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Steve Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

Steve Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

Steve Jobs has taken an extended leave of absence in order to recover from complex health problems.

Apple has released a statement which reveals that company CEO Steve Jobs will be taking an extended leave of absence from the company for health reasons.

Jobs has frequently been the subject of health-related rumours ever since he underwent surgery to remove a pancreatic tumour in 2004. While Jobs' tumour was a less aggressive type than in many forms of pancreatic cancer, the Apple CEO has continued to be hounded by gossip.

Earlier this month rumours flared up again when Jobs said that he had lost massive amounts of weight due to a hormone imbalance, but refused to comment any further than that. The increasingly private Jobs admitted that he did not even want to reveal that much information in fact, which is understandable.

Jobs' statement that was released today however says that the health problems are "more complex than originally thought" and it that it is now important for him to take some extended sick leave. He will not be returning to the job until the end of June.

Until that time the Apple co-founder has left the company in the hands of Apple COO Tim Cook, who will handle the day-to-day runnings of the company until such time as Jobs can return.

The statement refuses to go into any more detail about Jobs' health problems, nor what should happen if more time off is required. Analysts currently estimate that Jobs' departure could lower Apple's total worth by at least 20 percent, so the company is obviously keen to keep a lid on rumours.

The only thing that it remains to say then is; Get well soon, Steve. Pass on your own thoughts and comments in the forums.

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liratheal 15th January 2009, 10:30 Quote
The only good thing I have to say about Jobs is that he can market **** (Not in the hardware sense, mind you) to people incredibly well. Beyond that, eh. I have nothing but indifference for this whole thing.

They fired him once and ran fine without him then - Why is it such a big deal that he's taking a few months off now?

It's not like we didn't know he was ill :/
Denis_iii 15th January 2009, 10:33 Quote
watch apple stock plummet
Burnout21 15th January 2009, 10:36 Quote
definatly time to short sell on apple stock! lol!
Arkanrais 15th January 2009, 10:43 Quote
time to jump to conclusions!
if his pancreas has suddenly died on him, then he's going to need insulin and if he's not getting any, then his muscles will wither away, causing a quick weight loss (commonly seen in people just after getting type 1 diabetes)
HE HAS THE DIABEETUS!
Burnout21 15th January 2009, 10:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
time to jump to conclusions!
if his pancreas has suddenly died on him, then he's going to need insulin and if he's not getting any, then his muscles will wither away, causing a quick weight loss (commonly seen in people just after getting type 1 diabetes)
HE HAS THE DIABEETUS!

I think you should respect the guy a bit more than that, and not act like a dick.
shigllgetcha 15th January 2009, 11:03 Quote
^^ agree. the man's not well, i dont even agree with posting news on him being sick
Burnout21 15th January 2009, 11:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by shigllgetcha
^^ agree. the man's not well, i dont even agree with posting news on him being sick

here that someone is ill is one thing, if anything it can spawn sympathy towards poor steve.

Cancer isn't a nice thing, and when you think you have got it beat, there's nothing worse than being told or realising your ill again.
Tim S 15th January 2009, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Burnout21
Cancer isn't a nice thing, and when you think you have got it beat, there's nothing worse than being told or realising your ill again.

I can tell you first hand that cancer is the one illness that haunts me and that I'd never wish anyone - friend or foe - to have to go through. I witnessed it first hand for the last two years with my late wife - it's quite simply the most evil and unforgiving disease I ever hope to have to see in action. We called it the b*stard, because that's probably the best way to describe it without getting too graphic or offensive.

I hope Steve comes through whatever it is that's wrong with him this time. It could be that he's no longer in remission or it could be something else entirely - we don't know and I'm certainly not going to sit here and speculate.
perplekks45 15th January 2009, 11:16 Quote
It might be diabetes or a thyroid problem or something completely else.
Having lost my father to cancer and seeing my just on rehab after the 3rd brain tumor in less than 5 years taken out I think everybody who has to go through that **** deserves a boat load of sympathy. If you then get something else afterwards like good ol' Steve did he/she deserves some silent time without pressure from anyone to fully recover.

Let that man get better! Apple can live without him but he's Apple's face, been that for quite some time as well so it'll hit them pretty hard if he leaves. Let's see what happens next. As long as we don't know anything let's just leave it be.
Burnout21 15th January 2009, 12:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
watch apple stock plummet
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burnout21
definatly time to short sell on apple stock! lol!

stock dropped 7%, so yeah some hedge fund just made a crazy amount of cash!
D3s3rt_F0x 15th January 2009, 12:19 Quote
I dont like Apple but this news story has nothing to do with Apple its to do with a man and his health, which he has a right to keep private. tbh should leave this story to the tabloids thats all this stories good for.

