More than three months into a medical leave from Apple Inc. (AAPL), Steve Jobs remains closely involved in key aspects of running the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook runs the day-to-day operations, but Jobs, an Apple co-founder and the company’s creative leader, regularly reviews products and product plans and has continued to work on the co.’s most important strategies and products from home. He was particularly involved in the user interface of the new iPhone operating system that Apple unveiled last month, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.
Jobs is also involved in the development of future projects, the paper said. People privy to the Cupertino, Calif.-based company and its strategies say Apple is working on new iPhone models and a portable device that is smaller than its current laptop computers but bigger than the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Mr. Jobs, 54, who was treated in 2004 for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, took a medical leave in early January, saying he would return in June and would remain involved in “major strategic decisions while I am out.”
Steve has made no public appearances or statements since then, and it has been unclear just how involved he continued to be, the Journal said.