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From one medical leave to another: Steve Jobs steers Apple's most successful era ever

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From his return to Apple in June of 2009 until another medical leave of absence announced Monday, Steve Jobs oversaw a number of milestones and major product launches during an active, successful year-and-a-half span. AppleInsider offers a look back at the role Jobs played in the most lucrative period in Apple's storied history.

June 2009 - Jobs returns to work

Jobs last left Apple in January 2009, a six-month leave of absence that was due to "complex health issues." The last time, as is the case in his current hiatus, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was left in charge.

Jobs returned to work in June 2009 after he underwent a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Tennessee.

The Apple co-founder wasted little time to return to the stage for one of his trademark keynotes in September 2009. It was his first public appearance in nearly a year, earning Jobs a standing ovation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

"I'm very happy to be here today with you all," Jobs said in 2009. "As some of you know, about five months ago I had a liver transplant. I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs."

"I am alive because of their generosity," he added. "I hope we all can be that generous. I'd like to thank everyone in the Apple community for their concern. It means a lot. I'd like to thank Tim Cook, and everyone at Apple who rose to the occasion. Thank you guys."

Jobs' appearance in September 2009 would prove to only be a teaser for the real main event to come.

Steve Jobs was spotted back on Apple's campus in June 2009 by TMZ.

Jan. 2010 - Introducing the iPad

Buzz continued to build for months that Apple was planning to release a touchscreen tablet and spiritual successor to the Newton. That speculation reached a fever pitch in early 2010, when Apple sent out invitations teasing that it would unveil a new product to the masses.

At a keynote on Jan. 27, 2010, Jobs again took the stage to unveil the iPad. One report alleged that Jobs believes the iPad is the most important thing he's ever done in his storied career at Apple.

Jobs would later explain that he believes the iPad and devices like it will bring about the transition to a post-PC era, where new form factors and smaller devices will represent most users' computing needs.

The Apple co-founder recalled that the U.S. automobile industry was previously dominated by larger trucks, which were driven by farmers. But smaller, more compact cars became more popular as cities grew and features like power steering and automatic transmission were added to the cars.

"PCs are going to be like trucks," Jobs said, noting that they will still be around, but will represent a smaller number of people.

Steve Jobs at the Palo Alto Apple Store for the iPad launch. Photo credit Cedric Lignier.

It took little time for the iPad to exceed the Mac in terms of sales. In just its second quarter of availability, the iPad bested the Mac, as Apple sold 4.19 million of its tablet, versus 3.89 million of the Mac.

April 2010 - Jobs slams Adobe Flash

Jobs' disdain for Adobe Flash was no secret, but in April 2010 he laid his opinions bare for all to see in an open letter he published on Apple's website. In it, he slammed the browser plugin as unfit for the modern era of computing.

The comments served to justify why Flash has not been allowed on Apple's mobile devices powered by the iOS operating system, like the iPhone and iPad. Jobs said that Flash is inefficient in consuming system resources, leading to shorter battery life on mobile devices.

He said that the poor performance of Flash on traditional computers has proven that Adobe's application runtime should not be allowed on iOS devices.

"Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," Jobs wrote. "We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now."
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

You sir, are sick.
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There are simply no words to describe my admiration for Steve. All I can say is, get well soon.
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Despite the asshats that claim Jobs shouldnt run Apple or that we should everything about his condition down to the consistency of his stool, Apple has continued to do Amazingly well and has a roadmap, that even without knowing it in detail, far exceeds the competition because they have so well. Even without Jobs at the helm Apple will still be growing at an alarming rate.
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post #6 of 62
Misery Get well soon.
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

Maybe you are fucking dickhead?
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Jobs has done some fine work, but one man is not a company.
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

Sez the anonymous guy bashing a complete stranger in a public forum.
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

A very ugly comment at an inappropriate time.

Steve Jobs has done a huge service to all of us by making information technology into an art form.
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Ignore the troll guys, no reason to keep quoting his vileness.
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It's probably just a stress leave and not as serious as the leave last time, I'd bet.
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I'm guessing all those turtlenecks are starting to cause respiratory problems.

