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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:


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.


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 room200 on 1/17/2011 11:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
You should also remember that sentiment if anyone in your family or someone you love requires the transplant of a vital organ.

RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By MrTeal on 1/17/2011 11:59:45 AM , Rating: 2
Like I said, I do hope Steve Jobs gets better. My comment was to the original poster's request that the community set aside their differences, and all post get well wishes for Mr Jobs.

How many other Apple employees have taken medical leave in the last year? Did they get a thread of get well wishes? How many people spend the last months/years of their lives dying alone, with no one to wish them well? And yet, people obsess about making public declarations supporting Jobs, or another other celebrity who's sick, hurt or going into rehab. If he's touched your life, fine. But don't act like he's more deserving than anyone else in the same position.

RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By maven81 on 1/17/2011 5:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. As much as people would like to say this is no different then anyone else, that is clearly false. Jobs is a billionaire. He has access to care that you, me and most mere mortals can only dream about. I do hope he recovers because I don't wish this sort of illness on anyone, but let's have some perspective here.

RE: Get Well Soon Steve-the-Genius
By room200 on 1/17/2011 6:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a Chicagoan. I felt the same way about Walter Payton. He developed cancer. I was one of those people saying "Oh, he's rich and is a celebrity. He'll survive." Imagine my shock when he died months later. Sometimes, it doesn't matter if the person is a celebrity, or homeless on the street. I'm not one to obsess over the death of someone famous. i just think it's a loss whenever someone who's contributed to this country is lost; famous or not.

Furthermore, I remember I was on a discussion board a few years ago. There was a poster that I used to disagree with, vehemently. We even cussed each other out a few times. When I was diagnosed with heart failure and went missing from the discussion board, that guy I didn't really know found me and sent me a get well card at my job. I was SHOCKED (and a little freaked out LOL) Sometimes, you just never know where sympathy/love/compassion comes from. When you get either, it simply doesn't matter that it comes from someone you don't know. Just sayin'.

By maven81 on 1/17/2011 10:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone disagrees with what you said, absolutely, a little empathy would go a long way. But while I don't think that being rich is a guarantee that anyone will live, you better believe that it increases your chances. When my mother developed cancer we could not get her the best treatment because her insurance wasn't that great and the supposedly good centers like sloan wanted 500 dollars even for a consultation. Now would it have made any difference? I don't know. But I do know that for someone with a lot of money that issue would never come up. Well anyway I am glad that things turned out ok for you. That is always good to hear.

By bernardl on 1/17/2011 6:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Mr. Jobs is clearly a public figure on top of a very high profile public company. It shouldn't come as a surprise that he needs to control rumors surrounding his actions and condition.

I don't find shocking that people wish him well considering his health situation. That is just normal empathy isn't it?

Regarding aapl, it should be plenty obvious that Apple is in for a long and successful run. Jobs has had enough time to bring in the right people and more than enough time to define a clear strategy for years to come.

I am very critical of some of Apple moves in terms of content control and progressive underinvestment in high end Macs but they remain the most innovative company out there, and one of the very few ones able to release final products meeting the intend of their designers.


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