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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:


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.

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RE: RIP...
By Pirks on 1/14/2009 7:54:36 PM , Rating: 0
over priced items that do nothing more then what else is out there
Oh really? How about that:

Especially this:

Doesn't look like it's "nothing more then what else is out there", now does it? ;-)

I love to shoot down old urban legends like "Macs are overpriced", and what's interesting is that a major Wintel PC review site is my main proof in this case. Just look at the graphs above!

Let's see if there will be anything interesting in reply to that, besides rating me down to -1 and a few braindead comments from Reclaimer, SavagePotato and other similar Microsoft zombies. These idiots are predictable and boring, gimme somethin' fresh! :-)

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
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 :)))

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