Returning in July.
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.