Some Nerve: Apple Staffers Whine About Jobs' Return

Back from liver transplant, founder throws himself into work

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reportedly focusing full-time on a touch-screen gadget.

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Steve Jobs is back, baby, but not everyone at Apple is so thrilled about it.

The 54-year-old legendary Apple honcho returned from a liver transplant in June and has reportedly thrown himself full-time into the nitty gritty development and marketing of Apple’s hotly anticipated new touch-screen gadget.

Yet all the Cupertino-based company’s co-founder and chief visionary has received for his troubles is anonymous sniping from Apple employees in the Wall Street Journal. How soon they seem to have forgotten that it was Jobs who rescued the company from the ash heap so it could go on to create the iEverything.   

People have “had to readjust” to his return after having lost the “freedom on strategy and products” they once enjoyed during Jobs' abscence, a person described as "familiar with the matter" told the Journal.

Another employee told the paper that people who have been working on advertising and marketing for the secret project have been under particularly “intense scrutiny” from Jobs.

A source also revealed that Jobs had shelved the project twice in recent years over  battery life and memory concerns. Analysts expect the tablet to have video and gaming capability and possibly allow users to read e-books and newspapers, according to the Journal.  

In a response, Jobs told the Journal by email that "much of your information is incorrect." That settles it then.

If he really is the type of cold, hard boss described in this old scathing Times of London profile, can you blame his team for letting off a little steam?

At least Jobs can take solace that the paper's sources kept mum on details about the gadget and didn't divulge the date of its planned release.

That would have been really bad for Apple’s whole privacy obsession thing.

Too bad for us.
 

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