Jobs Takes Medical Leave

Apple boss Steve Jobs is taking medical leave from the company to concentrate on his health. In an email to Apple employees, Jobs said that Apple’s board of directors had granted him a medical leave of absence at his own request, but stressed that he would be involved in all major decisions, and would remain as CEO. In Jobs’ absence, COO Tim Cook will take over day-to-day running of the company.

Jobs has suffered with a number of ailments in recent years. In 2004, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in, and had surgery to treat it. Jobs was also absent for several months from the end of 2008 to mid-2009 for a liver transplant.

This latest enforced absence comes as Apple plans for the launch of V2 of the iPad, and of Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad newspaper.