Steve Jobs is Sick Again, Takes Another Leave

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • zoemayne
    man sometimes i wonder if i'm viewing a cached version of this site. its so late on news sometimes.
  • nebun
    he looks old :(
  • alhanelem
    lol, he's got that "i just farted" smile
  • COLGeek
    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.
  • Minus_i7
    There goes the stock price.
  • shovenose
    i agree with

    who the hell is time cook?
  • utengineer
    I guess the R&D on his iDoctor is getting ramped up for this ;)

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
  • c0oim4n
    alhanelemlol, he's got that "i just farted" smile+1
  • Hellbound
    I may not like Apple, its products, or Steve Jobs. But he is a person and I wish for him a speedy recovery.
  • virustwin
    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.