Steve Jobs has been on a medical leave of absence from Applesince early this year. As I'm writing this, he just announced thathe was no longer able to carry out his duties as CEO of Apple. It is sad news when anyone has to give up theirpassion and, in his case, face an unknown demon–at least unknown tothe public–within his body.

Jobs has lived to make everyone's lives easier and fix problemsyou didn't know you had such as carrying around a cell phone,camera, music player and laptop separately. This techno geek has afollowing that rivals the greatest professional sports players,and, yet, he and they are mere mortals with some parts that cannotbe fixed or replaced.

Can Apple maintain its top innovative-follower status withoutSteve Jobs? Jobs co-founded Apple and has been kicked out andbrought back in. Apparently, the powers that be at Apple discoveredhe had something no one else was going to deliver. It's been saidthat Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has the skills to run Apple.He's been there and performed the multitude of those skills allalong, and he could do very well as CEO.

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