There was a report out of Reuters on Friday that Steve Wozniak could return to Apple, if the company was so inclined to bring him back.
Personally, I feel that “The Woz” is the only person iconic enough to replace Steve Jobs, godforbid should anything happen to Steve #1.
The Woz said, “There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They’re my own feelings, though.”
Wozniak did say that he would like Apple to be more open, so that he could tinker with it, being that he’s an engineer. But then again, so is Jobs. Personally I like the way Apple’s ecosystem is set up, but I’m also not a developer.
Being a CEO for certain companies mean you need to be a celebrity, as well as someone who knows how to dole out responsibilities. Wozniak has already proven he’s a celebrity, with his appearance on Dancing With The Stars being the most notable one.
You can not replace Steve Jobs as Apple’s CEO, there is no man on earth that could fill those shoes to the level Jobs has. Tim Cook, who is probably the most likely replacement for Jobs, has done an excellent job in his absence. In my opinion, I just don’t think he has the pizazz to be a salesmen, which is also a major job of being a CEO. You have to sell your product and your company, and know the ins and outs of your company better than anyone.
I don’t know if Wozniak has the ability to sell as well as Jobs does, but I do know tech geeks (and I consider myself one) would respond well to him taking over the most recognizable consumer electronic company in the world.
Ultimately I don’t think Wozniak comes back to Apple full time, and probably not as the CEO, being that he hasn’t been at the company in such a long time, despite still receiving a paycheck from there.
It sure would be interesting and fun though to see The Woz back in action in Cupertino though, wouldn’t it?