I had dinner with Phil on Thursday and due to me being away from Internet access for the better part of two days by this time I was unsure of the Apple world around me. Phil proceeded to inform me that Steve Jobs had just announced that he was taking 6 months off in order to deal with his health. Tim Cook is now in charge of the day to day stuff but the big decisions will still require Jobs' input.
I think it is a great thing on Jobs' part to take the time off. I sure know all about stress. The reason I was in Palmerston North and thus able to catch a meal with Phil was because I am involved in a project that makes me want to have my eyeballs ripped out through my nostrils by rabid wolverines. It was so stressful that come Saturday I woke up with a migraine and ended up puking all day... when I wasn't sleeping it off. So when I heard that the next six months were going to be largely sans Jobs I was excited.
The next six months are going to be very interesting but I feel that Apple is not going to fall apart without Jobs because Jobs is no idiot. The analysts are but then that's why those dinks don't run multi-national companies do they. They sit at a desk and tell people stuff that sounds good. Jobs has hired some amazing people and one of those people is Tim Cook (http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/cook.html).