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Jobs hopes to return in June

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:

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

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.



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RIP...
By Marlin1975 on 1/14/2009 6:39:33 PM , Rating: -1
To a man that can sell a fridge to a eskimo.

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.




RE: RIP...
By Phynaz on 1/14/2009 6:44:37 PM , Rating: 1
So it only took to the second post for the hate...


RE: RIP...
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 1/14/2009 6:57:06 PM , Rating: 5
He is dead on though. Jobs and his RDF are wonders of marketing. I never knew just how much myself until he got up in front of the audience and told of the magical switch to an Intel platform and how it was like the second coming for the macintosh pc line. He was bashing Intel for years when Apple was using the IBM Power PC platform. Yet the crowd cheered at this abrupt about face without hesitation or question.

Frankly I dislike Jobs and all he stands for. (Appearance over all else)


RE: RIP...
By cmdrdredd on 1/14/2009 7:04:49 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Frankly I dislike Jobs and all he stands for. (Appearance over all else)


From the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley"

Jobs: "Our stuff is better!" *glaring stare to Bill Gates*
Gates: *stare with wide eyes* "...It doesn't matter" *Turns and walks away*
Jobs: *mad look on his face*


RE: RIP...
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 1/14/2009 7:10:36 PM , Rating: 3
That was a great movie. The actors look and feel like young Bill and Steve.


RE: RIP...
By foolsgambit11 on 1/14/2009 8:27:46 PM , Rating: 2
I loved seeing Anthony Michael Hall as Gates. Well, seeing him in anything is fun. Like, is that the same little kid who brought a flare gun to school because his elephant lamp wouldn't light up in The Breakfast Club? It is!


RE: RIP...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: RIP...
By Goty on 1/14/2009 7:27:06 PM , Rating: 4
Neither would most PC users. You have to remember, people like us that visit these kinds of sites are in the extreme minority.


RE: RIP...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/14/2009 7:29:35 PM , Rating: 5
Except our extreme minority is way bigger than your's. So HA!

/kicks sand in face and runs


RE: RIP...
By Goty on 1/14/2009 9:24:09 PM , Rating: 3
... by "us" I mean PC users, so good job!


RE: RIP...
By foolsgambit11 on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: RIP...
By Oregonian2 on 1/14/2009 7:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So it only took to the second post for the hate...


Are you counting my post that mentioned the event in another thread before this thread was started? :-)


RE: RIP...
By AstroCreep on 1/14/2009 9:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised it took that long.


RE: RIP...
By cmdrdredd on 1/14/2009 7:00:03 PM , Rating: 5
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.


LOL so true and you wouldn't imagine how many times I hear "how come you don't have a MacBook?" when I'm sitting on wifi somewhere. My answer? "Because I don't like to spend $1000 on a computer with less memory, smaller HDD, and smaller screen just because someone like you thinks it's cool"

Really, it's like marketing a Horse Turd only polished to people who shovel Cow Turds daily.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: RIP...
By zombiexl on 1/14/2009 8:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
So you have a battery life graph. Apple has impressive battery life, according to the graph anyway.

The main question is why are the macs not included in any other graphs in that article?


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: RIP...
By foolsgambit11 on 1/14/2009 8:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why aren't any of the MacBooks in the 720p playback test? Did they not bother to install software that could do it, or is it not possible? What are the MacBook numbers when running Vista - you know, like you'll need to do if you want to play most games (if the graphics system is up to the task in the first place)?

Your links show not that Macs can do something more than what else is out there - they just do what they can do longer. But for many people's usage models, the MacBook does provide a good option. Of course, if you need to use your PC longer, you can just carry extra batteries - not an option on the Air or this year's MBP.

You could just run OSX (illegally) on any other PC, and then you'd be able to see the same power numbers, roughly. Assuming that the hacking required to get it running doesn't break the power saving controls. But you'd be able to get the hardware you want, or equivalent hardware at a lower price. Though it may not look as pretty. And I acknowledge that Macs aren't always as overpriced as some people make them out to be. Especially on the high end, since WinPCs generally have extravagant markups as well.

