Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on Friday said he would consider a return to an active role at Apple if the company approached him. In an interview with Reuters, Wozniak said he would be open to the possibility of returning to the company he helped build. Wozniak currently holds a position as chief scientist at Fusion-io, though he also still advises Apple and is still on the company’s payroll. “There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning,” Wozniak told Reuters in an interview. He went on to call Apple’s current products “unbelievable,” but noted that the company could stand to be a bit more open. “My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales,” said Wozniak, adding, “I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs is currently on his third medical leave since 2004, though the company said Jobs is still involved with major strategic decisions while on leave.
There has been a lot of talk (and even some leaked video) but that didn’t stop Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, who is currently on a medical leave, from appearing just seconds ago on stage at Apple’s iPad event in San Francisco. Steve Jobs introduced the new iPad 2 and even, in typical Jobs fashion, through out some digs at competitors in the space.
With Steve Jobs’ medical leave from Apple, many expected the company’s stock to get hit quite a bit — and they’d be right as shares of AAPL are down around 5% as the market opens this morning. Don’t forget that Apple is reporting its Holiday quarter earnings later today, however, and the consensus is that Apple will have the biggest and most profitable quarter ever. Apple’s earnings can and most likely will help the stock overcome the impact of Jobs’ leave from Apple, at least temporarily — as was clearly Apple’s intention with the timing of yesterday’s announcement. With Apple’s extremely solid product lineup for 2011 (as it has been rumored), we’ll have to see how the stock fares long term.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said on Monday that Apple’s board of directors has granted him a medical leave of absence. It is currently not known why Jobs requested the leave or for how long he will be gone. Jobs also took a six-month leave of absence in early 2009 when he received a liver transplant. Today, Jobs says that he will continue as CEO and will be involved in major strategic decisions while Apple COO Tim Cook will take over day to day operations during his leave. Hit the break for Jobs’ note regarding his leave. More →