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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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God speed Steve
By hiscross on 1/14/2009 8:15:37 PM , Rating: -1
To those whom have shown how absolutely classless you really are I hope you will consider how absolutely cruel you degrading a person when he is sick. Maybe you'll live forever in perfect health and have no worries, but the majority of the human race will never be so fortunate. Give the man some respect, that is, if you can understand respect.

RE: God speed Steve
By SlyNine on 1/14/2009 8:41:05 PM , Rating: 3
Yea I hate to kick someone when their lieing on a bed of cash.

RE: God speed Steve
By hiscross on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: God speed Steve
By SlyNine on 1/17/2009 4:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'd certainly feel much more sorry for him.

RE: God speed Steve
By foolsgambit11 on 1/14/2009 8:58:42 PM , Rating: 3
Has he changed because he's sick? I don't want him to die; on the contrary, I hope he fully recovers soon. But why should his illness change my opinion of him (whatever that opinion may be)?

To take it to ridiculous extremes, Osama Bin Laden may have kidney disease and need dialysis. He may have diabetes, apparently. Should I speak respectfully and piously of him, as well?

There's nothing special about dying - anyone can do it. The important thing is what you do with your life, and I think people are just expressing what they think of how Jobs has lived his life.

RE: God speed Steve
By hiscross on 1/14/2009 9:15:46 PM , Rating: 1
"There's nothing special about dying" Dying brings final judgment. That will special forever

"I think people are just expressing what they think of how Jobs has lived his life." Like the people who wrote their feelings actually know Steve. Sure they do, they just speak negative because that what they appear to be negative people. Maybe they can become "Change we can believe in" and become positive. Now that would be nice, and while they are at it give Steve some respect. He never killed anyone.

RE: God speed Steve
By robinthakur on 1/15/2009 5:54:30 AM , Rating: 2
I think you've revealed your crazyness when you start comparing Steve jobs to Osama Bin Laden...I agree that illness shouldn't change your opinion of somebody generally, but its a littel tasteless to read that he's so ill in the main story and then scroll down to read all these heartless crass comments which actually say more about the commenters non existent sense of compassion than Mr Jobs.

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