By Harry McCracken | Monday, January 17, 2011 at 7:55 am
Apple CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs is going on medical leave for an unspecified length of time. Jobs, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, went on a previous leave two years ago, during which he had a liver transplant, and returned in June of 2009. As before, Apple COO Tim Cook (who represented the company at last week’s Verizon iPhone event) will be in charge of day-to-day operations in Jobs’ absence.
During Jobs’ 2009 leave, a high percentage of of the tech pundits who speculated about the upshot mostly proved that it’s a lousy idea for techies to try and play medical expert.