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.
Godspeed, Steve Jobs.