Jobs Plans Come Back But Is He Ever Away?

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Apple’s top dog is never far from head office, despite his illness, Apple execs said today.

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And like the Terminator, which is the nickname also given to its forthcoming iPhone 5, Steve Jobs hopes to be back, sooner rather than later, chief operating officer Tim Cook told analysts today.

But it seems he’s never far away and “continues to be involved in major strategic decision,” says Cook.

“I know he wants to be back full-time as soon as he can,” Cook, who has taken over the running of tech giant, said. 

Apple have been busy announcing a stellar performance for its 2011 fiscal second-quarter earnings today, during which it sold 18.65m iPhones – two million more than expected.

And despite Jobs’ leave of absence, the Wall Street star player has still managed to maintain top spot in the tabs market, accounting for 80 percent share of that market.

“We’re firing on all cylinders,” Jobs said in a statement following the figures announcement. “We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year.”

Steve Jobs’ brainchild also sold 4.69m iPads, although this was down on forecasts.

However it has warned that shortages of components could hinder the company in the next quarter.

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In January, 55-year-old Jobs announced he was taking a medical leave of absence as CEO – the third time during his reign as head of the world’s largest technology company.

 

He took medical leave in 2004 and in 2009. Last year he announced that he had pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant during his last leave.

“He is still on medical leave but we do see him on a regular basis,” Cook said.

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