Apple's Steve Jobs takes leave of absence

A number of sites are reporting that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence till June at least.   Speculation over Jobs' possibly failing health has run rampant in the past few weeks.  Prior to the recent MacWorld show, Jobs said he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight.

In a memo today Jobs told workers his health issues are more complex than he thought.

Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs' responsibilities.

The following note was sent to Apple employees and posted on the Apple Web site today:

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.

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