Apple CEO Steve Jobs may be on medical leave, but he’s still running the show. Despite his extended off-campus time, Mr. Jobs is participating in meetings and is involved in the design of the second generation iPad, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Unnamed sources told the WSJ that Mr. Jobs is participating in meetings via phone calls, and is taking some meetings in his home.
Mr. Jobs “is continuing to work on are the next version of the iPad tablet computer, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer,” the sources said.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaking in 2010
In mid January Mr. Jobs announced he would be taking a medical leave of absence and handing over day-to-day operations to COO Tim Cook.
“At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health,” Mr. Jobs said in a memo to employees. “I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”
A company spokesperson backed up Mr. Jobs by saying “Steve is the CEO of Apple and during his medical leave he’ll continue to be involved in major strategic decisions.”
Mr. Jobs was recently spotted at the company’s Cupertino headquarters, too. Reports claim he looked healthy and sounded just like he does on stage during product launch events.
Mr. Jobs has taken time off from running Apple before to deal with pancreatic cancer, and also for a liver transplant. He has remained secretive about his personal life and health, and hasn’t elaborated on why he is taking medical leave again.