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12 November 2019

Steve Jobs confirms health rumors are true…but not quite as dark

jobs2 Steve Jobs confirms health rumors are true...but not quite as dark

The state of Steve Jobs health has been a topic of speculation for well over a year now.  Because he suffered a bout of pancreatic cancer in the past, his visible weight loss throughout 2008 fueled all kinds of rumors and many people actually thought he was a dying man.  I’m really not into speculating about a person’s health.  The man does have a personal life outside of Apple that is private and should be respected.  But when he’s the one that’s doing the talking, it just has to be mentioned.

The man so quiet, closed and enigmatic has actually published on open letter on the Apple website confirming he is having health problems.  There is no mention of cancer or death, but I’ve got to say that the letter is pretty cryptic.  Jobs states that doctors believe he has a hormone imbalance that somehow interferes with his body’s proper use of protein.  This, he says, is the reason he will not be delivering the keynote speech at MacWorld this year (it starts tomorrow).  But he figures his health should be back to normal by sometime in the spring.

But near the end of the letter things get strange.  What does Jobs mean by this?

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.

What is this supposed to mean? Is Jobs, in his typical enigmatic way, hinting at impending retirement?  In any case, I’m glad to hear that his health problem is treatable and wish him the best in his recovery.

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