For those who wish him ill health or try and slag him off personally your idiots you should go end your life now for the benefit of human kind.

By the way short selling hardly affects stocks, its just what people like to believe. Fact of the matter is it didnt affect the banks at all and they still kept on crashing after it was banned from the FTSE like when HBOS went down everyone said it was short selling but a year earlier it was running at 5% of transactions and when it did go down it was running at 7%.
V3ctor 15th January 2009, 12:20 Quote
Hope he recovers... It's never good to wish harm to people... I don't like macs, but this guy is a genius... he can sell iDirt for 500€ a box if we wanted... I'll guess mac fans are going to become normal people now and stop being zombies...
Yemerich 15th January 2009, 12:51 Quote
I never liked him much. But we must agree the guy is a genius. And as such it really makes me sad to read such news. I really hope he get well and have a tranquil and peacefull 3rd age.
<A88> 15th January 2009, 13:02 Quote
Apple was failing miserably before Jobs returned and breathed life into it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of how they run themselves and go about certain things, they've certainly churned out some half decent products recently and it'll be interesting to see how well they'll cope without their skipper. Personally, I think they've got the right attitude within the company to carry on making products in the same philosophy as before- it's just a matter or whether they can carry on at the same rate without Jobs' infamous iron fist.
UrbanMarine 15th January 2009, 13:39 Quote
Overpriced products have finally caught up to him....damn that karma.
Bluephoenix 15th January 2009, 18:05 Quote
I may not agree with his (or the company's depending on your point of view) products on a technical standpoint, but I must give the man respect for the marketing genius he has.

if apple is a story of anything, it isn't so much a story of computer innovation but the power of properly used marketing tools.

we all owe this man something whether we like it or not, because the affordable apple pcs gave rise to the homebuilt pc's we use today, I for one wish him well.


and to those of you acting like Asses, have some decency and courtesy.
Firehed 15th January 2009, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe

Seriously, Joe? You're glad that someone else is suffering from bad medical issues? Uncool.
n3mo 15th January 2009, 21:57 Quote
Well, it was obvious, the guy has so much negative karma...

But seriously, I wish him well. I would love to see him failing on the market, but not due to health issues.
quack 15th January 2009, 23:07 Quote
Some people think he may not even return to Apple after his absence. Link.
Volund 15th January 2009, 23:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
time to jump to conclusions!
if his pancreas has suddenly died on him, then he's going to need insulin and if he's not getting any, then his muscles will wither away, causing a quick weight loss (commonly seen in people just after getting type 1 diabetes)
HE HAS THE DIABEETUS!

wow.... I can't stand Steve Jobs and I find that incredibly offensive... he got over cancer, which is an incredible achievement, and convinced millions to buy his companies crappy products (an even bigger achievement).

The stupidest thing he is doing now is not appointing a successor, unlike when Gates left microsoft (you barely noticed him leaving), it will be a big deal when he either dies or actually decides to leave, which will dump their stock like crazy.
jhanlon303 16th January 2009, 01:06 Quote
As one of several terminally ill members of this forum I applaud his desire to be with family and get away from the day to day pressures of running a business.

Whatever his current health issues are "they are his issues".
Most people cannot conceive of what a terminal illness or a major failing of the body does to one's mind. Cancer, changes in lifestyle, the inability of the body to cooperate are serious personal issues.

Leave him be.
I wish him a better future than I face.

john
LordPyrinc 16th January 2009, 01:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
I can tell you first hand that cancer is the one illness that haunts me and that I'd never wish anyone - friend or foe - to have to go through. I witnessed it first hand for the last two years with my late wife - it's quite simply the most evil and unforgiving disease I ever hope to have to see in action. We called it the b*stard, because that's probably the best way to describe it without getting too graphic or offensive.

My condolences. I have lost both friends and family to this disease. I only hope that someday the world can find a cure so that we don't have to see our loved ones suffer from this indiscriminate killer.
metarinka 16th January 2009, 05:40 Quote
speaking nothing of the mans ills the company stratedgy at this point is invested very much so in the image of steve jobs and the culture he creates. If I was more financially savvy I would put calls? on apple stock so that I made profit everytime apple stock fell.

Then again this is a pretty obvious stratedgy as the whole consumer electronics segment is falling, even Sony just posted a loss
DXR_13KE 16th January 2009, 21:05 Quote
the man is a bloody genious!!! shame his health is not helping...
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