On a more serious note, the health issues might be caused by the liver transplant not taking a hold as well as it should have. Which doesn't bode well for Steve, since not even private favour-the-wealthy healthcare in the US can guarantee a transplant, let alone the second time.
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I really hope Steve recovers fast and feels better. But to all criticism and worries I just wanted to add that Steve is not Apple. Apple is a collection of thousands very talented employees. Even if Steve decides to leave Apple and really live a family life, Apple is not going to shut down and collapse.

Just wanted everyone to realize that.
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The last time Steve was sick, he had time to work out the details and to concentrate on the product we now know as the iPad. Today he is sick again, perhaps all this sick time will give him time to rest and watch TV, Apple TV. Hopefully he will get well soon, but for those that think a little time off is a bad thing for Apple, witness the iPad. As far as I'm concerned, Tim Cook does a fine job running the company, I would rather see Steve Jobs doing what he does best, innovating. Let Tim run the company and Steve can take all the time he wants with the family, he has earned it, and when he is motivated to have the time and freedom that is required when in the process of innovating new products.

Here's to Steve's health, may it improve quickly, and to his innovative spirit, may we all be touched by his visions of what technology can do for us.

Best wishes Steve.
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Ignore the troll guys, no reason to keep quoting his vileness.

That advice itself deserves to be quoted. I didn't realize I would be the fourth one to jump on his comment.
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This reads like a Bloomberg premature obit. Almost seems like AppleInsider had this all set to go. Sad.
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I really hope Steve recovers fast and feels better. But to all criticism and worries I just wanted to add that Steve is not Apple. Apple is a collection of thousands very talented employees. Even if Steve decides to leave Apple and really live a family life, Apple is not going to shut down and collapse.

Just wanted everyone to realize that.

Totally disagree- it's his vision, his control that has made Apple.
Like Walt Disney and Henry Ford before him.
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

Maybe you are fucking dickhead?
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Totally disagree- it's his vision, his control that has made Apple.
Like Walt Disney and Henry Ford before him.

And yet both of those companies have achieved great financial success long after Walt and Henry passed on.
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Maybe he's sick cuz he keeps bashing everyone else

And yet another troll has succumbed to the "green eyed monster".
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SJ hit back with Apple full-throttle 24/7 after his return. Considering what he's done, he absolutely deserves some downtime to recuperate and charge his batteries. Shame on those ghoulish pricks that are out in full force on this site.

I wish SJ the best. Take the time you need to get yourself well. The one thing I would love more is for SJ to come back better and healthier than ever to show the pundits (yet again) that he's here for the long haul.
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Will we ever know the real reason?
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The CEO of the richest company on the planet wearing a hoodie, ripped 501s, and running shoes. AWESOME.

I bet Japanese executives, all tied up in their blazers 24/7, look at him and drool--or sneer.
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The measure of a man is his aspirations, his associations, his adversities, his achievements -- and the inspirations they provide for those who follow.
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This reads like a Bloomberg premature obit. Almost seems like AppleInsider had this all set to go. Sad.

No, I don't think so -- requesting a medical leave is proactive.
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Steve Jobs has already written history, his contributions to technology and also to business are all revolutionary.

I am sad for those who criticize him, because the truth is that those people in most cases are a bunch of losers that will never accomplish even 1/1000000000 of what this man has accomplish.

It is not only what Apple has done, but also what it has represented worldwide..

I don't care to know why he is taking a break, it is not our business, he already has created a machine that can run with or without him, I just pray for his health and his recovery, there are still a lot of surprises within this man..

God bless you Steve


George
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And yet both of those companies have achieved great financial success long after Walt and Henry passed on.

....but neither, ever, regained the heights achieved when both were alive and driven by their respective visions.

(oops my ignore switch was off.)
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....but neither, ever, regained the heights achieved when both were alive and driven by their respective visions.

(oops my ignore switch was off.)

what is your definition of "heights"?
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Since iLiver is determined to exploit even this topic with his negative crap, what say we just ignore him after this. At least not quote him. I already got sucked in by one other ghoul today.
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Absolutely love the picture of steve coming out of the apple store. Definition of a successful tech company CEO - a relaxed style but clear vision and confident steps ahead.
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....but neither, ever, regained the heights achieved when both were alive and driven by their respective visions.

