Steve Jobs to take medical leave

In a memo released today, and spotted by TechCrunch, Steve Jobs has announced to his employees that he will be taking a leave of absence due to medical reasons. In his absence, Tim Cook will take the reigns at Apple once more, having previously lead the company in 2009 during Steve's battle with liver problems.

During his absence, Steve Jobs will continue his position as CEO, and plans to remain involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

It is unclear at this time what health problems he faces, but in the past he has battled pancreatic cancer, and liver failure, and returned to continue driving Apple's growth in the industry.

The memo sent to all Apple employees reads:

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

We at Neowin wish Steve all the best for a speedy recovery.

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It may be that Steve Jobs Is using his health as an excuse to go Into hiding.
Does Steve have a Swiss bank account?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/medi...leblower-rudolf-elmer-banks
The offshore bank account details of 2,000 "high net worth individuals" and corporations - detailing massive potential tax evasion - will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history,

i wonder how long it will be before the details of his medical leave leak to the internet? im assuming if his cancer has returned he would have to tell the board members right away.

TechieXP said,
In Steve's own words "I'm not sick"..."there is no problem"...'You're reading it wrong"..."Jesus can't die"

Well, it's the same way Apple fanboys believe that their OS is invincible...

UndergroundWire said,
but we as investors have a right to know what is wrong with him.

No. You invest in Apple the company, you don't have some kind of claim over him as a human being. He's entitled to privacy in his personal life. What other "rights" do you claim over him (and I suppose the rest of the board)? If he chooses not to tell you, that's his right.

gb8080 said,

No. You invest in Apple the company, you don't have some kind of claim over him as a human being. He's entitled to privacy in his personal life. What other "rights" do you claim over him (and I suppose the rest of the board)? If he chooses not to tell you, that's his right.

Um no, I believe its illegal to hide the health of your board members from your investors. The board is the part that controls the company, when you invest in a company you're essentially investing in that bit only.

It's a good thing I sold my stock on Thursday per my brother's advice . I bought it again in the after market. I love how strategic Jobs is. Bring out this shocking news, let the stock suffer a day and then release your great earnings and the stock recovers it back in a week.

Wait until the inevitable happens.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Jan 19 2011, 1:34am :

Steve Job's taking a medical leave of absence is ironic. An apple a day doesn't keep doctors away after all, I guess!

Not a big fan of Apple and Jobs, but I do wish him and his family the best. Cancer (if that is what he's got) is a very terrible disease and I hope he can recover.

It's crazy the amount of stupid comments written here. We are talking about the health of a human being. EVEN if you don't like Apple or their over priced product, this kind of news is not a chance to laugh at the guy.

So many kids around here, stupid stupid kids with no knowledge of respect.

I wish Steve the best of luck and hope he returns soon, with all his health.

TruckWEB said,
It's crazy the amount of stupid comments written here. We are talking about the health of a human being. EVEN if you don't like Apple or their over priced product, this kind of news is not a chance to laugh at the guy.

So many kids around here, stupid stupid kids with no knowledge of respect.

I wish Steve the best of luck and hope he returns soon, with all his health.


Amen. Well said.

GS:mac

It has nothing to do with Steve the businessman - Steve the man is a man of contradiction. He's a DEVOUT Buddhist and therefore understands acquisition or the desire to acquire things is the root of all suffering - yet he creates a new generation iPod, iPhone or iPad every twelve to eighteen months for his "groupies" to acquire. If he's not a contradiction bomb ...I don't know what is.

Also, the "treating it wrong" is kind of appropriate since he often dismisses anything/everything that points at Apple being at fault and only when his back is at the wall does he admit wrong. Atennagate went from "It doesn't exist" to "don't hold it that way" to "Everyone else has this problem, why shouldn't we?" to "Sorry, here's a free plastic thing".

smooth3006 said,

jesus man, grow up!


Come on, humor diffuses a tense situation sometimes. We can't just focus on the bad!

McG said,

Come on, humor diffuses a tense situation sometimes. We can't just focus on the bad!

Yeah, Gallow's humour

It always amazes me the amount of people that still joke about serious issues when hiding behind their computer monitor. He's holding it wrong! He's treating it the wrong way blah blah.

This guy has been through some things you would hope that yourself, your family, your friends or your kids would NEVER go through but yet when it's not on your doorstep you still crack jokes?

My father in law is currently dying from Cancer and I can tell you that it's an awful thing to go through for both the victim and the families so instead of spending your time cracking jokes, take some time out and think about that.

Maybe it's just me but i'm not seeing this as an opportunity to kid around...

