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Steve Jobs’ Health On Display At WWDC

People take to Twitter to express concern

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When the news hit last week that Steve Jobs would be giving the keynote address at Apple’s 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, it seemed as though it was good news regarding his health, which has been in the spotlight since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But today at WWDC, Jobs’ trademark black turtleneck hung off an incredibly thin frame, raising even more concerns about his health situation.

From the photos emerging and the commentary on Twitter, it is clear that many think he looked gaunt and unhealthy. Many are saying that that his voice sounded weak. Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac has a different opinion, saying “There was a lot of good stuff unveiled by Apple this morning at WWDC. But the best news? Steve Jobs looked pretty healthy. Yeah, he didn’t spend much time on stage. Yes, he looks thinner than normal. Yes, he had to hitch his jeans up a couple of times. But all-in-all, I thought he looked pretty vibrant and energetic on stage.”

This reading of the situation seems to be in total opposition with the views on Twitter, with nearly every tweet I’ve seen regarding Jobs’ health saying that he didn’t look good. If you go by the market, they also seem to agree that he didn’t look too great.

It seems that Job’s poor health and appearance at the WWDC has had an effect on Apple stock. According to the AP, Apple’s stock is down 1.3% in afternoon trading. It was up this morning, but fell shortly after Jobs left the stage. Apparently investors are worried about the effect Job’s declining health may have on the company. It seems unlikely that even the unfortunate event of Job’s death would derail the company, however. Apple just became the worlds most valuable brand according to a report by Millward Brown

Jobs received a warm ovation as he took the stage, coming out to an ironic playing of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” During the keynote, he discussed their new Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and their new cloud services entitled iCloud.

Here are a couple of photos snapped of Jobs, the first courtesy of Engadget and the second courtesy of tweet from xdamman, via his Instagram account.

Here’s what the Twitterverse is saying about Jobs’ appearance:

Steve Jobs looks skeletal. Poor guy can’t be in the greatest health. 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

For example, just favorited a tweet about how Steve Jobs looked in poor health on stage. Favoriting it feels wrong in many ways. 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

The real drama of Steve Jobs’ health, undercurrent within the manufactured drama of Apple announcements, is compelling. People can’t exhale 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Can’t help but notice how sick Steve Jobs sounds. :( get better soon buddy. 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Steve Jobs is a reminder that wealth can’t buy you health. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

From what you’ve seen, what do you think?

Steve Jobs’ Health On Display At WWDC
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  • Cathy

    Yes, Steve Jobs is thin, but you are healthy people looking at a cancer patient after treatment. It does not necessarily mean he is of bad health. He looks like he just finished treatment which can cause weight loss for all cancer patients, many gain their weight back over time. Unless you have cancer you may not know this. Cancer is not a test of weight but strength and will power. A good majority of cancer patients look like this after treatment, and most will recover their weight. Steve Jobs has amazing will power, enough to show up on stage after treatment, he may gain his weight back. Stop looking at a’moment of his life to judge his future. You just caught him on a bad day. A month from now things could be different. You can’t judge a cancer patient from one bad day or all cancer patients are doomed…take a leap of faith. I have a feeling he will be around a long time.

  • Giovanna

    Actually, as a response to the last tweet displayed, wealth CAN buy you health… but not immortality. The thing is, he is not just a victim of cancer. He is a victim of pancreatic cancer who also has a history of organ transplant. Pancreatic cancer kills 95% of the pacients in 5 years; the other 5% live for only some years more. Steve’s got money, but he won’t live for more than a decade (tops) after the news of his cancer. As he discovered having cancer in 2004, he is probably retiring after 2011 so that he can spend his last two years or so comfortable at home.

  • Kurt

    Who can’t see that this genius of a man, who has controlled some of the great innovations in technology, is not able to take control of his own fate?

    As a self proclaimed ‘Fan Boy”, I’m sad to see this inspiring icon slowly wither away. Any of you who’ve watched a loved one, lose to cancer knows that Steve is not likely to live a long life. He looks as though he has stepped over the threshold between this life and the life beyond. I hope by writing these words he proves all of us who doubt his fate, wrong! He has demonstrated over and over again that you can never count him out. I pray for his sake and that of his family that whatever he is battling will be another victory that he grabs from the jaws of defeat.

    All the best Steve

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