Apple had announced in December, 2008 that Macworld 2009 (starts today) will be the last time they will exhibit at Macworld Expo. They had also announced that Steve Jobs will not be delivering the last keynote at the show. They said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing will be giving it instead.
This had triggered rumors across the blogosphere that the reason for Steve Jobs not delivering the keynote address was due to his worsening health while there were some who reported that the reason was more to do with politics than his health.
Thankfully in a public letter Steve Jobs has clarified that a hormone imbalance is to blame for the weight loss and he is on the road to recovery and will remain CEO.
Public letter from Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs below:
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
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.
Here’s a statement from Apple’s board:
It is widely recognized both inside and outside of Apple that Steve Jobs is one of the most talented and effective CEOs in the world.
As we have said before, if there ever comes a day when Steve wants to retire or for other reasons cannot continue to fulfill his duties as Apple’s CEO, you will know it.
Apple is very lucky to have Steve as its leader and CEO, and he deserves our complete and unwavering support during his recuperation. He most certainly has that from Apple and its Board.
Thankfully all of them were wrong and though Gizmodo was partly right, Steve Jobs is skipping Apple’s last appearance at Macworld due to his health, but his health is not worsening rapidly and the good news is he is on the road to recovery.
We wish him a very speedy recovery and all the best Phil Schiller for his first Keynote address tomorrow.
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