It’s finally official, Steve Job, the Apple CEO is finally back on the job after receiving a kidney transplant in a Memphis hospital two months ago.
Apple released a statement with the announcement that Jobs is officially back at work:
“Steve Jobs is back to work. He is at Apple a few days a week and working from home the other days,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said. “We’re glad to have him back.”
Jobs returns after a 6 month absence for health reasons after surviving pancreatic cancer five years ago. But questions still linger about the future of Apple and if the company really needs Jobs at the helm. Jobs has become a cult figure with his direct link to Apple and the importance his status means to the company.
Some in the tech world feel that Jobs is good for Apple and the field in general because of his personality. Maggie Shiel of BBC writes:
“A big part has to do with how he has transformed Apple and its products into some of the most talked-about in the world. And, of course, there is the whole issue of his health five years after his battle with pancreatic cancer and what it means to the future of this publicly-traded company.”
But others like Alex Pham of the LA Times believes that Apple will be fine without Jobs of the personnel he has running Apple:
“Although such prominent investors as Warren Buffett fretted last week about the company’s future without its charismatic chief executive, longtime observers say Jobs has built an institutional mirror of himself in Apple with senior executives who share many of his values and outlook.”
Whatever happens with Steve Jobs and Apple in the future, the company is excited to have their CEO back at work today.