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Steve Jobs Taking Leave Of Absence

Having dismissed the rumours circulating about his health pre-MacWorld, we might have been forgiven for thinking (or, for those of the Church of Apple probably praying) that we'd heard the last about Steve Jobs' health for a while. Sadly, especially for Apple's CEO, that isn't the case and Jobs has now announced that "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."

This decision isn't entirely health related, though. Jobs says that "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." Although his medical issues are a factor in this decision to take some time off as well, unsurprisingly. Jobs' explaining that "during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought."

Taking over from Steve Jobs during his absence is Apple's Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook. However, Jobs says he still plans "to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out" which, thinking optimistically, implies that while apparently more serious than initially thought, Jobs' health issues still aren't too severe.

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AndyR

January 15, 2009, 4:39 pm

Get well soon Steve!





I don't personally think he'll be back but you never know. Apple will continue without him and are in a much better position than they would have been without him at all.

MadMacs

January 15, 2009, 5:32 pm

Get well soon Steve!





And where are these new iMac's & Mac Mini's at like?

smc8788

January 15, 2009, 5:39 pm

Why do you still use the old stripy Apple logo? They haven't used that for about 10 years AFAIK...

Hugo

January 15, 2009, 5:41 pm

It's still recognisable and, more importantly, it's awesome!

Gordon394

January 15, 2009, 6:07 pm

@smc8788 - was thinking the same thing, but it's a Hugo quirk. We have a modern Apple thumbnail but he refuses to use it!

Chocoa

January 15, 2009, 7:04 pm

Its sure good to see people here wishing the guy well, all some people on others sites have done is bitch about is how his absense will affect shares in Apple with him of the hot seat - sick - the bitchers that is! I guess they are jealous he made a mark in the world....





Personally, I wish him well - speaking as a total non mac (anything) owner. I think he may be gone permanently, this is a drip feed to the porcine share feeders so they don't bomb the company - Jobs does not look well poor bloke.





And ah! happy memories of the logo! It shows you how true to faith the company have been over the years, both in ethos and style. Good on yu Huga :-)

HY

January 15, 2009, 10:37 pm

An apple a day (real ones) keeps the doctor away!

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