Last time he took a medical leave of absence in 2009, Steve Jobs was gone for six months following a liver transplant, hopefully it is something less serious now. Here is the whole text of the email, sent to Apple's 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.
What do you think, now that the next generations of the iPad and iPhone seem to be in full swing, does it matter that Apple's stock on Wall Street will probably take a beating? Is Apple resilient enough to withstand the withdrawal of its charismatic CEO, who obviously needs a break?