Why Steve Really Isn’t Giving the Keynote (Seriously)

January 5, 2009

Yesterday we posted wild speculation about why Steve isn’t giving the keynote. Steve Jobs set us straight this morning.

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¬ít 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.


Personally, I found the letter to be extremely smug. He obviously is pissed off about having to disclose his health problems, but he needs to realize that since he is worth so much to Apple, he has no choice but to disclose his health problems. I’m glad he finally set the record straight though, because now we can all enjoy Macworld tomorrow.

By the way, I love how he called Macworld a “show”….

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5 Responses to “Why Steve Really Isn’t Giving the Keynote (Seriously)”

  1. Jarro said

    How dare he keep his personal & private medical concerns to himself! So selfish!!

  2. Kon. Tom. said

    Mike, I certainly don’t agree with your comments regarding Jobs privacy. Health, family and other maters of similar nature are strictly private and intimate, even if you are a celeb-CEO, or a star, starlet et cetera. In consequence considering private information as an essential part of a public announcement is unacceptable.

    I think Jobs anger is driven by the fact that he has to account for every movement he makes, “Jobs veered left! Is he sick? Is Apple dying” and that sort of media extravaganza. However, it would be nice of Jobs to make a public announcement beforehand as to why he won’t be able to attend MacWorld and give an explanation on why Apple chooses to abandon a community that has been supportive through Apple’s ups and downs. But he is in no way obliged to in my opinion.

  3. Kon. Tom. said

    And something I forgot to add. Jobs is property to himself, and to no Apple fan, community et cetera. If he decides to stop, I see no excuse for us to act like that and demand his return or in this case reaching the point of publishing private information. I am disappointed as much as you are, but I think the Mac community should stand up to it’s level and retain composure.

  4. Frogmella said

    Actually.. Steve’s memo does NOT say that this is the reason he isn’t giving the keynote. In fact, I’d say it’s carefully worded to make you jump to that conclusion, but deliberately avoids stating it as fact.

    So… Mike, you WERE right. Jobs for Obama CTO!! :-)

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