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Steve Jobs is Sick Again, Takes Another Leave

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

Get well soon, Steve.

Today is a holiday in the U.S., but all was not quiet on the American news wires. The big word today in the tech world is that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is not well.

In a letter to the Apple team, which was posted to the Apple press page, Steve Jobs informs his employees that he'll be handing the day-to-day operations to Tim Cook.

Cook previously took over for Steve Jobs when the Apple leader was going through his liver transplant quest.

Team,

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.

Steve

Love him or hate him, he's one of the most powerful and influential people in the world of computers and electronics who moves the industry forward. It's a little worrying that Jobs did not even provide a ballpark return date, so we wish him the very best and to get well soon.

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    alhanelem , January 18, 2011 12:31 AM
    lol, he's got that "i just farted" smile
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    COLGeek , January 18, 2011 12:33 AM
    While many in the forums bash Steve and his products, he has been an innovator and is an icon in the personal computing and technology world. For that, he deserves our respect and I, for one, hope he gets well soon.
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    Hellbound , January 18, 2011 1:25 AM
    I may not like Apple, its products, or Steve Jobs. But he is a person and I wish for him a speedy recovery.
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    zoemayne , January 18, 2011 12:19 AM
    man sometimes i wonder if i'm viewing a cached version of this site. its so late on news sometimes.
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    nebun , January 18, 2011 12:23 AM
    he looks old :( 
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    alhanelem , January 18, 2011 12:31 AM
    lol, he's got that "i just farted" smile
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    COLGeek , January 18, 2011 12:33 AM
    While many in the forums bash Steve and his products, he has been an innovator and is an icon in the personal computing and technology world. For that, he deserves our respect and I, for one, hope he gets well soon.
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    Minus_i7 , January 18, 2011 12:41 AM
    There goes the stock price.
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    shovenose , January 18, 2011 12:43 AM
    i agree with alhanelem...lol...

    who the hell is time cook?
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    utengineer , January 18, 2011 1:00 AM
    I guess the R&D on his iDoctor is getting ramped up for this ;) 

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
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    c0oim4n , January 18, 2011 1:01 AM
    alhanelemlol, he's got that "i just farted" smile

    +1
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    Hellbound , January 18, 2011 1:25 AM
    I may not like Apple, its products, or Steve Jobs. But he is a person and I wish for him a speedy recovery.
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    virustwin , January 18, 2011 1:43 AM
    i really pray that he's ok and comes back soon. and, no, im not a fanboy, in fact i often speak out against apple.
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    wildwell , January 18, 2011 1:45 AM
    @f14 & Kaiser_25:

    How about the computers in front of your faces, components made @ Foxconn too, am I right?
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    plznote , January 18, 2011 1:50 AM
    wildwell@f14 & Kaiser_25:How about the computers in front of your faces, components made @ Foxconn too, am I right?


    Nah, Custom Built.
    But you were not talking to me so I'll shut up! :) 
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    nforce4max , January 18, 2011 2:15 AM
    With any success there is a price and he is paying for it. It is what keeps every one in the end equal even though it sucks to have a set back like this.
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    Milleman , January 18, 2011 3:52 AM
    Personally I don't like iPhone, iPad and Mac-computers. But without Steve's commitment och will to produce spectacular products, I doubt that we would see any smartphones or tablet computers to this date. Let the Mac-lovers sponsor Steve and his projects, while I'll pick and chose which gadget and brand I personally like.

    Hope you get well Steve!
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    dogman_1234 , January 18, 2011 4:27 AM
    I wounder if Apple will fall when he leaves.

    It has fallen when he left, and when he returned, it was back on its feet.

    Get well soon.
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    douglasdarden , January 18, 2011 4:55 AM
    I like Steve Jobs... He's very passionate about the company he runs... It's contagious because the public is contagious about the product they put out...
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    adamboy64 , January 18, 2011 5:19 AM
    Don't like Apple's products but the way they've pushed technology forward has been great. I can't help but feel the other companies I buy from have better products because of his competition.

    So, hope you're doing better soon, Steve.

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    Benihana , January 18, 2011 5:29 AM
    I wish him a speedy recovery.
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    jj463rd , January 18, 2011 5:46 AM
    Sad news I hope that he recovers too and I am also a PC user as well.
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    alyoshka , January 18, 2011 6:45 AM
    What happened to my neighbor...... She's not well too. :(  and I can't see her on the headlines here ..........
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