First there were plenty of rumors in reference to the personal health of Steve Jobs, enough in fact to flush him out to where he made a statement about it. It seems commenting on his health has only made situations worse for Jobs. Now Steve has come fourth again with a notice stating that we will be taking a leave of absence.
In the letter Jobs mentions that the curiosity around his health issues have only served as more of a distraction for not only him and his family, but Apple as a company as well. For the time being Jobs will leave the day-to-day work to Tim Cook. If all goes well jobs plans to return to duty in June. See below for full letter.
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.