Quapps said,
It always amazes me the amount of people that still joke about serious issues when hiding behind their computer monitor. He's holding it wrong! He's treating it the wrong way blah blah.

This guy has been through some things you would hope that yourself, your family, your friends or your kids would NEVER go through but yet when it's not on your doorstep you still crack jokes?

My father in law is currently dying from Cancer and I can tell you that it's an awful thing to go through for both the victim and the families so instead of spending your time cracking jokes, take some time out and think about that.

Maybe it's just me but i'm not seeing this as an opportunity to kid around...

I totally agree, my grandfather died from cancer and it's a serious illness. People should think before they write things.

Well sure I wish him the best and hope he gets better soon...but personally it would have no effect on me if he died. Plus I think he's an ass for jumping the organ donor list just because he had the money and a private jet to fly him places. What about the thousands of other people who've had liver cancer?

/- Razorfold said,
Well sure I wish him the best and hope he gets better soon...but personally it would have no effect on me if he died. Plus I think he's an ass for jumping the organ donor list just because he had the money and a private jet to fly him places. What about the thousands of other people who've had liver cancer?

This would be more down to the hospital/surgeons whatever that contacted him and said "Hey, come on in we have a transplant ready to go" for money. Not the fact that he has more money than "normal" people.

Why shouldn't he take an opportunity to save his life if offered?

Quapps said,

This would be more down to the hospital/surgeons whatever that contacted him and said "Hey, come on in we have a transplant ready to go" for money. Not the fact that he has more money than "normal" people.

Why shouldn't he take an opportunity to save his life if offered?


So you're saying he managed to skip the transplant list entirely because of money...but it wasn't because of money? That makes no sense.

/- Razorfold said,

So you're saying he managed to skip the transplant list entirely because of money...but it wasn't because of money? That makes no sense.

Read what I posted again... If it still makes no sense, close the browser and don't connect to the internet again.

Quapps said,

Read what I posted again... If it still makes no sense, close the browser and don't connect to the internet again.


No you need to read what you said again.

You said that the doctors contacted him and said "we have a liver" for money. So what you think there was nobody else in that state or city that needed a liver? Why can't anyone who needs a liver transplant just fly around the country to different hospitals and just be given a liver? Oh wait they can't, they instead have to wait for months / years on the transplant list because one isn't available.

Obviously money played a major part in him getting a liver within days. If you don't understand that then maybe you need stop sipping koolaid, close your browser and never connect to the internet again.

Quapps said,

Read what I posted again... If it still makes no sense, close the browser and don't connect to the internet again.


Hero of the day post right here. +1

McG said,

Hero of the day post right here. +1

no. quapps clearly did not type his thoughts correctly, "This would be more down to the hospital/surgeons whatever that contacted him and said 'Hey, come on in we have a transplant ready to go' for money."

What were those last two words again? oh yea, "for money."

I might think that Steve Jobs is arrogant and may not be interested in the products Apple create, however, I hope he gets well soon.

neo158 said,
I might think that Steve Jobs is arrogant and may not be interested in the products Apple create, however, I hope he gets well soon.

Are you serious? You don't think he cares about the products his company makes? Yet the night before the iPod came out, he had the batch recalled and changed so the headphone socket made a little click .... Man, you have no idea do you! lol. Steve Jobs and Jony Ive made Apple a success BECAUSE the care about the products.

Spirit Dave said,

Are you serious? You don't think he cares about the products his company makes?

I'm pretty sure he meant that he (neo158) doesn't care about Apple's products.

TRC said,
I'm pretty sure he meant that he (neo158) doesn't care about Apple's products.

That's correct, they just don't appeal to me.

Sorry Spirit Dave, my comment lacked clarification that it's ME that doesn't care for their products, still, I really hope Steve gets well soon.

Liver transplant outlooks are never really that good. He will be suffering medical issues for the rest of his life. Kinda sucks but at least he is living. I hope he gets better as well.

hopefully he will get better soon so he can launch the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 this year then next year iPad 3 and 4 and iPhone 6, 7 and 8. Who cares, Jobs makes gadgets for people who like to feel trendy. iPhones today are a dime-a-dozen and mostly sold in places like Oregon, Washington and San Francisco (or wherever else hipsters and liberals are found en-masse). The rest of the world will keep ticking, my Apple stock will continue to make me money while I use my BlackBerry Torch and my Droid.

Choto Cheeta said,
where is he heading ?? last time (in 60's i think) i guess he went to INDIA...

...He was between 5 and 15 in the sixties...

