Where is Steve Jobs?  Is Apple leadership shift underway?

“Steve Jobs’ absence from the public eye is prompting questions about the Apple CEO’s status, management effectiveness and health,” Brian X. Chen reports for Wired. “So far, the company has done little to provide substantive answers to those questions.”

“The mystery behind the lack of a Stevenote is leading some to speculate that Apple is getting ready to dethrone him, that Jobs has lost some of his typically ironclad control or that his health is failing,” Chen reports. “‘The company can be a little more open about what’s happening with Steve Jobs,’ said Vijay Rakesh, a ThinkPanmure analyst. ‘It’d help everybody put some uncertainty to rest.'”

“Whether he is sick or not, analysts and investors are justified in wanting to know the state of Jobs’ health and position at Apple,” Chen reports. “Several Apple employees contacted by Wired.com have reported that they haven’t seen Jobs since the company announced the CEO would not appear for a Macworld keynote. Jobs generally isn’t very visible in public, but the employees said they haven’t seen him on campus recently, either.”

“Apple’s typical vagueness is leading some analysts to believe Jobs will soon leave Apple because his health issues are returning,” Chen reports. “Rakesh said he believes Apple isn’t preparing to simply give Jobs the boot. He said it’s more likely that Apple has developed a new executive team, which will gradually transition Jobs out of his role as CEO.”

Chen reports, “Similarly, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster on Wednesday distributed a note saying his firm believes Apple is getting ready to shift management roles. ‘Yielding this year’s Macworld keynote to Phil Schiller, along with the participation of Tim Cook and Phil Schiller at the October event is, in our view, a clear message that a leadership shift is underway,’ Munster said.”

Full article here.

43 Comments

  1. Could it be that no one has seen him because he’s left for Christmas? You would have thought that the author would have thought of that before talking about rumors.

  2. Wait a minute … I haven’t seen my brother for a week also! maybe he’s dead or sick!!!!!

    As they say, the amount of crap “pundits” write about Apple is only exceeded by the amount of fantastic completely-made-up crap they write about Steve Jobs.

    This guy is seriously spinning hot air here. Steve may actually *be* dead, abducted by aliens etc. but this guy knows absolutely nothing. He is willing to write a big article about “what he knows” though. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. OH MY GOD LET’S OBSESS OVER STEVE JOBS AND APPLE AND WILL HE RETIRE AND OH. MY. GAWD. THE WORLD WILL FREAKING END IF STEVE JOBS STEPS DOWN IS HE DEAD IS HE STILL WORKING FOR APPLE IS HE ALIVE IS HE A ROBOT HAS HIS CANCER RETURNED IS THE STOCK STABLE WILL OUR MACS TURN ON IF STEVE JOBS IS GONE?

    Just change the name of the site to “Steve Jobs Update” or “Steve Jobs Obsession” for fuck’s sake.

    Honestly, I’m a Mac user / lover / fanboy but this constant shit of article upon article obsessing over Jobs has got to stop.

  4. MDN, this is getting ridiculous. Like what, 6 or 7 speculative articles about the same damned topic?

    Now we’re on to Jobs being “dethroned?”

    What’s next, “Jobs absence probably due to his mission to Mars, in to gather minerals for next-gen silicon wafers.”

    Cut it out, already. Why not wait until we get some *actual* news on this for once.

  5. @ null – It’s the tech media which is going bananas over anything related to Steve Jobs these days. What’s MDN supposed to do, ignore it all and pretend it’s not happening?

    Aside from null’s comments, I got far more useful information from the comments *under* this particular article, than I did from the article itself! Heck, we should *all* be paid to be “analysts”! We’re just as informed as the pros, apparently, and most of us seem to have a better grasp on common sense and reality than the pros apparently do. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. I’ve not heard much from Jony Ive in the media recently either, who is going to design all their products from now on? It’s shocking the he could die – because that’s the only explanation – and we know nothing.

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