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Apple boss takes leave of absence

Steve Jobs to focus on his health.

Apple boss Steve Jobs has taken a medical leave of absence to focus on his health.

He will remain CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions, but the day-to-day running of the company is now COO Tim Cook's concern.

In an email sent to all Apple employees, the 55-year-old CEO said: "I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can.

"In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."

In January 2009 Jobs announced a six month leave of absence to allow him to better focus on his health. Cook, who had previously acted as CEO during a 2004 absence, became acting CEO. Jobs underwent a liver transplant in April 2009.

Apple is responsible for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.