The most feared by everyone is that Steve Jobs had another surgical procedure to treat his previous pancreatic cancer, and speculations were heading to the possibility that the cancer had returned. But the talks are quickly blew off by an Apple spokeswoman, who said that just few weeks before the event Steve Jobs had a “common bug” and he also had a high fever for the week preceding his presentation. Steve Jobs considered canceling his appearance because of that, but he didn’t wish to skip the long scheduled event.
The reporters didn’t missed Steve Jobs’ obvious thin appearance either, and again Steve Jobs reassured everyone by saying; “I feel fine,” during in an interview after the presentation. But that didn’t ease the minds of investors and analysts at Wall Street, the talks and the rumors were soaring while Apple’s stock was tumbling down.
When Steve Jobs was keeping low profile about his health and didn’t want to talk about it, such secrecy from one of Steve Jobs’ many “strange” policies is only made it worse. Then it was Apple chief financial office Peter Oppenheimer, who made an official statement during the company’s quarterly conference call; "Steve loves Apple. He serves at the pleasure of Apple's board. He has no plans to leave Apple. Steve's health is a private matter."
Oppenheimer’s statement shows how tight they’re at Apple about almost anything, no body will talk without any consent from Steve Jobs himself. Although Steve Jobs has told several associates, as well as some members of Apple’s board, that he is dealing with nutritional problems in the wake of his cancer surgery. Medical descriptions of the surgery state that in some cases it leads to weight loss and low energy.
When the rumors didn’t stop, and seemed to heighten to create more worries in investors’ mind; Steve Jobs put it all to an end with a surprise call to a New York Times journalist Joe Nocera and said:
“This is Steve Jobs. You think I’m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.”
After the uncommon dialog opening, Steve Jobs told Joe about the recent health problem he’s been dealing. But the conversation is off the record, and according to the journalist code ethic, Joe can’t disclose to us what it was about. Joe can only indicated that the health problem is indeed not much different than what we have heard so far, and it’s not life threatening.
What really strikes the whole thing about Steve Jobs’ health secrecy is why he wanted to hide it in the first place if it’s not a serious illness? Either Steve Jobs like it or not, or whether he realized it or not, he is a public figure. And we can’t talk about Apple, without talking about Steve Jobs. Without Steve Jobs, Apple is just another computer company.
Is it? Is Apple not an Apple without Steve Jobs? Many believes so, I truly think so, and surely are the Apple stockholders. Because whatever Apple’s products we like so much today like iPhones, Macs, iPods; all are the result of Steve Jobs persistent to pursue his uncanny perspective and often drive mad his employees and engineers as well.
I don’t have to give you a far away of an example, take our own Sammy for an instance. Sammy has glued us all with his own way in maintaining this weblog, and I know many of you have at least felt the same. That’s why you still visit PalmAddict every now and then don’t you? Without Sammy to hold the helm of PalmAddict, will you still like PalmAddict compared to other tech weblogs out there?
A good leadership is hard to find, the captain of the ship can take it sail smoothly across the vast and dangerous sea, or drive it to the nearest rock and sink it faster than the sunset in the afternoon. My biggest worries are on Microsoft, AMD and Yahoo; will those big companies prevail or not, it all depends on the next move of their leaders/CEOs.
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