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After yesterday’s announcement that Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence from Apple until June, some analysts are speculating that Steve Jobs won’t come back at all. In a letter to Apple staff on Wednesday, Jobs said he was taking a five-month medical leave because his health issues are “more complex than I originally thought.” In that same letter, Jobs said he is looking forward to returning to Apple in the summer. Jobs will still be around for major strategic decisions, and Tim Cook (Apple’s COO) will take over the day-to-day in Jobs’ absence. You can view the full text of Jobs’ letter here. If you recall, just a few weeks ago, Jobs announced that he had a hormonal imbalance that... Read more...
We know that Apple has decided to eschew further Macworlds, but is it doing so in order to defect to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)? The Consumer Electronics Association has confirmed to C|Net that it plans to host a Mac-centric area at CES 2010. However, there's no word on if Apple plans to participate. "We decided to create this special area based on discussions we've had with companies regarding 2010 show participation. We are pleased with the feedback we've received regarding this space," CEA said in an e-mail to C|Net. CES and Macworld generally run during the same week, at least of late.When Apple first said it was pulling out of future Macworlds, it said it was doing so because it... Read more...
In the past, Steve Jobs and Apple have left many things to speculation, especially with regards to Jobs’ health issues. Speculation about his health intensified in 2008 when Jobs appeared gaunt at public appearances. Worries regarding Jobs’ health arose again after Apple’s announcement that the 2009 edition of Macworld would be its last, and that Jobs wouldn’t give the keynote. Then, in late December, another rumor about Jobs’ health arose. It appears now that the rumors haven’t been entirely untrue. In an open letter to the Apple community, Jobs addressed his weight loss in 2008, which he says has been caused by a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” his body of the proteins it needs to... Read more...
Another day, another drop in Apple stock caused by a questionable rumor about the health of CEO Steve Jobs.  Jobs' health has been in question since he appeared at WWDC in a somewhat gaunt condition.  However, as Jobs himself said with a slide positioned directly behind him, the "rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated."The latest set of rumors were from Gizmodo.  A post at their site said:Steves health is rapidly declining. Apple is choosing to remove the hype factor strategically vs letting the hype destroy apple when the inevitable news comes later this spring.This strategic loss will be less of a bang with investors. This is why Macworld is a no-go anymore. No more Steve... Read more...
It's the end of an era. The 2009 edition of Macworld will be its last, Apple announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote. Now Apple doesn't run Macworld, IDG does. But pulling out of Macworld may in fact be the death knell for the show. It was noted at this year's WWDC that Jobs was less of a front-and-center presence at the show. There was a suspicion that Jobs might skip Macworld as there had been no announcement of a keynote by him yet, as in previous years. Apple today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening... Read more...
In their typical fashion, The Simpsons 11/30 episode, "Mypods and Boomsticks," lay waste to the Cult of Apple. When Lisa finds that their local mall now has a Mapple store, the family just has to visit it. The store is complete with Mypods, MyCubes, a Brainiac Bar, and hilarity. Examples: When told that he should ask the "MyCube" what he can do for "it" rather than vice versa, Homer gets down on his hands and knees and begs for guidance. However, it's not even on, apparently. Homer: But it's glowing. Mapple employee: Sir, that light confirms that it's off.Naturally Steve Mobs (Mapple founder and Chief Imaginative Officer) makes an appearance, but Bart hacks into his speech to the enrapt throng... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after suffering... Read more...
If you had read a Bloomberg story that floated across the wires at 4:27 PM yesterday, your heart might have stopped, and you might have rushed to sell your Apple stock.  But no, it was all a mistake, and quickly retracted.  The retraction was rather terse, though, saying only "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted."The lengthy file contains not only a preliminary obituary for the iconic Apple chief, but also a list of suggested contacts for a more extensive story--Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and early Apple... Read more...
