By Harry McCracken | Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:44 am
Last week, a quote in an Apple press release was the first sign that Steve Jobs had done what he said he’d do back in January and ended his medical leave in late June. Now it’s official: Apple is saying that Jobs has returned to active duty, working a few days a week at the office and the remainder at home. It’s no surprise that the company isn’t saying much else, including discussing his liver transplant.
Others will blog (endlessly) about Jobs’ health, how many hours a week he’s really putting in, questions of shareholder disclosure, etc., etc., etc., etc. I have only one question: When will we next see a Steve Jobs keynote? Maybe soon; maybe not so soon. And maybe never, although I have no reason to think he’s done with them, and I certainly hope he isn’t. (And I hope it’s obvious that I know his impact on Apple product development is far more important than his impact on Apple product rollouts.)
I’m a bystander, not an Apple cheerleader. But I’m in favor of the tech world being interesting, and it would be a more boring place without Jobs keynotes…