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Concerns over Steve Jobs' health resurface

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue June 10, 2008

Steve Jobs health

Past concerns for the health of Apple CEO Steve Jobs are resurfacing after his demonstration of the iPhone onstage at the WWDC keynote, with a spokeswoman passing off his mince physique as a "common bug". The Wall Street Journal reports that, in addition to the new iPhone, bloggers and internet news sites are abuzz with talk of whether Jobs is in good health or not. Jobs recently suffered from pancreatic cancer, which was revealed after it was believed to have been treated.

Jobs is largely viewed as irreplaceable at Apple, due to his work with the company, that has since turned it from a minority computing platform, into a widespread electronics company with a constantly growing user base.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kkingmd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought he looked bad

    I was watching the cast and thought, "Gee, Steve looks like he's lost a lot of weight." I'm a physician, but I'm not his. However, he looks... er.... not good. I hope he is going okay.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At the risk of sounding like a fanatic, I launched his MacWorld presentation in HD quicktime, right next to the one from yesterday (two 19" monitors, side by side). The man may have lost two pounds since January. He also lost a bit of facial hair - he has a 2-day beard, whereas in January he was sporting a 4-day stubble. Other than that, he looks exactly the same.

    He is just fine.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He seems to have lost more hair, and what he has left has turned whiter.

  1. jvoskuil

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What does "mince physique" mean? I've never heard the phrase, can't figure it out from the context, and can't find anything in any dictionary definition of "mince" that gives a clue. Maybe some kind of regional dialect thing? Can someone help out here?

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes but

    his balls are as big and brassy as ever.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    very upsetting

    My heart sunk when I saw a still from the presentation yesterday.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He's Fine.. Vasic pointed out, there is little to no difference from his presentation in January - most people notice the difference from the PR photos floating around, that show a 'fuller' Jobs, and they assume the worst.

    Go one year further back:

    Yeah, he's a bit fuller, but overall not by much. Maybe between 2007 to 2008, he may have lost 5 pounds.

    No cause for alarm.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    told you!

    Although the only thing I noticed was that he was packing socks.

    And couldn't he just be one of those vegan-hippie "I've got to be thin!" types?

    Hey, it could be worse. He could look like Ballmer.

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Terminal Illness

    I have it on good authority that Steve is afflicted with a slow-developing but ultimately terminal illness. It is most commonly known as "aging." There is no cure.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Common bug?

    I don't know. His appearance and weight doesn't seem to have changed that much since January of this year, but if you compare this year to his keynote presentation in January 2007, he's definitely lost weight:

    Hopefully his weight loss is merely the result of a change in eating/diet/exercise/lifestyle habits, and not something scarier.

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