Joker. said,
Sanford & Son: "ahhh this is it Lamont! .. The Big One!"

sorry but i had to LOL. maybe steve will have himself frozen until they can come up with a cure, he's got the $$ to do it!

smooth3006 said,
what the hell does him being sick have to do with apple products? jeez some of you are ignorant.

huh ?
AFAIK he takes lots of the key decisions and does lot of "quality control" on all Apple major products and decisions.Sure him being sick will affect Apple.
He's not like Bill Gates, who like totally ignored Microsoft for a decade now.

kInG aLeXo said,

huh ?
AFAIK he takes lots of the key decisions and does lot of "quality control" on all Apple major products and decisions.Sure him being sick will affect Apple.
He's not like Bill Gates, who like totally ignored Microsoft for a decade now.

That's because Bill Gates isn't the CEO of Microsoft anymore, and hasn't been for a long time.

He's only a non-executive chairman.

I have a feeling that his cancer has returned. It usually is the case when someone "beats" cancer. In almost all cases it returns because by taking out an affected organ and replacing it you are not in any way "curing" the person of the disease. You merely slow down the process and give the person more years to live until the cancer cells multiply again and it once again becomes a problem. His doctors probably warned him of the high chance of recurrence so it probably isn't that much of a shock to him.

ManOfMystery said,
I have a feeling that his cancer has returned. It usually is the case when someone "beats" cancer. In almost all cases it returns because by taking out an affected organ and replacing it you are not in any way "curing" the person of the disease. You merely slow down the process and give the person more years to live until the cancer cells multiply again and it once again becomes a problem. His doctors probably warned him of the high chance of recurrence so it probably isn't that much of a shock to him.

well said, i agree but i still wish him the best. the bad thing about his type of cancer is that it kills quickly and spreads easily.

ManOfMystery said,
I have a feeling that his cancer has returned. It usually is the case when someone "beats" cancer. In almost all cases it returns because by taking out an affected organ and replacing it you are not in any way "curing" the person of the disease. You merely slow down the process and give the person more years to live until the cancer cells multiply again and it once again becomes a problem. His doctors probably warned him of the high chance of recurrence so it probably isn't that much of a shock to him.

I agree, especially since it's about pancreatic cancer. I assume the liver transplant was related to that in the past, and if it had spread to the liver, it has more than likely spread elsewhere too, and he was just buying himself a few years. I wish I could be more optimistic about this, but we're talking about a pancreatic cancer victim who have had to transplant an organ. It would be exceedingly rare and fortunate if that was it, and the malignancy hadn't spread elsewhere too. This form of cancer is so problematic that it would have been hard to treat even if it had never spread to the liver.

I think that he has continued to look weak compared to pre-op is only a sign that it was never fully gone.

Northgrove said,

I agree, especially since it's about pancreatic cancer. I assume the liver transplant was related to that in the past, and if it had spread to the liver, it has more than likely spread elsewhere too, and he was just buying himself a few years. I wish I could be more optimistic about this, but we're talking about a pancreatic cancer victim who have had to transplant an organ. It would be exceedingly rare and fortunate if that was it, and the malignancy hadn't spread elsewhere too. This form of cancer is so problematic that it would have been hard to treat even if it had never spread to the liver.

I think that he has continued to look weak compared to pre-op is only a sign that it was never fully gone.

I agree 100%, you made some excellent points. Unfortunately I have had a loved one be claimed by pancreatic cancer and it happened very quickly and quite painful As you pointed out, chances are that if his liver was affected, the cancer is metastatic in which case he has to bring on one hell of a fight I do not wish this onto anybody, even my worst enemies (if I had some). It's an awful disease that nobody deserves to go through.

despite not caring for the overpriced, overhyped, underpowered stuff his company delivers, I do hope he can get his health in shape. no one deserves that whole cancer stuff.. or the crap that it causes even whn gone.

i don't really like steve at all but i do feel bad for him. this sounds serious guys. i have a feeling he won't make it this time round. $$ cannot buy you a 2nd chance at life. cancer is a tough thing to beat, look what happened to patrick swayze.

smooth3006 said,
i don't really like steve at all but i do feel bad for him. this sounds serious guys. i have a feeling he won't make it this time round. $$ cannot buy you a 2nd chance at life. cancer is a tough thing to beat, look what happened to patrick swayze.

Agree, pancreatic cancer are the worst of all type cancers. The survival rate is around 5%. Which mean we don't know yet if he really will make it.

Quattrone said,

Agree, pancreatic cancer are the worst of all type cancers. The survival rate is around 5%. Which mean we don't know yet if he really will make it.