Again - there's definitely a usage model where Macs make sense. But the practical part of that usage model (which isn't huge) is being hacked away at by netbooks and low-priced notebooks, which offer similar capabilities for a much lower price. Netbooks haven't completely co-opted that usage model, but they are starting to encroach. That leaves aesthetics, which I won't pooh-pooh as a purchase criterion. I like my consumer electronics to look good, too.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: RIP...
By PhoenixKnight on 1/14/2009 11:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't necessarily prove that Macs are better at power efficiency, just OS X :p


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:30:02 AM , Rating: 1
Since Macs are sold with Mac OS X as default OS this makes them more efficient, from the point of view of the consumer.


RE: RIP...
By acase on 1/15/2009 9:06:45 AM , Rating: 3
Smelling your own farts can be efficient too. The problem lies in what it is efficient at doing...


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The problem lies in what it is efficient at doing
The answer to that question is in the anandtech articles links to which I posted here. If you are too dumb to understand these articles, I can't help you. Try chewing some mentats, maybe THIS will help :)))


RE: RIP...
By AlexWade on 1/14/2009 9:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it is overpriced. But the man is a marketing genius. He could sell iDirt for $200 a box, he is that good. Without Steve Jobs, Apple is nothing. With him, Apple is relevant. He plays to his base and does it well.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: RIP...
By cmdrdredd on 1/14/2009 10:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
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?


How often do you do REAL work on a laptop without it plugged into a power source? You lose and fall flat on your face here because nobody uses a 17" laptop as a true laptop, I've never once seen anyone with a MacBook Pro out at starbucks. Users with these systems use it as their main system plugged into power 90% or more of the time. Period.

The fact is, it IS overpriced. You get a faster CPu, faster and bigger HDD, and more memory standard with a Windows based laptop. If you're looking at 17" you aren't concerned with uber portability which is where you'd need a long battery life.

lets see performance graphs? Oh wait...you can't produce them. Curious...maybe because the Apple system is gimped internals with a fancy case.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: RIP...
By StevoLincolnite on 1/14/2009 11:07:53 PM , Rating: 3
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.


RE: RIP...
By cmdrdredd on 1/14/2009 11:42:49 PM , Rating: 3
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.


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.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: RIP...
By Captain828 on 1/15/2009 2:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think you've been taking your medication as of late...

guys, let's just leave the poor guy alone


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: RIP...
By B3an on 1/15/2009 5:10:58 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, just F*** off Pirks. Nobody listens to you. ALL your post get rated down. You insult everyone, are really smug, have a superiority complex, think you know more about computers (when in reality if you did, you wouldn't be using macs) and you're more immature than a average 12 year old kid.

You sum up every stereo type about apple users.


RE: RIP...
By robinthakur on 1/15/2009 5:47:20 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
think you know more about computers (when in reality if you did, you wouldn't be using macs


Sorry but that is utter BS. I work in IT as a SharePoint Developer and website developer/designer and I use a Macbook Pro as well as PC's, there's nothing inherently wrong with Macbooks, they are decent machines which are well built and designed. Even though I know I could technically get the same spec cheaper, the way the little things like the magnetic power cable, track pad, ports array, and keyboard (and obviously OSX when I'm not booted to Vista) have been designed make it worth it *in my opinion* not to mention the consistantly pleasing design in general.

To a certain crowd (i.e. not gamers or people who build their own) Macbooks are not appealing because you can't really tweak them. I would never have considered buying one in the past when I used to build PC's and overclock, but now my priorities have changed somewhat, and all my gaming is done on the consoles and I use pc's for productivity stuff like Photoshop/Maya/Visual Studio etc only. In this context, or for people who aren't gamers, Macbooks are a viable and compelling alternative.

The premium you pay over similarly specced laptops which aren't bargain bin tat or a netbook isn't as great as you might think...I've owned Lenovos and Dell's in the past and wouldn't go back unless Apple really mess up.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Trying to talk to braindead zombie named B3an? Don't waste your time, robinthakur. He's beyond repair, just like SavagePotato, it's obvious.


