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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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Unfortunately, he's dying
By jamawass on 1/14/2009 9:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
The pancreas is one of the major hormonal organs in the body. When it's diseased with cancer it's going to cause a " hormonal imbalance". Personally I think he should just say he'd like to keep his health matters private rather than coming up with these ridiculous statements. I wish him all the best in his health battle, wonder what Apple will be without him.

RE: Unfortunately, he's dying
By Reclaimer77 on 1/14/2009 10:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
If he said he had cancer though, Apple's stock would take a hit.

RE: Unfortunately, he's dying
By Pirks on 1/14/2009 10:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
Moot point 'cause it took a hit after this piece of news anyway.

RE: Unfortunately, he's dying
By Reclaimer77 on 1/14/2009 10:42:37 PM , Rating: 3
You think that's a hit ? If he straight up came out and said "I have cancer, and it doesn't look good" the stock would plummet.

Any trained monkey could crank out Crapple products. But his fans don't know that. Apple is a highly image driven company. No Jobs - no magic.

RE: Unfortunately, he's dying
By Pirks on 1/15/2009 1:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is a highly image driven company. No Jobs - no magic.
That image is not in Jobs, it's in graphs and numbers on anandtech that I posted above (battery efficiency analysis by anandtech reviewers). Even if Jobs is gone, those graphs are not, hence the image stays too. Apple will beat Wintel PC world as long as they can demonstrate stuff like these anandtech graphs above. Whether only Jobs can force Apple to do it - is a big question, and you just answered to it by saying that any trained monkey can do computers as good as Macs. Which suggests by the way that all the other guys like MS/Dell/etc are staffed by untrained monkeys :))) *LOL*

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