A sad day for Apple and for anyone who loves and follows the happenings at the company. Breaking news just a few moments ago, Apple released an email sent by Steve Jobs to all Apple employees (see screenshot, click to enlarge). It details that he is taking a medical leave of absence and has left Tim Cook in charge of the day to day business at Apple HQ.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:
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.
I am sure all my readers will join me in wishing Steve all the best and hope to see his speedy return.