After all the rumors back and forth over recent weeks, this afternoon there is some sad and bad news for Apple and its CEO, Steve Jobs. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jobs sent an email this afternoon to Apple employees, announcing that his health issues are more complex than he originally thought, and that he will be taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June.
He says this will allow him to focus on his health, and that it will “allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products”.
Here’s hoping that this allows Jobs to regain strength and recover fully. Hopefully it will allow both he and Apple at least some respite from questions on this subject (though probably not for long). Hit the jump to see the full text of his email …
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.
Ourboard of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.