Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence

Almost exactly two years after he took his first medical leave of absence, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking another leave of absence to "focus on [his] health." Apple COO Tim Cook will take over day-to-day operations while Jobs will remain as CEO. Here's his email to all Apple employees:

Team,
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.
Steve

On behalf of everyone here at TiPb and Smartphone Experts we wish Steve Jobs a full and fast recovery.

[Engadget, Reuters]

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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west3man says:

We wish him well. (Not that he'll see this.)

Stacey says:

Get well soon Steve!! Your a legend!!!I'm praying you have a speedy recovery

DavidSights says:

Didn't see that coming. Sounds as if he'll be out all year. I'm curious about it. CNN just pinged about this story, Woot. And NYTimes. Go, TiPb for being on top of the game.

genzero says:

That sucks!! I hope he's back soon!

Pimp Lucious says:

Awww, sorry to hear that. Take all the time you need buddy.

Yo mama says:

I wish you get better soon.

desjones4ever says:

I wish him well. He is passionate about his work. Everything is in place probably for the next year. He deserves time. Life isn't just work.

sangs says:

I'm sure it's just coincidence they chose to release this on a day the markets are closed.

Corey says:

Not sure about you but I'm buying more stock as soon as they go down because of this...

(Copy of) Dev says:

Of course they did. This was timed not only to take place on a US holiday, but also to come immediately before Apple's earnings call, which will be outstanding and erase most, if not all, of the stock market damage done by this unfortunate medical issue.
But so what? Just because the CEO is gravely ill does not mean the company has to start acting irrationally.

9thWonder says:

that is a slightly weird then because apple stock normally drops right after earnings as people take profits, even with earnings beats.

SteveC says:

I just hope it's nothing too serious!

Rene Ritchie says:

Best wishes to Steve Jobs, his family and friends for a speedy and complete recovery.

Jbbarrette says:

Best wishes to you Steve.

treoprouser13 says:

All my best to Steve Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Dyvim says:

Bummer. Last time this happened, he had a liver transplant, so you know it's probably something serious. Hope he gets better soon.

chrisoldroyd says:

Best wishes Steve, get well soon!

Art VanDelay says:

Get well soon Mr Jobs. Hoping to see you in June , when you get to announce iPhone4Gs :)

Ilovegeorgia says:

God bless him. Get well soon Steve.

ghostface147 says:

I hope to be back as soon as possible? That doesn't sound encouraging. Either way, get well Steve.

Dr Krishna Raman says:

I wish him well. May God's grace be with you.
Dr Krishna Raman

Art VanDelay says:

You had to make sure you threw in that "Dr" title in there didnt ya ? :twisted:
In that case, I want to re-enter my message:
Get well soon Mr Jobs. Best wishes, Art the Importer&Exporter ! :lol:

Dr Krishna Raman says:

Shut Up you! I went to school for many many years to become a doctor , but what did YOU do to become an exporter or importer?
your daughter, Kicked My Dog!

jason says:

your daughter kicked my dog?
goes to show doctors these days are retarded =)

shaolinfinest says:

lol, could be just a dentist or..... a podiatrist.

a REAL doctor says:

Are you a real doctor (with a PhD) or do you have one of those degrees where they decided to just give you the title (e.g. medicine) even though you did earn it through the required years of education.

DOCTOR Pepper says:

I resent that challenge. Drink up.
And get well soon, Steve. Without you, the competition won't know what to aspire to.

Darkstar says:

Well, there goes my Apple stock. I do wish Steve well though. Get better soon Steve.

Redshirt says:

It's only an 8% drop so far overseas... ouch. Wish he waited till after earnings.

deferom says:

Hope he takes as much time as he needs and gets better soon.

James Thuerwaechter says:

Steve Jobs, as CEO of Apple, has essentially become the icon of Apple himself. No offense to cook, but the thought of someone else announcing the next iteration of the iPhone or iPad, is difficult to fathom

Sp1d3rz says:

U obviously didnt see the 3gs keynote.

Shrike says:

Best wishes Mr. Jobs! Your health is more important than Apple and its customers.

seb_or_sam says:

Best wishes to him and his family. Hope he has a full and restful recovery.

