Cupertino, Calif. – Apple (NASD:  AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday
announced that he will take another medical leave of absence from the company,
following a medical leave in 2009 during which he underwent a liver transplant
and treatment for pancreatic cancer. "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," Jobs said in a note to employees also released by the company.

During Jobs’ absence, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook will once again
take over responsibility for the company’s day-to-day operations, as he did
during Jobs’ previous medical leave, which lasted six months.

"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," Jobs added.



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