Steve Jobs has been given another leave of absence for medical reasons by the Apple Board, again leaving Tim Cook to man the company. According to an email sent today to all Apple employees, Jobs "will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took just $1 in salary from the company in 2010, according to the company's latest SEC filing [pdf link], continuing the practice first established back in 1997. However, the documents also show that shareholders have requested that Apple "amend the company's corporate governance guidelines to adopt and disclose a written CEO succession planning policy" should Jobs be unable to hold the post.
While Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, managed to wrangle in the title from TIME Magazine, the Financial Times has a different outlook on the previous year, and who managed to have the biggest impact. The periodical has announced that they've given the Person of the Year achievement to none other than Steve Jobs. And while there's many factors as to why the Financial Times has decided to go this route, they're putting quite a bit of the achievement on the shoulders of Apple's tablet device, the iPad.
A fine fellow by the name of anonymous recently emailed everyone's best pal Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a question about the functionality of iOS's most recent update 4.2 which features AirPlay, allowing iDevices to stream video to Apple TV. Anon's question included suggestion of a future release of AirPlay in which it would be able to work with Safari and third party apps (this functionality currently exists, but only as a hack.) You know what Steve Jobs said? He said yep - 2011.
Speculation over News Corp's supposedly incoming "Daily" news aggregation service continues to bubble, with CEO Rupert Murdoch supposedly set to unveil the iPad app alongside Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the end of November. Tipped for release in early 2011, WWD describe the Daily as having "a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence" and costing $0.99 per week; there will be no print or online edition, only the app version.
What huge news overnight! Oh my goodness there is a new phone, a new phone! It either has no name yet, or might be called Samsung Elite. Then there was a late night review by the man Ewdison T on a Gateway ID49C. Then, Facebook is going to crash down Gmail with their Microsoft Office Web Apps integrated "Project Titan!" Subway lets you pay futuristically with your cellphone, Galaxy Tab Flash is what's called an "Embarrassment of Riches," and the pricetag on the original Apple-1 (made by Steve Wozniak and distributed from Steve Jobs parents house) is expected to be around $161,000 to $242,000. Cheep!
An original Apple-1 computer will go up for auction at Christie's on November 23, apparently hand-made by Steve Wozniak and "despatched from the garage of Steve Jobs' parents' house – the return address on the original packaging present here." The Apple-1 was the machine that Jobs and Wozniak first began with in 1976, and estimates suggest only 200 were produced; Christie's expect this No.84 example to sell for somewhere in the region of $161,000 to $242,000.
ViewSonic's new ViewPad Android tablets aren't expected to reach the US market until later this year, but company VP Adam Hanin is already taking a fighting stance when it comes to Steve Jobs' criticisms of 7-inch slates. Speaking to Laptop, Hanin says the Apple CEO "may be a little afraid of this category" and is lashing out at "whatever he can to attack because he sees (7-inch tablets) as a challenge to the dominance of the iPad."
The reader application known as Pulse is really successful and big. I mean really big, and really really successful. So big and successful (and nice looking, and it has pretty hair and a nice smile) that Steve Jobs featured it in his keynote speech at WWDC. Today we found out that SlashGear is amongst the cool people on the list for Featured Sources on the app. Hooray!
Apple has made its minimalist reputation by paring down hardware controls to the bare necessities, and one of the more useful switches has been the screen rotation lock on the side of the iPad. Originally intended as a mute switch, as on the iPhone, the control changed function ahead of the slate's launch and became far more useful in the process. Now, it seems, Apple has decided to reverse engines and, post-iOS 4.2, change the control back to its original purpose with no software workaround.