Apple’s Steve Jobs steals the show

September 9, 2009

New colors, video camera, price cuts. Whatever. The Apple show belonged to Steve Jobs.

So how did he look? Rail thin, as you can see from this picture (see below or click here for a bunch more shots of the 54-year old chief executive). That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given he’s recovering from a liver transplant.

Even looking frail, however, his presence pumped up the crowd. “Steve Jobs making an appearance was definitely a pleasant surprise,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst with Kaufman Brothers. Another analyst, Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech added, “I was surprised to see Steve. It’s great to see that he’s doing well.”

Here is a chronology of Jobs’ health issues:


August: Jobs announces he underwent successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. He says it was a rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.


June: Jobs mentions the cancer in a commencement address at Stanford University. “This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades,” he says.
Read the whole speech and see the video here.


June 9: Jobs appears dramatically thinner at an Apple iPhone event, touching off speculation that the cancer has returned. The company said later he was fighting a “common bug” and taking antibiotics. Apple called Jobs’ health a “private matter”.

July 26: The New York Times journalist Joe Nocera wrote in a column that he had spoken to Jobs about his health but that because the conversation was off record, he could not disclose what was said. “While his health problems amounted to a good deal more than ‘a common bug,’ they weren’t life-threatening and he doesn’t have a recurrence of cancer,” Nocera wrote.

Sept. 9: At an iPod product launch, Jobs jokes about his health by walking on stage in front of a giant screen that flashed “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” — a quotation borrowed from Mark Twain.

Oct. 3: A false Internet report that Jobs had suffered a heart attack briefly pushes Apple shares down 2 percent to a 17-month low. Apple quickly denied the report on, a citizen journalist site owned by CNN.

Oct. 14: At a Mac product launch event, Jobs jokes again about his health. His blood pressure was 110 over 70 and he said, “And that’s all we’re going to be talking about Steve’s health today.”

Dec. 16: Apple said Jobs won’t deliver the keynote address at the Macworld trade show in January, reviving concerns about his health. Asked to explain the decision, spokesman Steve Dowling said it would be the last time Apple takes part in Macworld so “it doesn’t make sense for us to make a major investment in a trade show we’ll no longer be attending.”

Dec. 30: Apple shares fall as much as 2 percent after Gizmodo reported that Jobs health was “rapidly declining” and that was the reason why he canceled the Macworld keynote.


Jan. 5: Jobs says he has been losing weight throughout 2008 and his doctors think a hormone imbalance was “robbing” him of proteins. He says he has begun a “relatively simple and straightforward” treatment for his nutritional problem and that he will continue as CEO during recovery. “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,” he says. Apple shares rise 5 percent.

Jan. 14: Jobs announces medical leave until the end of June, saying his health issues are “more complex” than originally thought. He hands day-to-day operations to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook and says he plans to remain involved in major strategic decisions. Apple shares fall 10 percent in after-hours trading. Read his email to employees here.

Jan. 21: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining Apple’s disclosures about Jobs to ensure investors were not mislead, Bloomberg reports.

June 8: Apple unveils new iPhone 3GS at its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference but Jobs does not make an appearance.

June 20: The Wall Street Journal reports that Jobs had a liver transplant in Memphis, Tennessee about two months ago and he is expected to return to work later in June. Apple declines comment except to say it expects Jobs back at the end of the month.

June 22: Jobs is spotted at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, underscoring expectations that he is either back at work or will return soon.

June 23: The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute confirms it performed a liver transplant on Jobs and says he is “recovering well and has an excellent prognosis.” The hospital does not give more details, saying the confirmation had come with Jobs’ permission.

June 29: Jobs returns from medical leave. An Apple spokesman says Jobs will be in the office a few days a week, and work from home the rest of the time.


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Feels like a bit too much, especially since they asked for his health to be a personal matter.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive

Steve Jobs looks good! What’s up with us in this country? Another article I read went way too far, saying he looks “gaunt”. His cheeks are not sunken, his eyes are not sunken, his cheeks look flush. Are we so used to overweight people that this is what we call “gaunt”? I wish I looked that good! I’m 2 yrs younger, 20 lbs overweight, and have permanent shadows under my eyes ’cause gravity’s taking over (and I’m arthritic, in pain most of the time).Of course his recovery is a struggle, he’s not gonna be 100% in just 3 months, but please, the man looks better than he looked last year. He’s slim and upbeat. His new liver didn’t get rejected by his body, and with the health care he can buy, and his good habits, he’ll probably live longer than me.

Posted by Virginia | Report as abusive

I would think with all his money he’d be able to afford nicer clothes.

Posted by wimpygirl | Report as abusive

I would like to talk to Steve about his fight with cancer. Last year I had two throat cancers removed from my throat. I am the same age as Steve and plan on being around for some time. I feel great now and I hope Steve is doing great also.

Posted by Richard Olson | Report as abusive

Fantastic! Organ donation, people – sign those drivers’ licenses!

Posted by Melanie | Report as abusive

iMac Touch? The next big thing?Why called iMac? like iPhone, it’s a success follower. :)

Posted by louis siaw | Report as abusive

In response to: 11:48 pm GMTI would think with all his money he’d be able to afford nicer clothes.- Posted by wimpygirlHe is a brilliant business man with the best company and the best product. He can afford to dress however he wishes and in whatever makes him comfortable. There is no need to try and dress to impress people who are more interested in the decoration than the substance.And to Steve Jobs, in case you are actually reading these comments. I wish you a rapid and complete recovery. It was nice to see you on my computer screen last week.

Posted by FAL | Report as abusive