Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has weighed in to ameliorate growing concerns about the medical leave of long-time friend and Apple boss Steve Jobs.
Steve “the Woz” Wozniak, who was in Singapore recently, said: "Steve Jobs is only on partial leave. Even if he were to be on total leave, we have examined it.”
He also dismissed the notion that Cupertino would struggle without constant involvement from Jobs, stating: "Apple will go on pretty well even if he is not there directly."
The Cupertino head-honcho had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his pancreas in 2004, but had it removed successfully and resumed his role as CEO of the company. He’s also had a successful liver transplant in 2009, however fresh health problems forced him to take an indefinite break in January.
He made an appearance on stage last week to unveil the second-generation iPad but did not reveal any timeframe as to when he would fully return to duty, if at all.
Meanwhile, rumours of Apple looking at potential successor to Jobs are growing, with stand-in boss and COO Tim Cook and the less logical but more popular Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive high up on the list in tech circles.