first_img Apple’s Steve Jobs takes medical leave Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap whatsapp alison.lock whatsapp Monday 17 January 2011 10:30 am APPLE chief executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave, two years after taking a six-month break when he underwent a liver transplant.Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, said chief operating officer Tom Cook would take responsibility for day-to-day operations but he would continue to be chief executive and be involved in major strategic decisions.“At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health,” Jobs, 55, wrote in an email to staff published on a regulatory newswire. “I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can.”Apple shares tumbled 8.3 per cent in Frankfurt this afternoon although the US markets were closed for a public holiday.Apple has been closely identified with the charismatic Jobs, who revived the computer maker’s fortunes in 1996 after a 12-year absence from the company he co-founded.Analysts said the effect on Apple’s operations should be limited in the short term, since its product line-up was strong, but his absence would be a worry if it became prolonged. Cook ran day-to-day operations during Jobs’s last absence in 2009.“It wasn’t expected. This will come as a surprise to Apple investors and definitely take some shine off the Apple stock,” said Alexander Peterc, equity analyst at Exane.“But even if Steve Jobs never returns to Apple, I would not expect a visible, tangible impact on how Apple is executing over the next couple of years.” Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more