RE: RIP...
By B3an on 1/16/2009 4:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
The only one beyond repair here is you pirks, obvious from your all your rated down posts. Yet you cant get it through your thick skull. Should change your name to iSheep.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/16/2009 1:52:32 PM , Rating: 1
Too afraid to reply to robinthakur, PC pussy? *LOL* Just quetly swallowed his "your words about Macs, B3an, is utter BS"? How does it taste, pussy? :))


RE: RIP...
By Aloonatic on 1/15/2009 4:55:52 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, comparing "premium" car brands is a pretty good comparison.

They usually offer little more intrinsic value over cheaper cars, many even have less power or a similar amount but weigh more so offer no greater performance but they have a few more bells and whistles, look nicer and (most importantly) have a badge on them that the owner is convinced makes people go "ooooh" look how successful, cool, rich or whatever the add tells you they are and charge you much much more for the privilege.

People are welcome to buy their BMWs and Lexie etc (what is the plural of Lexus? Lexuses/Lexie???) and can pay ridiculously over the odds for every little extra and think that you look great, where as most people think you're an ass who may or may not have a side line in non prescription medications that the authorities might be interested in.

I'm not sure how pointing out that car manufacturers are as bad as Apple helps you out though.

The same can be said about designer clothing brands too. There are many things that have no more value than what some add man has convinced you that exists. If you're happy with what you've got then good for you.

Key word for the day is "brand".


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 3:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm not sure how pointing out that car manufacturers are as bad as Apple helps you out though
Since when satisfying your consumer desires is considered BAD behavior in the business world?? What a nonsense.


RE: RIP...
By StevoLincolnite on 1/15/2009 3:47:39 AM , Rating: 2
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.


And I could pay less by building myself a system rather than a Dell, I see your point, but the point is a bit pointless considering we all vote with our wallets.

I'm not a Mac fan by any length. (I hate the Operating system personally), but the constant arguing of which platform is better almost creates a migraine.


RE: RIP...
By Nirach on 1/15/2009 5:56:08 AM , Rating: 1
Daft question, but how the chuff does a set of charts about battery life relate to cost?

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.


RE: RIP...
By acase on 1/15/2009 9:20:10 AM , Rating: 3
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.


I don't blame you, who would want 5 danglies?


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Daft question, but how the chuff does a set of charts about battery life relate to cost?
I don't know, really. I was also wondering myself, why the chuff all those ultra fuel economy cars with electric/fuel cell/etc stuff cost so much more than your cheapo gas guzzling Crown Victoria 2000. The world if full of enigmas, man :o)


RE: RIP...
By robinthakur on 1/15/2009 5:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
The more I read Dailytech, the more it seems people lack civility and general decency. The guy is clearly majorly ill, yet in your tiny minds, some product that he created (which was very successful) and the way in which that product was marketed is somehow more important.

The way in which Apple dealt with an issue I had with my iPhone 3G recently really annoyed me and made me question their arrogance (make an appointment at the iPhone helpdesk to get a broken headset replaced with a wait time of 3 days!! However they did resolve my strong complaint very well and quickly) but I wouldn't deny them their dues and especially Steve jobs who has been a powerhouse for the company and for the industry in general, purely for the sake of being mean spirited.

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.


RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:41:05 PM , Rating: 1
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.
Man, why are you wasting your time typing all this in vain? You think local Wintel/Microsoft zombies will get it? Their brains are dead and been so for a looong time, so leave it to me. I have a nice stick for them ;) When you see MS/Wintel zombie like B3an or SavagePotato - you just hit it. Why talk if it has no brain? :-) Have fun beating the zombies here, and don't waste your time talking to them!


RE: RIP...
By kelmon on 1/15/2009 6:06:58 AM , Rating: 2
I wasn't going to post anything but I just want to say that most of the people posting on this article and particularly this thread of discussion disgust me. You should all be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.

Get well soon. Is that so difficult to say?


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