Originally Posted by ArchAngel21x
Steve's not completely uninvolved with the company. He's still part of the board, and I would not be a bit surprised if he makes a brief appearance. My prediction is he'll make an appearance of some sort on these big events as long as his health permits.
Originally Posted by TylerD
The baton has been passed. Any appearance by Mr. Jobs would undermine the very idea of him stepping down and passing the helm to Mr. Cook. This will not happen folks.
Originally Posted by pmz
Steve resigned. Tim is in charge. Tim should take the stage and OWN it tomorrow, if he ever has a chance at impressing investors and customers.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
He's the Chairman of the Board. In the US system of governance, the CEO reports to the Board. So, he's actually Cook's boss. Period.
1. Steve didn't "step down" - he moved upstairs. That's rather a big difference. And in corporations - some Chairmen are as or more powerful than CEO's or Presidents, while in others they're figureheads. Which, in this case, depends on the unknown to us state of his health. If he's more than hanging on, he's still plenty involved (tho' I've seen none of the usual "sightings" or "non-sighting" reports that were frequent during his medical leave, so no indication if he's ever at HQ these days).
2. He also didn't "resign" - he's still specifically an Apple employee. And if able, still a key or the key one in terms of "the vision thing."
And these speeches have become exercises in "visionaryism" as much as product intros. I'm hardly the first to notice, I'm sure, the way in which both Zuckerberg's F8 keynote, and Jeff Bezos' intro of the new Kindle Fire (among other recent corporate events) have taken tons of cues from the patented Stevenotes of years past.(Maybe there's a new IP infringement suit there, LOL...!)
Anyway, if he's up to it, and wants to, he could still play a useful role in drawing the free attention Apple's thrived on, even if he keeps - like an old soldier - fading a little further away at each one.
Originally Posted by pmz
I just don't think it's appropriate for Steve to appear on stage. All of this slobbering over him is completely misplaced and inappropriate...it would be so ridiculously condescending and undermining to have Steve introduce the CEO, or any similar fanfare. This is a business, not a love affair, not a movie.
3. The story of Apple is more than a business, a love affair or a movie. It's a true saga of Phoenix-like proportions unique in American History, and the leading character - a rule breaker and shaker all his life - who's changed all our lives (whether we use Apple devices or have even heard of the company) - should get to decide on "the appropriateness" of his actions as long as he's in a position to act.
Originally Posted by walshbj
Pretty obvious: Jobs will receive a FaceTime call over 3G at the building site for the new HQ. And he'll be wearing a hard hat.
Ha! Not bad - over the sound of cranes, jackhammers and plenty of busy American construction workers in the background.... ...except Facetime isn't a new feature. ....something to do with Assistant maybe?
All that said, I have no idea whether we'll see him tomorrow or not. But I kinda, sorta 'spect we well for a bit at least..... ...and if we do, it won't be in a "passing the torch" retrospective way, which I think would demean Cook by being a "vote of confidence" (which are almost always reserved for those in whom there is little confidence), and also emphasize, rather than de-emphasize the loss Apple faces without him, rather, as just being part of another successful reality distortion field show in which he plays his chosen role and Cook and Schiller and the others play theirs. Business as usual. Apple lives.