updated 09:00 am EST, Mon January 17, 2011
State of CEO's health unknown
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a new medical leave of absence, an official e-mail shared by company spokespeople has revealed. "Team," the memo begins. "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 [COO] 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," the message concludes.
When Jobs might return is so far unknown, as is the reason for his departure. The leave is in fact extremely sudden, having not been foreshadowed by a gaunt appearance at public events as in the case of a 2009 leave which proved to be related to a liver transplant. Jobs has had recurring medical problems since 2004, when he was treated for pancreatic cancer.