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Steve Jobs Takes Leave Of Absence

David Gilbert


Steve Jobs Takes Leave Of Absence

Steve Jobs today sent an email to all staff at Apple to inform them that he would be taking a leave of absence on health grounds – though he stressed he would continue as CEO of the company and be involved in all major strategic decisions.

Jobs of course has a long history of battling medical conditions going back to 2004 when he was diagnosed with and subsequently beat pancreatic cancer. Then in 2008/9 he took another six month leave of absence to recover from a liver transplant – which he again made a full recovery from. There is no indication at the moment what the reason behind Jobs’ latest leave of absence is, though with Apple due to announce financial results tomorrow, we may learn more then.

The full email sent to employees at Cupertino is as follows:


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.


In 2009 when Jobs took a leave of absence, Apple's COO Tim Cook, who last week announced the Verizon iPhone 4, took control and we will be seeing something similar happen this time around. We’ll keep you updated about any further information we get about this breaking news and hope Steve Jobs makes a speedy recovery.

Lon Bailey

January 17, 2011, 7:59 pm

Whether one agrees with Steve Jobs or not, his contributions to the advances in information management (and to the way our world uses information) cannot be denied. Although I don't buy your products, Steve, here's my best wishes towards a speedy recovery.


January 18, 2011, 1:49 am

There are afterall more important things than tech gadgets gizmos and computers.


January 18, 2011, 2:27 am

I also do not buy Apple products, but the tech world would be a duller place and not be the same with out Mr Jobs!


January 18, 2011, 2:44 am

I'd like to echo Lon's words. As a long time Apple fan I'd like to wish Steve Jobs all the best for a speedy recovery.


January 18, 2011, 4:43 am

It's funny, you can be one of the greatest influences on mankind (electronics) and have all the money you'll ever need in the world, but money can't buy you your health.

The irony of the human condition.

Get well soon Jobs.


January 18, 2011, 8:26 am

All the best to Steve, but I don't like how he's always made out to be the sole reason for success at Apple. If that were true, the company wouldn't have prospered for quite a while after he left and his endeavour with Next, Inc. wouldn't have been one big bucket of fail.

Steve has vision. I think his biggest accomplishment is realizing the greatness of Johnathan Ive and letting him work. That man IS Apple. People 'overpay' for Apple gadgetry because it looks sexy.

In 1998, everybody else thought painting a regular desktop black was the epitome of style. But Ive -and his team- came up with the iMac.


January 18, 2011, 5:31 pm


I believe that sometimes there's a synergy between a person and an organisation. Steve Jobs and Apple just works, in a way that Apple didn't when he wasn't there. He certainly works as a figurehead providing a clear sense of direction for the public. In the non-tech world, I reckon most people would have heard of Steve Jobs. What's his face, Balmer? Maybe. What about that bloke who runs Nokia now?


January 18, 2011, 6:17 pm

I too am not the biggest fan of Apple, but appreciate the immense contribution they have made to the consumer electronics market.

I wish Steve a speedy recovery. Hope he's back on our screens soon so that I can disagree with him once again :)


January 18, 2011, 6:20 pm

Speaking about Balmer, does he not remind anyone else of that villian character from the Dune Movie?


January 18, 2011, 11:47 pm


But I'm sure way more have heard of Billy Gates!

I view jobs in the same way as Ronaldo, I couldn't stand either of them but the tech world/Premiership are poorer without them.

I was watching a YouTube video the other day of Jobs introducing iTunes which really highlighted how much weight he's lossed over the years. Get well soon Stevie!


January 19, 2011, 12:34 am

@all - my analysis of what this means for Apple will be live on the site tomorrow morning.

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