Steve Jobs Announces "Hormone Imbalance" as Macworld Begins
As Macworld gets underway, rumors of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' health are once again swirling around the web. First of all, no, Steve Jobs is not dead. Secondly, Jobs has announced that he is indeed ill, the first public announcement on the subject from the man himself.
So far, I haven't heard any rumors of show-stopping announcements from MacWorld: discussion is mostly focused on Jobs' non-participation.
I suspect that the announcement was a move to prevent another stock drop.
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Officially, Apple said its decision to have Jobs skip the Macworld keynote address--perhaps the most widely followed annual presentation by any tech industry CEO--was linked to its decision to bail on Macworld entirely following this week's event. It's unclear what will happen to the conference following Apple's departure. The show's presenter, IDG World Expo, says the 2010 event is on. But it also plans to hold a "town meeting" during this week's show, where it will solicit ideas for the future.
His recovery could take until late spring but Jobs plans to remain as CEO, saying in the letter that he "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" and then tried to put the lid on the discussion: "So now I've said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this."