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Steve Jobs talks about this health in an open letter to the Mac community

Steve Jobs' health has been a hot topic of discussion ever since he made an appearance at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference in June looking somewhat emaciated. In late August, Jobs' obituary was published online accidently by Bloomberg despite the fact that he was still alive.

More recently, Gizmodo posted a story stating that the reason why Steve Jobs would not be attending this year's Macworld expo was due to his declining health. Gizmodo's story sparked off a firestorm of controversy and quite a bit of backlash from the Mac community on boards like Apple Insider.

CNBC's Jim Goldman also pushed back against the Gizmodo story stating the following, "I spoke to Apple after these headlines crossed and the company, which officially doesn't comment on rumors, reiterated the reasons it offered two weeks ago: Apple was pulling out of Macworld because the company didn't see the need to continue its investment in the expo, which included Steve Jobs' keynote."

However, Steve Jobs is now answering critics and the rumors that have been floating around the internet with a response of his own in this open letter.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

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.


We all wish Steve a speedy recovery.

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RE: Sounds like Jobs
By dcalfine on 1/5/2009 10:24:14 AM , Rating: 5
It's true, but Wozniak wouldn't have gotten anything if the brilliant marketing mind of Steve Jobs didn't help him. Love him or hate him, Jobs created what we know as Apple and was responsible for making the Apple ][ different from the Altair 8800.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By porkpie on 1/5/2009 12:11:24 PM , Rating: 5
I hate Jobs with every fibre of my being, but you're denying reality here. Jobs is the reason for Apple's success. He built the company from the ground up and, when he was tossed out as CEO, the company immediately nosedived. It didn't recover until they brought him back to work his marketing magic.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By akugami on 1/5/2009 3:06:57 PM , Rating: 4
It didn't immediately nosedive but it did start a long decline that finally resulted in a nosedive.

Jobs is not a programmer. Rather, he is a manager. From what we've seen of Apple 1.0, Apple 2.0, Pixar, and Next, he is highly successful at managing people. I'm not saying he's the easiest guy to be under since I do not know the man personally nor have I worked under him but his success speaks for his abilities.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By SoCalBoomer on 1/5/2009 3:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same boat - the amount of "despise" that I hold for Jobs is immense - mostly because I feel that he is all marketing and little substance ( he has people like Ives for that )

However, he really has given his all for Apple. When they ousted him, Apple went downhill and when they brought him back, its rise was meteoric.

Get well, Steve - then retire! :D

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:52:22 PM , Rating: 5
I dont think Jobs is worthy of anyones hate. Its a really strong word, used by fathers to describe how they feel about the man who raped their daughter. Murdered their son. Robbed their grandmother of her home, ect ect.

Jobs only real crimes are being a pumpus ass, and coming out with alot of things that may or may not trigger a status symbol' type of feeling for some of the more low self esteemed buyers. However thats true with any popular device.

Honestly, its kind of silly that the word hate is tossed around so easily these days. We either need to stop being so emo, or make up a new word to describe the real hanus stuff.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By inighthawki on 1/5/2009 4:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
While you seem more on track with the meaning of hate, i believe the word is tossed around and used more as a point of saying that they do not like Apple, Jobs, or what they stand for. I for one do not like Apple's products, their marketing strategies, etc and honestly feel that Apple is a very bad company, not in terms of how successfully, but overall just bad. I don't like their products (and that's no reason to 'hate' a company) but I do feel as though people see apple in the wrong light for what it really is in my eyes.

And i say this knowing this is fully a subjective opinion, and not to be taken in the wrong sense by the people who read this.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 5:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, i know what they are saying. I agree with you on that point. Im just saying its a bit too strong. Actually... alot too strong. I find hate (and love) to be the ultimate extremes in life of emotion.

I dislike them being used in a manner where really, its just a company, not a dictatorship killing families.

I dont like alot of what they do either. I think the iPod is ugly. I think the iPhone is ugly. I like OS X. I think they have too much egotisim, but I also understand from keeping up with them and Microsoft that it stems from being an underdog with (at one time) superior hardware. (g3/g4 back in the day). Its hard to understand how they came to where they are unless you used them since OS 5, but that doesnt mean even if you do understand, everything they do is good.

I feel they set most of their own image, but alot of zealots really push it down sharply with their own attitude about the platform and it makes the whole image suffer even further with alot of people.

In the end though, i think we are in a better place with Apple, than without them. Just as i think we are in a better place with AMD than without them. The size of the market share really is irrelevant when its enough to get the other side working harder to make their bottem line.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By DASQ on 1/5/2009 12:33:17 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Samus on 1/5/2009 6:38:55 PM , Rating: 3
It is my understanding that Jonathan Ive designed the iMac, iPod and iPhone. Jobs was the one that thought up all the early failures of Apple and is now the corporate monkey on a string.

