Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence From Apple

Following the speculation, the turning of the final Macworld Keynote over to VP Phil Schiller, and an unprecedented open letter to the Apple community on his health, Steve Jobs today sent out word to Apple employees that he was taking a leave of absence from the company he co-founded. Text via Engadget:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

Needless to say, everyone here at TiPb wishes Steve Jobs a fast and full recovery.

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Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence From Apple

29 Comments

Hopefully he can get some rest and spend some time with his family. I wish him the best.

I hope that Steve gets better and that his medical condition isn't thats serious. If he is returning in the summer, he might surprise us with unveiling the next iPhone at WWDC '09 keynote

I hope everything works out for Steve. Hopefully his condition whatever it may be gets better. He's done great things at Apple and for consumers! We need him to get well not just for us but most importantly his family and friends.
Get well Mr. Jobs!!! Look for a healthy return.

Wow, stock is tanking in aftermarket trading..... Might be an opportunity to buy! Hope he gets well. BTW, he is a great leader as long as you are a great employee!

GET WELL SOON, STEVE!!! My family and I will always pray for your speedy RECOVERY. Thank you for hard work (innovations), sacrifices just to please us with these superb gadgets. You deserves a rest. May god bless you. <3

Great role for me & many of us..to stretch possibilities.
History will speak of SJ as they have with Disney.
A great legacy that he has already built.
To future visionaries & pathfinders..

Sorry to have to say this, but ...
It was clear back then, and its more clear today: "Hormone Imbalance" is a clear "tell" for quack medicine. Real docs don't say that kind of stuff.
Flame on...