Since last Tuesday, we've sat on the sidelines as others have questioned Apple's openness about Steve Jobs and discussed the terse answer Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO gave to Ben Reitzes (Lehman Brothers) when asked about Steve Jobs' health. "Ben, Steve loves Apple. He serves as the CEO at the pleasure of Apple's board and has no plans to leave Apple. Steve’s health is a private matter."We'll admit, at first, we thought, sure, it really is a private matter. But to be honest, we'll also admit right off the bat, some of us here at HH own AAPL stock as well. So we  have a financial interest in the "health" of Apple stock. While, of course, the price drop between the announcement of the iPhone... Read more...
Fake Steve Jobs, AKA Daniel Lyons, who was outed last year by the New York Times when his book was about to launch (hard to keep hiding under those circumstances), has decided to leave his real job with Forbes for a new real job with Newsweek.Forbes editor Dan Lyons, best known to most of you as Fake Steve Jobs, is leaving his employer after a 10-year run and jumping to Newsweek, where he'll take tech columnist Steve Levy's old slot. No word on whether Dan will continue to write FSJ once he starts his new gig: Newsweek says Dan will bring FSJ with him. Dan owns the rights to FSJ himself, so he should be able keep cranking them out if he wants to. But we also know he's itching to do some non-FSJ... Read more...
There is an unwritten law of the tech world that states as MacWorld approaches industry buzz increases exponentially.  As MacWorld is almost upon us, we're forced to wonder whether or not Steve Jobs has enough up his sleeve to outdo the announcements made in MW '07.“At last year's trade show, Apple Inc.'s charismatic CEO hurtled into the cell phone industry with the iPhone, jettisoned the word "computer" from the Macintosh maker's name and launched the Apple TV set-top box.Since then, Apple's stock has doubled, its computers' market share has grown and consumers have continued their love affair with iPod media players.”If all Apple has this year is an upgraded iPhone, a new AppleTV, and... Read more...
Just kidding. But his box spring is probably made from gold bars. Maybe not. But one thing's for sure: Apple is swimming in cash. $15 billion in cash, to be precise. You'd have to be crazy to think that won't grow a lot with Christmas right around the corner. Unlike companies like Microsoft, Apple doesn't pay a dividend to their stockholders, so their big profit margins leave mounds of cash in their vaults.  What to do with it? If the past is any guide, Jobs & Co. could very well use some of the money to swallow smaller companies. In 2001 Apple bought education software company PowerSchool; in 2002 it went on a binge and snapped up audio production company Emagic, video effects company... Read more...
The digital grassy knoll set's collective head is about to explode. Apple is collecting iPhone usage data, linked to the user's specific personal information. Apple gathers that personal information when you sign up for an iPhone, and may be doing  something or nothing with it after associating it with your usage data. People's opinions on this seem to depend on the ratio of Apple fanboy to paranoid privacy nut you are. If you're 100% both, this is bad news:From this information, Apple could build a profile on users.  Where they travel, where they spend their free time, where they work, where they invest their money, what they browse, etc etc.  Obviously most users would like to... Read more...
Though we now know the identity of the fake Steve Jobs who kept us entertained with his blog, and thus the mystery is over, the story is not.  The author of “oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs”, Dan Lyons, is planning on going on tour.Before you ask, we'll answer for you: Yes, the fake Steve Jobs is going on a real book tour.“Lyons is not planning extensive travels elsewhere, however. Da Capo told him it was too late for a big tour — and, Lyons lamented, the book might bomb outside of Silicon Valley. Lyons' isn't even hopeful about his hometown of Boston."Being too insiderish — it's my biggest concern," Lyons told The Associated Press. "Maybe it's one of those things where if I had a... Read more...
Technology Review has a fascinating analysis of the institutional attitude at Apple that generates products that win awards for design and become industry icons. It seems to begin and end with Steve Jobs' absolute commitment to sleek design and limited, intuitive functionality. One direct result of that sharpened focus is Apple's unique ability to create simple products. Though the idea of a simple high-tech device seems counterintuitive (why not offer more functionality if you can?), it's worked for Apple. "The hardest part of design, especially consumer electronics," says Norman, "is keeping features out." Simplicity, he says, is in itself a product differentiator, and... Read more...
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