Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence from Apple
It appears that the extent of Steve Jobs' health problems were greater than what was previously released to the public. Earlier this month, Jobs released a statement to the Apple community detailing his battle a hormone imbalance which caused him to lose weight.
At the time, Jobs stated that he would step aside should he feel that he could no longer serve as Apple's CEO. It appears that the day is here as Steve Jobs announced in a letter to Apple employees that he leave his day-to-day workload to focus on his health. Tim Cook will step in to fill Jobs' large shoes in his absence. Here is Jobs' letter in its entirety:
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.
We won't delve into conspiracy theories about Jobs' health or who knew what when, but the whole DailyTech team wishes him the best in his road to recovery. And when June rolls around, we will gladly welcome him back into the news circuit complete with his black turtleneck, jeans, and tennis shoes.
quote: I wonder if Job’s doctors are like his products, overpriced and underwhelming
quote: what does the virus resistance of his Doctors have to do with his health?
quote: most Mac people love to type at Starbucks so much
quote: how else would they get those hot Mac babes to chat them up?
quote: Form over function, isn’t that Mac’s corporate policy?
quote: Apple is a highly image driven company. No Jobs - no magic.
quote: Pancreatic cancer has a terrible survival rate...
quote: Frankly I dislike Jobs and all he stands for. (Appearance over all else)
quote: So it only took to the second post for the hate...
quote: Or in other words over priced items that do nothing more then what else is out there but at a lot more money and over glam metrosexual image appeal.
quote: over priced items that do nothing more then what else is out there
quote: why are the macs not included in any other graphs in that article?
quote: The problem lies in what it is efficient at doing
quote: Yes, it is overpriced.
quote: Without Steve Jobs, Apple is nothing
quote: Enjoy your stupid urban legend about overpriced Macs while smart people use the graphs and numbers above to make a reasonable choice, not affected by moronic urban legends of yours. quote: Without Steve Jobs, Apple is nothing As long as PCs trail way behind Macs as shown in the graphs/numbers above it doesn't matter if Jobs guides Apple or someone else guides Apple. The strength of the Mac is in those graphs above, not in Jobs. Got it?
quote: How often do you do REAL work on a laptop without it plugged into a power source?
quote: You lose and fall flat on your face
quote: nobody uses a 17" laptop as a true laptop, I've never once seen anyone with a MacBook Pro out at starbucks
quote: You get a faster CPu, faster and bigger HDD, and more memory standard with a Windows based laptop
quote: If you're looking at 17" you aren't concerned with uber portability which is where you'd need a long battery life
quote: maybe because the Apple system is gimped internals with a fancy case
quote: Seriously, I wish people would get over the PC vs Mac debates, Sure it may have been relevant when the Mac used the Power PC Processors... but now they use Intel. They are basically a dulled-up PC with a different operating system whacked on it.
quote: you can buy a 15.4" windows laptop with 320GB HDD & 4GB Memory for around $300 less
quote: think you know more about computers (when in reality if you did, you wouldn't be using macs
quote: I'm not sure how pointing out that car manufacturers are as bad as Apple helps you out though
quote: Doesn't change the fact that you're paying hundreds, maybe up to a thousand dollars more than you have to for a similar configured PC system. Actually you can buy a 15.4" windows laptop with 320GB HDD & 4GB Memory for around $300 less than a base MacBook with 160GB HDD and 2GB of memory with a comparable CPU.
quote: Just an FYI, Macs can suck my danglies :) I've had four of the damned things, and can safely say I never want another one.
quote: Daft question, but how the chuff does a set of charts about battery life relate to cost?
quote: Its simply incredibly undfair to give Apple, its designers, its marketers and Jobs himself such short shrift when he has proven time and again that he is an innovator in an industry of immitators. Apple's PR skills have taught MS a thing or two also, which can only benefit the wider PC audience outside the industry. Its telling that you have to concoct the RDF when a far simpler explanation is that people buy and like Apple products based on their merits relative to their competition.