Un artículo de Jay Elliot en Forbes (Jay es autor de The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a new generation) apuesta a que no habrá problema.

» …  So who will run the Steve-less Apple? We can find clues in the recent past.

In late 2003, when early adopters and techno-addicts were buzzing about what nifty, gotta-have product Apple would introduce next, what we were introduced to instead was the distressing news that Steve had pancreatic cancer. In spring 2009, the medical news of Cupertino was about a liver transplant.

For eight-plus years, he has been unable to stick with his unique day-by-day, hands-on, no-decision-without-my-approval way of creating products and running the company — a style that with almost any other corporate leader has been a virtually guaranteed formula for failure. So far, it’s clear that Steve Jobs has created a team and structure that are capable of functioning splendidly even without him at the helm.

This was most recently in evidence with the launch of the original iPad. Steve was on leave most of the time during the final stages of iPad development and launch. Even so, the iPad proved to be another ground-breaking product with sales topping billions of dollars in the first couple of months, bringing new life to a segment of the computer market that had until then been essentially moribund. Buyers, especially the young, have gone gaga over the iPad. Steve was even less able to take part in development of the second-generation iPad he has just announced, yet a first look suggests that his team has successfully applied all the lessons they learned from working under him.

Over the years, Steve has generated a nearly uncanny ability to recognize talent and to recruit almost everyone he has ever set his eye on. The result is a team that inspires confidence for the future. … «