Satoru Iwata is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor but is already handling some work while on the mend.
The company wants investors to simply discard any proxy card sent to them from Carl Icahn in advance of the annual meeting in May.
A pre-summer gathering of stockholders will put Mark Zuckerberg and company in the hot seat.
Apple's usually calm and collected CEO Tim Cook is reported to have reacted angrily to suggestions that Apple only act for profit in future.
The approval paves the way for Vodafone to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications.
The company's annual shareholders meeting kicks off tomorrow, but a high-profile item is no longer on the agenda.
Shareholders will vote in February on investor Carl Icahn's "non-binding" proposal to increase Apple's stock buyback program to $50 billion.
An overwhelming number of shareholders vote in favor of selling Nokia's Devices business.
The company's second-annual stockholder gathering will feature an agenda of gripes and changes as suggested by shareholders.
The company will hold a special meeting of the shareholders on July 18 to approve the transaction between Dell and Michael Dell.