Last week, Gizmodo rumoured that that Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ health was in a very bad condition, so bad in fact that the “inevitable news” would arrive coming Spring. Then, Apple characteristically declined to comment on the rumour, meaning Gizmodo’s story couldn’t be verified. As it turns out, Gizmodo’s story does have a hint of truth, but luckily, Jobs’ health isn’t even remotely in as bad a condition as they made it out to be.
In an open letter to everyone, Steve Jobs clarified the situation around his health, and while he is indeed ill, it’s nothing to get too worried about. He notes that “his decision” to let Phil Shiller hold deliver the keynote ignited a flurry of rumours regarding Jobs’ health; he wants to reassure the Apple community that he is okay, so that everyone can “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 treatment is relatively simple, according to Jobs’ doctors. “The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment,” Jobs writes, “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.” He added: “I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.”
He also notes that he will be the first to tell the board of directors if he is no longer capable of fulfilling his duties as CEO of Apple. He hopes that the Apple community will support him in his recovery. “So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this,” he closes his letter.
Let’s hope Jobs has a speedy and fluent recovery.