Jobs' departure, though hopefully temporary, had to happen sooner or later

I'm not shocked but was saddened with the recent announcement that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence (purportedly for six months) and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is taking over day-to-day operations at Apple.

Obviously, there's gloom and doom forecasters out there who note that Apple went to hell in a handbasket years ago after Jobs' first departure. And Apple's stockwas halted shortly before Apple released an email that Jobs sent to employees outlining his decision. When the stock resumed trading, it was down more than 10 percent in after-hours trading.

Of course, our favorite CEO isn't stepping down as CEO and says he hopes to return in June. I hope he does and, being a religious man, I'll pray for his good health. However, whether he returns or not, at some point in time, whether this year or 10 years from now, Apple will have to carry on without Jobs. Any company whose success depends entirely on one man is doomed to eventual failure.

The first time Jobs left Apple, he was ousted. This time around those carrying the load (whether for the short or long term) have been hand picked by Apple. Let's hope that they share his vision and goals.


Dennis Sellers had covered the tech industry for almost 20 years. Currently, he's the editor and publisher of Macsimum News.

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