I also think the pressures of being the face of such a huge corporation where it's at now is not good for his condition. I think he came back this last time because he thought he had it under enough control that he'd be able to stretch it out until a reasonable time to step down. He has finally had to give in and step down. He has to make it sound temporary for the sake of the company and the impact it would have on him and Apple. If he were to step down now permanently, the impact on the company would devistate him and put more stress than if he were to stay. I think he's in it until he eventually does lose his battle. Unfortunately for him, I think that's life for him. I've never liked him (I'll leave it at that) but have to have respect for a person to be able to have that kind of impact on pretty much most of the world. I hope for the best, for him and his family, and that he can recover or at least live comfortably for the remainder of his time here.

ahhell said,
He needs time off to steal another kid's organ transplant.

kidding....or am I.

another transplant will not save him. pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to beat.

smooth3006 said,

another transplant will not save him. pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to beat.


Let's note that it was a liver transplant.

I've been saying it since his LAST medical LoA.... This guy's days are numbered... Moreso than most guys his age. I feel bad for him, but at the same time, he needs to stop being so deceptive about his health to the people who buy his products BECAUSE of him. As much as he may try to deny it, Steve Jobs IS Apple.... Apple IS Steve Jobs. His legacy may continue on without him, but will the vision be the same? I doubt it. Same thing with Bill Gates' company... Everyone says it's changed a LOT (some for the better, a lot for the worse) since Gates' departure from Microsoft development.

It won't be the same thing. It'll be far worse. Gates probably wasn't the greatest coder at MS, whereas Jobs is definitely the greatest visionary and salesman at Apple.

I'm not so sure his days are numbered, though. But I do wish the disclosures would be somewhat more candid.

wctaiwan said,
It won't be the same thing. It'll be far worse. Gates probably wasn't the greatest coder at MS, whereas Jobs is definitely the greatest visionary and salesman at Apple.

I'm not so sure his days are numbered, though. But I do wish the disclosures would be somewhat more candid.

im thinking if wp7 & windows 8 fails gates will return. i never liked ballmer either.

smooth3006 said,

im thinking if wp7 & windows 8 fails gates will return. i never liked ballmer either.


At his age?
I don't think he'll do the same Jobs did many years ago at his age, seriously...

Furthermore, I have to agree.
Steve Jobs is indeed the soul of Apple and without him MANY would lose "faith" in Apple.
Well, I wouldn't, but there'd be definately something missing, for me at least and I guess for many others.

GS:mac

smooth3006 said,

im thinking if wp7 & windows 8 fails gates will return. i never liked ballmer either.

Ever since Gates left Microsoft has got a whole lot better...

Jan said,

Ever since Gates left Microsoft has got a whole lot better...

I actually strongly disagree with you, I find that MS was doing a lot better before he left

smooth3006 said,

how so?

Well it's not like Microsoft was that well during the antitrust trials… And in retrospective Gates didn't face that much competition as Ballmer does… (Apple is stronger than ever during Gates's time, Google as extremly strong competitor,…) Ballmer sure made mistakes - who doesn't - and a lot of the criticism on Microsoft is better directed to the corporate culture instead than on Ballmer…

Jan said,

Windows 7, Kinect, WP7, IE9, Office 2010 and VS 2012.


Gates left before they came out, but do you think conceptions and creations are done in a few weeks?

GS:mac

Ahhhh, get well soon Senor Jobs!

The iPad and WWDC conference will not be the same. Who's going to say 'Good morning and thank you for coming' :'(

SH3K0 said,
Ahhhh, get well soon Senor Jobs!

The iPad and WWDC conference will not be the same. Who's going to say 'Good morning and thank you for coming' :'(

But there is... one more thing.

Get well soon!
I know many people don't like Steve Jobs, well I do. I also like Apple, but more about that in my comment above...
Either way, like him or not, everyone deserves proper health and shouldn't suffer.

I wish you all the best!

I also hope that most usual trolls have the healthy mind to not go on about this.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Get well soon!
I know many people don't like Steve Jobs, well I do. I also like Apple, but more about that in my comment above...
Either way, like him or not, everyone deserves proper health and shouldn't suffer.

I wish you all the best!

I also hope that most usual trolls have the healthy mind to not go on about this.

GS:mac

+1

In before a "Holding it wrong" joke. T_T
I hope he gets better soon, the tech industry just wouldn't feel the same for me without him.

Get better soon Steve

Anybody else find it ironic that the memo specifically asks that the workers respect his privacy?

