Steve Jobs’ health not a factor in his decision not to attend Macworld

Tue, Dec 16, 2008


Jim Goldman of CNBC is reporting that Steve Jobs is in fine health, and that that wasn’t a factor in choosing Phil Schiller to deliver the keynote at Macworld ’09 in San Francisco.

I can tell you that sources inside the company tell me that Jobs’ decision was more about politics than his pancreas. Sources tell me that if Jobs for some reason was unable to perform any of his responsibilities as CEO because of health reasons, which would include the Macworld keynote, I should “rest assured that the board would let me know.”

As John Gruber from DaringFireball points out, a continued Apple presence at Macworld with no Steve Jobs would be a lot more worrisome than a complete Apple withdrawal, which is what’s happening.  I also wonder if Steve Jobs was getting fed up with reports about his health, fueled in part by the faulty assumption that Steve Jobs IS Apple, and if Steve were to go, Apple would go down the tubes.  So, perhaps Steve Jobs’ conspicuous absence from Macworld is also an effort to make Steve less of the “face” of the company.  And one more thing.. well not really, but we’ll sure miss it…


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