18 Jan '11, 9am

Apple's Asian partners and rivals eye Jobs' health

HONG KONG - As Apple's legendary boss Steve Jobs goes on another medical leave of absence, analysts say his company's myriad Asian partners could suffer -- but rivals such as Samsung and Sony might cash in. Jobs, who is 55 and underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009, said he would continue as chief executive "and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company". Apple's fortunes have been uniquely linked to Jobs, who took the then flagging company in 1997 and transformed it with the introduction of innovative and wildly successful products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. But in Asia, home to many of Apple's major rivals and where the firm's products are actually made, analysts highlighted how uncertain its future would be without the talismanic innovator at the helm. Any long-term problem would see companies such as Japan'...

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