Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, 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. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

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.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

Apple originally broke the news in December that it would no longer attend MacWorld and that Steve Jobs would not appear. Rumours of Jobs' health spiralled out of control and affected the companies stock price. Jobs later admitted to poor health the day before this years MacWorld. Unfortunately this years MacWorld wasn't as impressive as many had hoped and rumours regarding Jobs' health were still making the rounds. Jobs has now addressed these rumours in the email above.

According to Reuters Apple shares were temporarily halted. After hours trading AAPL stock is currently down 7.85% at the time of writing. Twitter is currently buzzing with 1000s of tweets regarding the news.

Thanks to Ron21 in our forums for sending this in.

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Deciever said,
you are an idiot if you base your financial investments on a single person...

Just the same if you buy your products because one person says how good it is.

Why would anyone be surprised by this? Everyone new he gave a less than a half ass explanation in his last note. I'm not going to feel sorry for them when they get their ass sued into oblivion.

Come April 1st I can already see all the "Steve jobs dead" threads.

It's okay, he'll keep parroting whatever the spin machine puts out there as per usual. But I'm going to take the opportunity to say "I told you so" for the past year.

I have been in the room when Steve Jobs (who I respect VERY much) has lied about something we all knew he was lying about...because he had to. He's not actually a very good liar.

I do indeed hope he gets better.

That's alright. It's comforting to know, though, that all the talent is at Apple. It's not Apple or their success that I'm worried about - that's a train that can't be stopped.

Rather, I feel sad for a man who has achieved so much, and with such a fierce vision for the industry, who is now (not at a very old age) quite ill.

We still aren't sure whether it's actually cancer or whether it's a malabsorption issue brought on by the treatment (whipple procedure) he received in 2004.

It originally stood for Internet, with it's first use in the original iMac, or Internet Mac. In a way, the whole i = Internet thing still works for Apple's products when you think about it.

PureLegend said,
It originally stood for Internet, with it's first use in the original iMac, or Internet Mac. In a way, the whole i = Internet thing still works for Apple's products when you think about it.


I dunno, when the ipod came out it had nothing to do with internet and they named it ipod. Were they smart enough to know in 2008 they will release and ipod with internet lol? Or iWork same, guess your tryin to say it started out with internet mac and than it just became something to easy identify it as an apple product so they used it with everything. iGot it lol

shakey_snake said,
There's no magic show without the magician.

Except that it isn't really magic. Just a commitment to certain standards and the kind of environment that attracts the best in the business.

shakey_snake said,
a.k.a. A magic show.

No, LOL, it's good business. Having the right attitude and caring about your products. But in light of all the crap out there, you're probably right, it certainly does seem like magic in that case!

LTD said,
No, LOL, it's good business. Having the right attitude and caring about your products. But in light of all the crap out there, you're probably right, it certainly does seem like magic in that case!


Good business? That's why Apple is the business platform of choice!

It's not a magic show, it's a business. Like any business it exists solely to make money. Without a "magician" it's just... well, a business.

Jobs wont be back. Its getting serious. I knew he sugercoated it in the previous letter so iam not suprised of that news. Get well steve, but i doubt he will still live for a while. And i hope steve is smart enough to not go online and read those comments lol.

Apple can do better without Steve, thats what i belive, its not like he is doing everything at Apple, and those guys at apple are not like idiots, and being around steve jobs for so long, they know exactly how he thinks, whats good for apple, whats bad, what iam trying to say they must have learned a lot from Steve. So Apple will be fine. People who pee themselves at the thought of Apple without steve are babies who live in grandmas basement lol

birdie-87 said,
Apple can do better without Steve, thats what i belive, its not like he is doing everything at Apple, and those guys at apple are not like idiots, and being around steve jobs for so long, they know exactly how he thinks, whats good for apple, whats bad, what iam trying to say they must have learned a lot from Steve. So Apple will be fine. People who pee themselves at the thought of Apple without steve are babies who live in grandmas basement lol

+1 Agreed.

It must be incredibly frustrating for the rest of Apple to see their stock price plunge and to hear so many people say that Apple will decline, fail, or disappear with the departure of one person. I'm sure Stevie himself wouldn't want his loyal followers to give up on Apple just because he is leaving.

Look at Microsoft. They are still loyal to Bill's vision, they still accept his input. And they are doing just fine. Some would argue they are doing better now than in recent years with all the anticipation over Windows 7.

Apple's loyal follower need to grow up, move out of mom's basement, and get a clue. Do you really think Steve would set up Apple to collapse and die without his leadership? Or do you think he set people in place to resume his strategic vision after his departure? Hhmmmm... that's a toughie.

I don't even know why the hell he is doing this. I mean this "I am playing I am not sick". He is sick. And if it is not his pancreas again, it could be something else. He needs to get some rest and work together with his doctors or serious things could happen.

