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No Stevenote at Apple's WWDC on June 8?

Jobs took a leave of absence in in January, saying he would return at the end of June. Since then Apple and its employees have made several references to Jobs’ return at the end of that month. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the tech industry has been going nuts over the possibility of a new iPhone, then two new iPhones, then a family of new iPhones along with an Apple tablet. Along with those rumors comes the speculation that Steve Jobs will make a big, dramatic return at WWDC, announce all these new products and resume his work at Apple.

Apparently not.

Apple today released a press release about WWDC, and though it was definitely not a “Steve isn’t coming” statement, it said the conference would kick off with a keynote from “a team of Apple executives led by Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.” It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that Steve won’t be there, but just because he’s not throwing the party, doesn’t mean he won’t swing by for a visit or that he isn’t one member of a “team of executives.”

Unfortunately, it’s more likely that Steve won’t be at WWDC in a few weeks. Now the rumors are kicking into gear as to whether Apple will announce the new iPhone without him, or if they’ll wait and introduce the new iPhone family, as well as an Apple tablet at a separate event, closer to the end of the month and right before people’s iPhone contracts start to expire.

  • the_one111
    Honestly if Steve lives another year or so I will be surprised..

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  • stryk55
    *Yawn* This is not really that intersting. Jobs will not be at the company forever, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.
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  • Tindytim
    Um, big f***ing whoop?

    I find it so amazing that people slurp down so much Apple Kool-aid that they make Jobbs out to be some sort of god.
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  • war2k9
    TindytimUm, big f***ing whoop?I find it so amazing that people slurp down so much Apple Kool-aid that they make Jobbs out to be some sort of god.

    I guest Bill Gate is your god.
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  • Tindytim
    war2k9I guest Bill Gate is your god.That's my exact point, he's not. So why is Steve Jobbs yours?
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  • the_one111
    stryk55*Yawn* This is not really that intersting. Jobs will not be at the company forever, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.Thing is, when he leaves, they go bankrupt.
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  • B-Unit
    the_one111Thing is, when he leaves, they go bankrupt.
    Wont happen fast enuf...
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  • alaskan_handyman
    I think that Apple will do just fine without Steve Jobs at the helm... Apple has quite a bit of cash reserves lying around for a rainy day. The one thing that people fail to understand about Steve Jobs is his ability to take anything that he has and make it a success. He bought Lucas Digital from George Lucas and turned it into Pixar and made the most successful animation company in the process. He also started Next the computer company that Apple bought in order to get him back... OS X is what NextStep was destined to become. Steve Jobs is a visionary businessman that is right more often than not, not a deity.
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  • tayb
    the_one111Thing is, when he leaves, they go bankrupt.
    He has been gone for the past 6 months... and during that time Apple had the most profitable non-Christmas quarter EVER. If that in itself isn't remarkable enough that quarter came as the economy was (and is) collapsing and hundreds of thousands of citizens were losing their jobs each month.

    If you are praying for a downfall of Apple perhaps you should wish for Jobs to come back because they do better without him.
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  • neosoul
    He has been gone for the past 6 months... and during that time Apple had the most profitable non-Christmas quarter EVER. If that in itself isn't remarkable enough that quarter came as the economy was (and is) collapsing and hundreds of thousands of citizens were losing their jobs each month.

    If you are praying for a downfall of Apple perhaps you should wish for Jobs to come back because they do better without him.

    Product design to consumer cycle is a bit longer than 6 months buddy. Not that I'm a fan, but those are still 'his' products that got that profitable quarter.

    Usually its 1 to 2 years before you see the later managements product come in revenue play. But with Steve's ego maniacal vision and leadership, who the hell knows when they'll truly finish using up his ideas.
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