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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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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!


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