I leave for five minutes to go pick up my kid, and news chooses to happen right then.
Here’s the meat – Steve Jobs sent the following letter out to his team today:
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal
with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.
In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to
allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have
decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.
The letter more or less says it all, but it’s some pretty interesting news, to say the least. It’s being framed as a move due to the distracting reports from the media, but without even looking at other pundits, I’m certain we’ll see this turn into a chicken-or-the-egg debate ad infinitum.
In the time it took me to write this up on my blog, there’s been 722 Twitter posts on it already, so you know this is going to be a thing.