I'm not an Apple guy, haven't been from the start, but I like Jobs. His insistence that all things computer be easier to do is something that was never taken seriously by Microsoft. He forced their hand with an undeniable display of consumer satisfaction. Showed us all many better ways of doing a lot of things. Not everything, but a lot. Touche.
JF

Hopefully he can sort his health out for good this time. As you say, Spirit Dave, I've no real love for Apple stuff these days but he's right up there with the elite of the pioneers of the computing industry, not to mention someone who sure knows how to run a successful business.

Get well soon Steve.

Chicane-UK said,
Hopefully he can sort his health out for good this time. As you say, Spirit Dave, I've no real love for Apple stuff these days but he's right up there with the elite of the pioneers of the computing industry, not to mention someone who sure knows how to run a successful business.

Get well soon Steve.


To the contrary, I'm afraid that he won't get back once again. The health issues he's been having in the past unfortunately have very poor outlooks. I hope to be wrong, but something tells me that this time it's time for Apple to start thinking of some restructuring in their organization.

If I were to wish for a successor, I'd be more than happy if Jonathan Ive could step up. He definitely shares a carismatic personality with Steve Jobs.

You ain't got no idea. Microsoft didn't save Apple just for the heck of saving them. They invested money, so they would have a - irrelevant - competitor, so they wouldn't face a even more serious situation in the antitrust-trials. Furthermore they settled the year-long patent issue, once and for all. And even got themself a market for Office and were able to spread IE.

In conclusion, Microsoft didn't save Apple but used their situation to improve their owns… Not even a Microsoft-fanboy can say that Microsoft saved Apple!

Wishing Steve the best. He gets a lot of hate, but is a visionary who turned a failing company into one of the most successful companies on the planet. I am not a Steve Jobs fan boy, but I respect him a lot.

Spirit Dave said,
Wishing Steve the best. He gets a lot of hate, but is a visionary who turned a failing company into one of the most successful companies on the planet. I am not a Steve Jobs fan boy, but I respect him a lot.

+1. Not one of his sheep, but definitely someone whom I deeply respect.

Spirit Dave said,
Wishing Steve the best. He gets a lot of hate, but is a visionary who turned a failing company into one of the most successful companies on the planet. I am not a Steve Jobs fan boy, but I respect him a lot.

Well said dude.

Spirit Dave said,
Wishing Steve the best. He gets a lot of hate, but is a visionary who turned a failing company into one of the most successful companies on the planet. I am not a Steve Jobs fan boy, but I respect him a lot.

Learn your history. Microsoft saved Apple back in 1997 by injecting a huge amount of money into the company.

How Microsoft saved Apple:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY />

nifke said,

Learn your history. Microsoft saved Apple back in 1997 by injecting a huge amount of money into the company.

How Microsoft saved Apple:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY<br />

And Steve had to know how to use that money. Without Steve there would not have been any money from MS, and without Steve that money would have been ****ed away like the rest of it before he came back.

designgears said,

And Steve had to know how to use that money. Without Steve there would not have been any money from MS, and without Steve that money would have been ****ed away like the rest of it before he came back.


+1

nifke said,

Learn your history. Microsoft saved Apple back in 1997 by injecting a huge amount of money into the company.

Now you also need to remember that Apple was already a billion dollar company. Yep $150M helped but saved them? Get your hand off it. Apple saved Apple. Next time you post your well recycled statement, remember to add mine aswell. As history is history.

nifke said,

Learn your history. Microsoft saved Apple back in 1997 by injecting a huge amount of money into the company.

How Microsoft saved Apple:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY<br />

My knowledge of this part of history is very deep. But being given a large sum of money is not what happened. Microsoft invested money, they didn't just hand it over for nothing. Being invested into means taking huge risks while doing so and, Apple, under the wrong hands, with Microsoft money or not, would be bankrupt by now. Steve Jobs is still there for a good reason. You really did just make yourself look silly

Oh no, the end of the world is nigh.
How long will it take this time before we lose confidence in Apple now that Jobs is once again out of the spotlight?

I dunno... a couple of days? The media is very fickle.

I'll bet money on seeing a serious headline somewhere along the lines of "APPLE IS DOOMED. DOOOOOOMED!" by this time tomorrow.

dotf said,
Oh no, the end of the world is nigh.
How long will it take this time before we lose confidence in Apple now that Jobs is once again out of the spotlight?

its not the end of the world.... apple will still run no matter what happens to him.

still1 said,

its not the end of the world.... apple will still run no matter what happens to him.

But stock price will go down just because he is not there.

dotf said,
Oh no, the end of the world is nigh.
How long will it take this time before we lose confidence in Apple now that Jobs is once again out of the spotlight?

This will depend a lot on how Apple handle it.