Journal report about the transplant.

The debate over an individual's right to privacy vs. public's right to know has taken center stage as news of Steve Jobs' health conditions continued to surface. Some argue that he's a private individual and that his medical condition is of no one's concern. Others say his ability to run the company can be compromised if he's ill and that any developments related to his condition are material facts that should be disclosed to shareholders.

Also see: Jobs recovering from liver transplant; re-ignites debate over privacy rights

Last week, I was part of this debate in an NPR's Forum show dedicated to the topic of corporate transparency. An audio archive of the show is available below. It's an hour-long segment so you'll want to settle in to listen.

Topics: Security, Apple

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  • Jobs should just retire anyway...

    We iPhone owners are still living with the lame limitations he put on the original iPhone design after two years of complaining about his stupid choices. The iPhone would have been truly revolutionary if the feature set of the 3GS came out two years ago, instead it's just finally catching up with the pack. Jobs was the one who originally said we didn't need native applications. He's the one who said we didn't need MMS. He said we didn't need copy/paste. You name the limitation, he was the one responsible for that choice. He may have had visionary ideas at one time, but he's just too old to keep up now.
    BillDem
    • Those in power

      wish to hold onto that power as long as possible.

      Yes, at this point in life, with what he has gone thru he should be content to just sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labor.

      Allow others to helm the company (just keep and eye on things, though) but relax and who knows: they may go on just fine without him!
      GuidingLight
  • Fact is it's Apple that makes the products I want.

    Not Steve Jobs. While I love his fanatic gusto (which I think makes Apple products better) I just love using Apple's well-built, non-deformed products.

    Granted, I ran to escape from Microsoft. I am a rare breed. I will not use MS products, or products that use MS warez, because Bill Gates was (is) an unethical man (i.e. give it to me beotch).

    I used to love to make my own computer. But I tired of it. My only choice of OS was Windows/DOS. I could install Unix. I know the command lines. But who wants to work for it to use a computer?

    Then I realized that I was giving my computing choices to Microsoft. I Loved OS/2. Microsoft stole their paradigm and code to make Win2K - Vista. Just like they did with the original DOS - CP/M and Geos/Win95.

    End of story - Microsoft does not deserve what they have...never did. And NOW it will beat them...as it should.

    Wanna make money? Go Apple or IBM or HP! Microsoft hasn't made a cent since 1998 (when they last successfully convinced folks not to invest in the originator of the tech but in Microsoft instead!).
    No More Microsoft Software Ever!
    • Uh huh

      If Microsoft "stole their paradigm" wouldn't they have sued by now? :-)

      Nice to see you jumping on the fad bandwagon.

      Actually it's too bad I don't know the Mac a little better I can make a fortune by charging these people who screw up their Macs $100 and hour [since there are few people who actually fix Macs unlike Windows based systems]. If I charged probably more than $50 for Windows I'd lose customers. Of course Mac users can afford to pay $100/hour. After all they're paying the Mac tax!
      Gis Bun
    • You must an absolute delight at parties.

      What's that? You don't get invited to any? What a surprise.
      mustangj36@...
  • Isn't this what MacTards are supposed to go through?

    Whatever Steve Jobs says goes? If Apple says you don't need it, YOU DON'T NEED IT. If Apple says jump, all the mTards are to say "How high?". Apple tells you what to do and all the Apple sheep out there don't seem to have a problem with it - In fact, they seem to love it.

    Must be that Jobsonian Reality Distortion Field at work.

    Apple's obsession with control is the reason why they are not the mainstream computing platform. The same will apply for the mobile sector as the open source OS's are steadily taking over. What a shame. So much potential...
    wrenchy
    • I think you misunderstand...

      Yes, there are some control issues when it
      comes to Apple. Well, not so much issues. They
      have just decided that they want to run their
      company in a way that they want to run their
      company. Does Steve Jobs makes unilateral
      decisions? I wouldn't think so.

      As for the insult, come on and grow up. It's
      childish for you people to just throw insults
      the way my eleven year old sister does. Hell,
      she doesn't insult people as much as I see
      people on this site doing it. xD

      Now, to the real problem, to the real
      misconception. The reason why Apple is not a
      mainstream computing platform. You seem to
      think that they WANT to be a mainstream
      computing platform. The thing is, it isn't
      profitable. Just look at the stocks, and you'll
      see that Apple is more profitable than
      Microsoft right now. Aside from that, they
      can't be the mainstream computing platform.

      It ruins their business model. It ruins the
      idea that the thing that makes them unique is
      the fact that they can control everything about
      their OS and the fact that they can make it run
      on very specific software. If they had 90%
      marketshare, they wouldn't be able to do any of
      that. They wouldn't be able to because it would
      be a monopoly, and somebody would call for them
      to be dethroned the way people call for
      Microsoft's demise.

      It's just facts, math, and profits, that's all
      it is.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Apple makes it official: Steve Jobs is back to work

    The article mentions a debate about the "public's right to know". Know what? About whom? What is the moral basis of that right?

    That is a mindless distortion of the concept of freedom of speech. The "public" doesn't have a right to know anything about a private citizen's personal life.
    slingzenarrowzuvowtrayjissforchin
    • I agree

      That won't stop people from trying to force
      themselves into the life of every celebrity that
      they see...
      Michael Alan Goff