Apple chief Steve Jobs has taken six months leave,
prompting further fears about his deteriorating health.
Jobs will step aside until June to deal with his
health issues, which turned out to be ‘more complex’ than originally thought.
Apple chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take
day-to-day charge of the business until the end of June. However, Jobs will
remain involved in ‘major strategic decisions’ during the period.
The industry has high expectations
of Apple’s plans for 2009. It is understood the company is poised to release a
cheaper version of the iPhone, dubbed the iPhone nano. Rumours are also flying
that the company is working on some kind of ultra portable device.
Jobs is viewed as the chief creative force behind the
company’s line-up of products, which include Mac laptops, as well as the iPod
and the iPhone.
Last week, Jobs said his marked weight-loss over the
last few months was due to a hormone imbalance that was relatively simple to