Barely one day after it was reported that Steve Jobs, appearing healthy, was spotted on the Apple campus smiling while chatting on his phone, now comes a report that he is terminally ill with as little as 6 weeks to live!
According to The National Enquirer, their photos, as seen above, supposedly show Steve entering the Standford Cancer Center. Personally, even though it could be Steve, the man in the picture appears to be far older, plus his hair is considerably longer so I personally have my doubts. Then again, terminal illness's tends to make one look older.
Of course, the question is: whom do we believe? The National Enquirer, a bloody gossip rag, or numerous people who claim to have seen Steve on various occasions not only on the Apple campus, but all over Cupertino ?
What really makes me suspect the information coming from the Enquirer is the report that Steve will soon be meeting, along with Eric Schmidt Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley executives, with president Obama in San Francisco.
Surely, for goodness sakes, if Steve really was on his deathbed, would he be traveling to meet with the President? I can think of a lot of things that I rather be doing if I ever were that ill... like spending as much time with my family and friends!
Personally, I can only hope that Steve is NOT anywhere near as sick as the Enquierer makes him out to be, and I must say that I'm a little baffled by all of the various and conflicting reports regarding Steve's health. It's bad enough that he and Apple choose to remain silent on the matter, but the worst part is that others are not keeping quiet.
It seems that some are deliberately going out of their way to get the false message out that if, or when, Steve dies, so dies Apple! That is, of course, a lot of bunk, but people nonetheless continue to pump it out.
In conclusion, Apple has already proven, time and time again, that it can function more than well enough with or without Steve. Yes, Apple is better off with him, but Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive's, Phil Schiller and the rest of Apple's executive team are some of the most capable professionals that you'll find anywhere, and all of them now trained to think and act like Steve himself, so Apple should do fine, just fine, Steve or no Steve.
In the meantime, get better Steve.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, February 16, 2011