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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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By Tony Swash on 1/17/2011 6:36:04 PM , Rating: 1

In a year Apple will have have 80% plus of the tablet market

People said that of the iPhone in 2009.

I don't think they did as Apple has never had 80% of the smart phone market. Apple's phone sales have more than doubled since then by the way (20 million in 2009 and 40 million in 2010).

Seems to me that Windows tablets have a pretty good shot!!!

Right there you haver identified the problem. Microsoft may have a lot of bits and pieces that may match up (theoretically) with parts of the Apple services spectrum but none of it links up that well. Compared to Apple's services stack it is incomplete and kludgy. And - this is the killer - Windows running on Intel silicon will never - never- be a success in the tablet world. The wrong silicon and the wrong OS.

Maybe Microsoft can pull something off with a new version of Windows/Office totally re-written for touch and running on ARM silicon but that's so far down the road that its all but irrelevant to the immediate future of the tablet market. Microsoft have nothing viable in the tablet market now and will still have nothing in a years time. Meanwhile their OEMs are jumping ship as fast as they can.

As for Android the problem is that Google's business model is not conducive to a creating an integrated services, media and app stack like Apple's. Again there are bits and pieces but nothing that snaps together like the Apple stuff. Google's approach to Android app development for example has been to support it just enough so that it can be seen to be comparable to iPhone app development whilst quietly nudging people away from paid apps and towards advertising supported apps (adverts supplied by Google of course). Google's efforts to support easy paid app purchase globally has been desultory and the reason is that making apps ad financed, as opposed to paid, is a much better fit to Google's ad based business.

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