(oops my ignore switch was off.)


As a businessman, and student of trends and history, Ford and Disney reached even higher levels many years after Ford and Disney were gone, Disney is one of the most powerful business organization in the world with incredible business diversifications that go way beyond were it was when Disney was alive.

Henry Ford was a pioneer in the car mass production, and he became a giant, since, Ford had grown bigger until the 80's, but because the lack of "perception" Ford Motors like most American automobile companies had problems, however, Ford was THE ONLY one of the 3 big American car makers who DID NOT receive aid from the government (Bailout) going from a 14 billion dollar loss in 2008 and just a year later in 2009 reporting a few billion dollars profits. In my book, Ford is a great success story even TODAY, and Henry Ford has been long gone..
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George Ruiz
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Since iLiver is determined to exploit even this topic with his negative crap, what say we just ignore him after this. At least not quote him. I already got sucked in by one other ghoul today.

Exploiting? Say what?
So you got sucked into something - too bad but judgeing by your accusation I would believe it to be quite understandable.

They're is nothing exploitive by stating that Apple is Steve Jobs and Steve Jobs is Apple.
Cook was simply pushing the corporate wheels in Jobs' absence. Name me one thing he created/evnvisioneded that was implemented. (and hint another generation of iPhone with video hardly counts as visionary). Dropping priced on MacBooks is hardly revolutionary either.
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As a businessman, and student of trends and history, Ford and Disney reached even higher levels many years after Ford and Disney were gone, Disney is one of the most powerful business organization in the world with incredible business diversifications that go way beyond were it was when Disney was alive.

Henry Ford was a pioneer in the car mass production, and he became a giant, since, Ford had grown bigger until the 80's, but because the lack of "perception" Ford Motors like most American automobile companies had problems, however, Ford was THE ONLY one of the 3 big American car makers who DID NOT receive aid from the government (Bailout) going from a 14 billion dollar loss in 2008 and just a year later in 2009 reporting a few billion dollars profits. In my book, Ford is a great success story even TODAY, and Henry Ford has been long gone..
.

George Ruiz

Watson- you're talking finacial success. I take it you think Hanna Montana is an artistic accomplishment then. What is your take on the Edsel?
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what is your definition of "heights"?

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When Ford, Disney, Hilton and many other business visionaries retired or died, many "Einsteins" predicted apocalypses.

Why? people LIKE you saw those guys as the brand, the creators and the heart of the business, but what people did not understand is that the heart and the vision of an individual DOES NOT die when many seeds have been planted, what Apple is today is the base of what apple will be tomorrow!

Obviously you are not a business person, and if you are, your success may be very limited, if you have any. As I posted before, I am a business individual, I am a student of business, trends and history, and I suggest to you to read history before you make those "smart" statements, you don't look very good,

George
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Maybe you are fucking dickhead?

I concur!

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The CEO of the richest company on the planet wearing a hoodie, ripped 501s, and running shoes. AWESOME.

I know you're being sarcastic, but it just points to the fact that appearances are so superficial and not indicative of the real person.

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Watson- you're talking finacial success. I take it you think Hanna Montana is an artistic accomplishment then. What is your take on the Edsel?

What is your point?Edsel was a failure, but as Steve Jobs says, and I quote:

"Steve Jobs said: “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”

Don’t equate making mistakes with being a mistake. There is no such thing as a successful person who has not failed or made mistakes, there are successful people who made mistakes and changed their lives or performance in response to them, and so got it right the next time. They viewed mistakes as warnings rather than signs of hopeless inadequacy. Never making a mistake means never living life to the full."

End of quote.

It applies to businesses, Ford Motors, made a mistake, marketing and timing were bad, and they lost millions, by the way, the car name was in honor of one of Henry Ford's sons.

Remind me of a project that Steve started in the late 70's called Lisa, a very advanced computer that eventually was scratched...

George
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Best wishes Mr. Jobs! From Europe... .

One of the greatest men of the 21st century. It is Simple and clear, as it is.

Moderators, please remove all these hideous and inappropriate "comments" about one human been, which at this moment is in need for support.

Be human beings... .
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