After the Sept. 2008 Apple press event to announce that year’s iPod lineup, the biggest thing discussed was not the newest MP3 players, but instead the health of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. There was no question that he had looked unhealthy, and while he had never exactly been heavy, he had obviously lost a significant amount of weight.
In Jan. 2009 Mr. Jobs announced he was taking a six month leave of absence from Apple to work on his health, citing a “hormone imbalance” in a letter he released to the public. It was later learned he actually had a liver transplant, and that he had come through it swimmingly. The problem is that Mr. Jobs is now watched like a hawk every time he appears in public. At the Sept. 2009 iPod event he looked a bit healthier, but still somewhat gaunt.
At last week’s iPad announcement event, the first question my own mother asked me after I called her to tell her the event was over and what had been announced, she blurted out with, “How did he look?” The state of Steve Jobs’ health has become almost as big a topic as what the next version of the iPhone will do.
Embedded above is a video that was shot by someone of Steve Jobs leaving the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco after the iPad event. Valleywag is the one who dubbed this sample of his walking as the “labored old man shuffle”, and evidence that his entourage didn’t want it photographed or videoed.
Perhaps I’m crazy, but what I see is a guy walking with someone who is speaking to him, and not in a particular hurry to get somewhere. I have done this exact same talk, and I can assure you I have never had a liver transplant.
As for saying his entourage wants to hide him, well, yes, there are numerous people around, but the sum total of them cutting off him being video taped is someone (I actually believe it’s Mr. Jobs who says it) saying, “Okay, guys, thank you. That’s enough.”
As you can see from the picture in this post, there was cause for concern in Sept. 2008, but he looks far healthier today, although not as good as 2007, but he is certainly not at death’s door.
Lets see you go through a liver transplant and see how you do.