Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced that he is taking a 6 month leave of absence to recuperate from health problems -the health issues he described two weeks ago as a minor hormonal imbalance. Most tech analysts are reporting that Steve’s health issues are probably more than minor, and perhaps a recurrence of the pancreatic cancer he battled in 2004.
Apple shares plunged 10.8 percent upon the announcement, with some speculation as to whether Jobs will be able to return to his job at all. Most analysts believe that Apple will be able to sustain its momentum even if Steve is unable to return. Still, Apple and the tech industry would suffer a grave loss if the man that brought us the Mac, the iPod, and the iPhone were no longer driving innovation. Get well soon Steve!