Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave

By on January 18, 2011
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Tim Cook to step for day-to-day decisions.

In an email to his employees, Apple boss Steve jobs announced that he is taking medical leave to focus on his health.

The outspoken and controversial frontman of the iDevice maker said that he will continue as CEO and partake in every major decision, however day to day running of the company will be handed over to Tim Cook.

Here is his email:


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 had previously suffered from pancreatic cancer back in 2004, and also had a liver transplant in 2009 when he had taken a six month leave from the office. A source at The New York Times reports that Jobs has been suffering from “ups and downs” lately, much typical to those dealing with immune system issues related to the liver transplant.

Mr. Jobs suffers from immune system issues common with people who have received liver transplants and, as a result, his health suffers from frequent “ups and downs,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it.

In recent weeks, Mr. Jobs began a down cycle and slowed his activities at Apple, the person said. Mr. Jobs has been coming to the office about two days a week, and appeared increasingly emaciated, the person said. He frequently lunched in his office, rather than in the company cafeteria, the person said.

We wish Steve Jobs a quick recovery.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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