Why the hell can't he say this :

People. I'm sick ! Ok ! Sick !
Leaving !
Giving full control to....
But I'll be back, when I am healthy.
Don't worry ! Everything will be fine.

When the market hears this Apples Stock might be down big. Every time bad new comes out about Steve Jobs Apple stock gets hit very hard.

Scutley said,
When the market hears this Apples Stock might be down big. Every time bad new comes out about Steve Jobs Apple stock gets hit very hard.

It already has, and it is.

Oh man, I hope this doesn't get even more serious or anything - this might be part of the grand iTest of what would happen to Apple if he wasn't around, which might lead to him quitting entirely in June. He could very well make the WWDC keynote his last, launching a slew of new products and "one more thing", I'm leaving. That would be a bad.

Mista T said,
I hope this knocks the swagger out of Apple.........wooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooo

Unlikely. Swagger is a key feature.

This is a real shame. I hope his health can be sorted out and I hope he can get back on track. Whilst I think the company could continue without him very well, he's clearly very (VERY) important for Apple.

Best wishes Steve. Plenty of Apple fans rooting for you to get better soon.

I'm sure he will be ok, nice to see he is human after all Now we get to see how Apple crashes and burns while he isn't in charge for a few months

Xero said,
I'm sure he will be ok, nice to see he is human after all Now we get to see how Apple crashes and burns while he isn't in charge for a few months :rolleyes:

He's still in charge, just not of day to day operations.

I honestly can't believe that a whole company is so focused on a single guy. As SignalPirate said - the reliance, in particular on stocks on a single man is just insane! Hope he gets well etc. (as I would any human who is ill) but it shows that Apple really needs to shake up a bit cause he ain't going to last forever....

Cook is capable at the helm. We know Schiller is can do a keynote. The former NeXT crew at Apple are all visionary in their own right.

The most important thing, however, is that one strong personality emerges from the pack and keeps Apple on course with a firm hand. Jobs is an excellent example of this.

By all accounts he'll be back in June. But only time will tell.

lmao omg... really?! while I agree he should get well... to dedicate a complete website just for that is completely wasting internet space lmao.

This is a quote from the site mentioned above:

OMZ likz doz dis m3an wii no getz da 21" MBP w/dual H-de-dee N da BLUERAYZ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

RebelSean said,
I hope this isn't something death threatening. Hope he makes a full recovery soon.

He has pancreatic cancer. No such thing as a full recovery.

From Wikipedia. Journal citations are available.

Depending on the extent of the tumor at the time of diagnosis, the prognosis is generally regarded as poor, with less than 5 percent of those diagnosed still alive five years after diagnosis, and complete remission still extremely rare.[1] About 95 percent[citation needed] of pancreatic tumors are adenocarcinomas (M8140/3). The remaining 5 percent include other tumors of the exocrine pancreas (e.g., serous cystadenomas), acinar cell cancers, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (such as insulinomas, M8150/1, M8150/3). These tumors have a completely different diagnostic and therapeutic profile, and generally a more favorable prognosis.[1]

"Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer typically have a poor prognosis partly because the cancer usually causes no symptoms early on, leading to locally advanced or metastatic disease at time of diagnosis. Median survival from diagnosis is around 3 to 6 months; 5-year survival is less than 5%.[19] With 37,170 cases diagnosed in the United States in 2007, and 33,700 deaths, pancreatic cancer has one of the highest fatality rates of all cancers and is the fourth highest cancer killer in the United States among both men and women. Although it accounts for only 2.5% of new cases, pancreatic cancer is responsible for 6% of cancer deaths each year.[20]
Pancreatic cancer may occasionally result in diabetes. Insulin production is hampered and it has been suggested that the cancer can also prompt the onset of diabetes and vice versa.[21] Thus diabetes is both a risk factor for the development of pancreatic cancer and diabetes can be an early sign of the disease in the elderly."

Let's hope it's nothing too closely related to that.

jase savior said,
lol.... that's not funny.

Wow, hope he gets better. When I die I want my iCoffin.

"Believe in me, send no money, I died on the cross, that aint funny..." - Bruce Dickenson

maybe a product line up in the future??? iwheelchair perhaps??

j/k
thats sad how the health of one person can impact a company so much. Not to mention make the stocks volatile.
but for the sake of Apple, lets hope this isn't a long term thing and he gets better

I new something was up from his previous letter....I wish him well and a speedy recovery, his a brilliant person and we all need him regardless of your OS of choice

bdsams said,
I new something was up from his previous letter....I wish him well and a speedy recovery, his a brilliant person and we all need him regardless of your OS of choice

what? o.o I don't need him....

while I agree he is a marketing genius, Apple doesn't need him to survive, except all those apple fanboys who are going cry when he leaves as CEO.

oh... and get well soon Steve.