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Jobs takes second medical leave of absence from Apple

Apple's Steve Jobs had a big 2010. He oversaw the launch of the iPad, iPhone 4, and popular new MacBook Air models. In more recent news, Apple's market cap surpassed the $300 billion USD mark.

Despite all the positive news on the company front, it appears that Jobs' health is once again the in spotlight. Jobs released the following statement today:

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve 

Jobs last took a medical leave of absence in January 2009, and was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer. He received a liver transplant in early 2009 and was back at the helm of Apple in late June 2009.

We all here at DailyTech wish Jobs a speedy recovery.



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RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By vol7ron on 1/17/2011 11:05:15 AM , Rating: 2
The market wouldn't last too long anyhow.

It makes no sense to stick to one device series (iPad/Touch/Phone) when no other manufacturers support it.

If you go Droid, you can get all your apps, then if something happens, or a new and better product comes out, you can switch to it w/o needing to re-buy apps. Plus all your settings are saved.

With Apple, you're waiting on hardware releases, which seem to come once a year and updates, which seem more to focus on anti-jailbreaking, rather than making the device better. Even the multitasking on the iOS is a joke - "better than nothing", yes; "could have been better", hell yes.

Reasons stated above: I think Apple shares will deplete as time goes on, unless they come out with some new innovation or partnership. They had a head start on the market, but Droid devices will take the lead as they mature. Personally, I like seeing the competition.


RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/17/2011 12:12:20 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
If you go Droid, you can get all your apps, then if something happens, or a new and better product comes out, you can switch to it w/o needing to re-buy apps. Plus all your settings are saved.


Your ignorance regarding iOS is staggering. You really have no idea wtf you are talking about.

Also, Google is absolutely clueless when it comes to curating a platform. Microsoft and Apple have done a significantly better job with iOS and WP7. The "openness" of Android is a farce given that numerous devices are continuously left in the cold when it comes to OS updates. Then there is fragmentation, carriers doing what they will with the platform, it is a mess. I don't know a single person on Android that isn't planning on dropping it for iOS or WP7 in the near future.


RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By T2k on 1/21/11, Rating: 0
By mellomonk on 1/17/2011 5:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It makes no sense to stick to one device series (iPad/Touch/Phone) when no other manufacturers support it.


This is a curious statement. What type of support are you speaking of? Short of Flash, their isn't much they need support wise as long as web standards are followed. As far as accessories and the like, they are vastly more supported then any Android device. That isn't likely to change anytime soon despite Androids overall sales dominance. If I am a accessory manufacture how can I possibly make my widget work for all the myriad of Android device shapes, sizes and the like?

Open is great and noble in practice. But just like in governance, a little focus and control can go a long way.


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