Apple’s Steve Jobs Takes Time Off Due To Health

Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs will be taking medical leave to focus on his health, this break from work comes two years after his 6 month sabbatical following his liver transplant operation.

Engadget reported on the Apple CEO’s decision, highlighting a press release of the email Jobs sent out to all Apple employees, it read: Team, At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011. I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

As CNN Money confirmed, this isn’t the only time that the CEO has taken leave on health grounds, since 2004 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although this was classed as a treatable form, back in December 2008 he missed the Macworld conference where he normally gives his annual keynote address. This was soon followed by his liver transplant operation in January 2009.

This latest announcement coincides with Jobs absences at the Verizon event last week where the AT&T rival announced its introduction of Apple’s iPhone 4.

So far information has been scarce as to the reasons for this medical break, or how long he will be resting. But there is know doubt that Jobs will be keeping a close eye on Apple’s progress, especially at such a busy time with the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 shortly entering into the limelight.

Tell us if you think that this could be the start of Steve Jobs taking more of a back seat role? Or do you think that the CEO will be back stronger than ever to move Apple into the future?