Your timeline is jacked up. Job's 'left' Apple in the early 90's, only to come back in the mid-90's to introduce the iMac. The color options were his idea, and the style of the iMac ultimately led to their success. The iPod was stylistically and functionally Jobs' idea, but obviously had input from many great minds.

However, that said, I don't own a single Apple product and would rather not be associated with the Apple community.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Bateluer on 1/5/2009 11:00:09 AM , Rating: 5
Jobs has also had the balls to stand up to the RIAAs attempts to destroy iTunes and online distribution of music. A lesser man would have caved. Jobs is too stubborn to back down when he thinks he's right, regardless of whether he actually is or not.

That programmer hubris can work in one's favor sometimes.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: -1
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 4:58:03 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, you must know alot about him and personal insider info into Apple itself to make a statement like that.

Honestly do you think someone thats worked in the industry for probably longer than youve been alive and worked closely with one of the greatest techies of our time (Woz) didnt pick up a bit of programming along the way?

Obviously he inst a programmer, but i have my doubt about what you say being true, and I know for a fact you wouldn't know if it was anyway.

Its been cool to dislike the guy for years, but youre not really helping make any points for your "side" just like an Apple zealot isnt helping by being insane.

-Consumer of good products regardless of the brand.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/09, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds like Jobs
By icanhascpu on 1/5/2009 5:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Woz, im sorry to say, hasn't been close with Steve for decades. So im sorry, your angry little opinion is far outdated. Irrelevant, and egotistic worthy of the most shiny and highly yelled Apple product.

There is a reason you got a -1.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/5/2009 5:29:03 PM , Rating: 1
There is a reason you got a -1.

Yea, cause people don't understand the rating system. If you believe that is an accurate depiction of a comment, you live in quite the world my friend.

You're so right, he totally just picked up programming while being the CEO of a company. Even though Bill Gates didn't even check the code of Windows for years towards the end, which he has been quoted as saying he had to work hard to get over that fact and he was a real programmer.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By robinthakur on 1/6/2009 5:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
You really are a douchebag with too much time on your hands. There's a difference between disliking Apple for their business decisions and knocking an ill Steve jobs for his candour, who even his detractors would agree has been highly influential to the way consumer technology has developed since the 80's. His influence on Apple, Pixar and the music industry has been massive and under his stewardship, Apple has become a force to be reckoned with once more.

Whilst i expected his 'open letter' to be drowned in smaltz and hubris, I eventually found cmyself admiring his dedication and felt sorry that people's constant speculation in the media forced someone who obviously values their privacy into writing a letter of this nature to protect the company stock price.

What have you ever done which anyone will remember? Your remarkably petty attitude stinks and that's why you get -1's. Whether the topic is Blu-rays or Apple, your opinions are consistently incorrect on facts and utterly pointless so do us all a favour and get lost until you grow up.

RE: Sounds like Jobs
By Gzus666 on 1/6/2009 9:55:45 AM , Rating: 1
Your remarkably petty attitude stinks and that's why you get -1's. Whether the topic is Blu-rays or Apple, your opinions are consistently incorrect on facts and utterly pointless so do us all a favour and get lost until you grow up.

If you look, I randomly get rated 5 or -1 depending on what schmo is around. In one post above I stated Jobs never programmed, Woziak did, +5. Another, I reiterate this with proof, -1. Most of the things that get high rated on this site are short, sarcastic comments. Go through them and that is predominately the case.

Now, everyone loves to throw around him being so influential, would you actually show cause and effect for this? The arguments people use for this is like the arguments people use for miracles. Well, I prayed really hard and he got better, so it must have been the prayer. Of course the science behind it is always ignored for this to work.

An example would be the Jonathan Ive comment I made. He is credited with making all the things I stated, yet it gets rated -1. Why, because it includes facts? Or because it says Jobs helped produce many a flop in the beginning of the companies life and now he is a monkey? Apple Lisa-Failure and Jobs pet project. Macintosh-not started by Jobs, he merely took over part way through the project.

What I have been looking for to no avail is actual proof of something Jobs did that propelled this company into a financial boom. Now everything I see major to come out of Apple seems to be made and designed by someone else, be it Woziak or Ive in my other example. So far, I have seen him do nothing but be a corporate mascot, which would make him nothing more than a corporate monkey.

So rather than spout the usual cookie cutter crap about him being so great, how about you actually cite examples like normal people that argue do.

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