Damitol says:

I wish Steve all the best, but am very happy that he has surrounded himself with a lot of very dedicated, talented and capable people to run the show in his absense. Plus - he's only a FaceTime call away should they need his input on something.

Art VanDelay says:

:lol:
My apologies Dr ! In case you didnt notice, it was (Seinfeld) sarcasm ;) Chill out Doc ! :roll:

Pat MaGroin says:

Not that there's anything wrong with it.

west3man says:

C'mon. One could say that it's sad that things have gotten bad enough that he needs time off to see his health.
"Don't get sad 'til he gets dead!" Yowza.

Rapid says:

so does this mean he wont be doing the up coming announcements? Thye wont be the same without jobsy!

ren says:

Last time he was off we got 3GS which was just a copy of the last with an upgrade on the inside. I hope that is not the case this time. But if he needs time off for health then so be it. I wish him a speedy recovery

HungWell says:

I'm sure the blueprint is already in place for the next year. I'm also pretty sure as long as he can he's going to have the final say on everything even though he's not running day to day operations.

icebike says:

Actually, I thought a lot of things snuck into IOS the last time he was off, like MMS, cut and paste, and a few other things he was blocking. Maybe I have my timing off.....?

Crunch says:

I was sad to receive the news of more health problems for Steve Jobs. The most awesome gadget and the biggest bank account are meaningless when you don't have your health.
My most sincere and best wishes to Steve and his family for a speedy and full recovery. May they find the strength to fight off this latest ailment.

websyndicate says:

My prays are with you and your family during your difficult times.

Jason says:

It's *loser.
And if he's a loser, then what's a winner? I'm pretty sure the man makes more money in 1 minute then you do all year

MIke21 says:

(that was in reply to george, not jason)

kayno says:

Way to be human.. Steve is my Hero! He will live forever..

Limegrntaln says:

Prayers on a safe and speedy recovery.
And the "you kicked my dog was the funniest sh.. Ever! I remember that. Look it up it's a riot!

solar jon says:

I wonder what this means for this year's ilaunches. Steve really makes the difference.

Glenn#IM says:

He deserves some much needed time off to enjoy life. I hope all is well with him, and his family. A big thanks for what you have done. Get well soon.

icebike says:

Rene:
What's up with the obituary picture.
It creeps me out. Seem to accentuate the gravity of the situation beyond the actual released information. Sorta making it look like he died.
Here's hoping its just minor issues.

MIke21 says:

Last time this happened it turned out to be more serious than most people imagined, a major transplant. Hope that's not the case again.
One of these days he really is going to be retired or gone, and that's going to be one big traumatic event for at least 3 industries, maybe even bigger than losing Walt Disney.
Get well, Steve. Doctors, don't make any mistakes.

Chris Parsons says:

Best wishes for Steve.. Apple will not be the same in the time he is gone.

Dexter says:

Uh oh... methinks this might be the portent of sad tidings.

Tonia says:

Get well soon Mr. Jobs. I will be praying for you! Be blessed my dear friend.

tlo07 says:

Best wishes for Steve and his family. He has had enough to deal with as far as his health goes. Hopefully he will be back next year feeling great and hopefully weighing about 20 pounds more than he does now!

Microcosmos says:

Noooooooooooo!!!!! No! No! No! No! No!
I respect Mr. Jobs's need for privacy and wish him a speedy recovery...
And yes, my motives are somewhat selfish...
Last time Apple didn't do so well without their CEO...
Here's to hoping that Steve Jobs's confidence in his team translates into his team acting confidently!
Health and family definitely come first, and if Mr. Jobs does end up retiring soon rather than returning he is doing so at the top of his game. But I will sure miss him in the limelight saying "Boom!"
Alternative language dictionary for iBooks or no! ;) j/k. We all have our nitpicky gripes about the iPhone and iPad and iPod but we wouldn't speak up about them if we didn't care about the product and also if we didn't know we would get many of our wishes granted with the next update!!!!

Redshirt says:

Last couple times, Apple did fine (they had Tim Cook take over).

Macboy74 says:

Get well steveo. Hope your back soon.

mojonation1487 says:

mike21 You're comparing Steve Jobs to Walt Disney. Okay fanboy, that's a little much.

Jebadoa says:

Best wishes to you and your family Steve.