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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 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.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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