Apple founder Steve Wozniak speaks out on Jobs' illness
Jobs medical leave fears covered by Wozniak
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on the fruity tech company and the absence of CEO and former partner Steve Jobs claiming Apple will continue to function fine without the turtleneck-loving head.
Wozniak, who parted ways with Apple back in the ‘80s, remains a major shareholder in the company he helped found with Jobs and has today spoken out on the current medically-induced leave of absence Jobs is undertaking.
Speaking in Singapore Wozniak announced: "Steve Jobs is only on partial leave. Even if he were to be on total leave, we have examined it.” Despite Apple refusing to reveal successor plans at a recent shareholders meeting Wozniak went on to add: "Apple will go on pretty well even if he is not there directly."
Arguably the most recognisable tech CEO, Jobs is currently undertaking his third medical leave of absence since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2004. Having taken time off for a liver transplant in recent years Jobs’ most recent illness related absence is currently shrouded in mystery having announced back in January: "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”
Jobs made a surprise appearance at the recent iPad 2 unveiling where he took to the San Francisco stage to officially announce the slimmed-down second-generation tablet that will come boasting a dual-core processor and dual cameras.
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