Only days after revealing that he is dealing with a hormone imbalance affecting his health, Steve Jobs announced in an email to Apple employees, now posted on the Apple site, that he is taking a medical leave.
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.
Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over Apple’s day to day operations. Jobs has indicated that he will remain involved in major strategic decisions during his absence. Cook already fulfilled a similar role back in 2004 while Jobs dealt with pancreatic cancer.
Gadgetorama wishes Steve Jobs a speedy recovery.